Self Care – Adult illness

“I feel unwell, should I self-care or should I see my doctor?”

 

Some of the most common illnesses are sore throats, colds, ear infections, cough and sinusitis.  In the majority of cases these conditions do not warrant treatment with antibiotics but there are a number of treatments that can be offered to combat some of the symptoms.

Speak to your pharmacist who can help you choose the medicine that will work best for you, advise you on whether you need to see a doctor and provide guidance on self-care and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

 

 

 

The video below highlights why it is important to talk to your pharmacist if you have symptoms of a cough or cold and are unsure what to do.

 

 

 

The picture below summarises how long the following illnesses will last for without the need for antibiotic treatment.

 

For more detailed information on how to manage the following conditions in adults, click on the links below which will take you to the NHS Choices website.

♦   Cough https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cough/

♦   Cold https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/common-cold/

♦   Sore throat https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sore-throat/

♦   Sinusitis https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sinusitis-sinus-infection/

♦   Ear infection https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/ear-infections/

 

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