How You Can Help Yourself
Flu - Coughs - Colds and sore throats
If the symptoms are uncomfortable then you can take simple measures like bed rest, Paracetamol and/or Aspirin, fluids or simple foods.
What to do if you have a temperature
A higher temperature or fever means the body is fighting the infection. Help it along by drinking plenty of water or weak squash, keeping the room at a comfortable temperature with fresh air circulating, and sponging with cool or lukewarm water. Adults can take Paracetamol tablets and you can give Paracetamol syrup to children under the age of 12 years old.
Contact the GP immediately if the person has a temperature over 40 degrees centigrade or 104 degrees farenheit, if there is a stiff neck, cramps or vomiting, or if a child seems weak and listless or suffers a fit or convulsion.
Gastroenteritis (Diarrhoea with or without vomiting)
The best remedy is to take sips of plain fluid (water not milk-based), sugar and salt solutions (which you can get over the counter from the chemist) or breast milk for breast fed babies. If the problems continue, or a young baby is affected, the surgery will be pleased to advice on appropriate treatment.
|Indigestion and Stomach Ache
Most problems are not serious and are usually caused by indigestion, wind or irregular eating habits. Indigestion is a common complaint and often linked to a known cause - such as unwise eating and drinking. Some people suffer the symptoms more often because of an underlying problem like inflammation of the stomach, an ulcer or hiatus hernia. Whatever the cause, the symptoms are usually quite similar and can be distressing. They may include pain in the upper abdomen, wind, nausea and heartburn. They can often be helped by taking antacids, peppermint, Paracetamol (not Aspirin) and possibly a hot water bottle. If they do not go away and are severe you should seek advice from your doctor.
|Coping with Minor Ailments
Cool down the affected area immediately with lots of cold water and continue to do this for at least 10 minutes. If the burn is larger than 4 or 5 inches across, if it is on the face or if the skin is broken, see the nurse at you GP surgery as soon as possible. If the burn is deep, heavily blistered and very painful, or if the skin has turned white or black, go to the nearest Accident and Emergency (Casualty/A&E) department immediately.
Try to stop the bleeding from a minor cut by pressing it, with clean hands, for a few minutes; hold a cut arm or leg up high. If a cut bleeds freely any germs will normally be washed away by the blood. If it is a deep cut and the edges cannot be pulled together, ask for advice at your GP surgery or go to the A&E department. Redness or swelling can be a sign of infection in a cut or graze and you should make an appointment to have it seen at your GP surgery. You may need to have a tetanus injection if you haven't had one for 10 years.
Sprains - Remember: "I C E"
For a minor knock or bump, put on a cold damp cloth. The person should be taken to see a GP or to A&E without delay if he/she has the following symptoms: vomiting, unconsciousness, double vision, drowsiness or confusion.
Stand behind the person and hug them firmly above the waist, pushing your fist up under their ribs to make them cough up the blockage. For a young child, hold the child upside down and thump on the back.
|The Recovery Position
This is a position in which to place a person who is unconscious. Turn the person onto their side with their head turned to one side. Then bring the top leg over so that it is resting on the ground. This will help prevent the person from vomiting or choking.
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