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Common Ailments

As well as our practice, there are many other local NHS services you can contact for health advice, information or treatment.

Remember in Torfaen you can access the Pharmacy Common Ailments Scheme for free advice and treatment at your local pharmacy.

Before you do, remember that you can treat many minor ailments such as colds, coughs and indigestion by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home.

We suggest you keep the following:

  • Paracetamol and aspirin (children under 16 and people with asthma should not take aspirin)
  • Mild laxatives
  • Anti-diarrhoeal medicines
  • Rehydration mixture
  • Indigestion remedy (for example, antacids)
  • Travel sickness tablets
  • Sunscreen – SPF15 or higher
  • Sunburn treatment (for example, calamine)
  • Tweezers and sharp scissors
  • A thermometer
  • A selection of plasters, non-absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and dressings

Remember:

  • Keep the medicine chest in a secure, locked place out of reach of small children
  • Always read the instructions and use the suggested dose
  • Watch expiry dates – don’t keep or use medicines past their sell-by date
  • Take all unwanted and out-of-date medicines back to the pharmacy

Common Ailments 2018

When Should I Worry

When Should I Worry is a useful guide, developed by Cardiff University, to help parents manage respiratory tract infections (coughs, colds, sore throats, ear ache) in young children

Disclaimer

This website gives you helpful information and advice on how to treat these minor ailments yourself at home and is for general information only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely. In particular, this information is not a substitute for professional medical care by a qualified doctor or other healthcare professional. You should ALWAYS check with your doctor if you have any concerns about your condition or treatment and before taking, or refraining from, any action on the basis of the content on this website.
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