Prioritise self care to stay well this winter

Published: 5 February 2024

With seasonal illnesses still making the rounds, seasonal illnesses on the rise, we want to remind you have to manage minor health conditions from home, and where to find support if you need it.

Start by keeping your medicine cupboard well stocked – you don’t have to spend a lot to be prepared. Painkillers such as paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin can help relieve symptoms of cold or flu, and you can often find them for less than 40p per pack if you don’t buy the name brand products. It’s also worth topping up on other remedies like:

  • cough medicines and throat lozenges
  • anti-diarrhoea tablets (not for children under 12) and oral rehydration salts for stomach troubles
  • antihistamines for allergies and skin itchiness
  • antacid for symptoms of heartburn and indigestion (like Gaviscon or Pepto-Bismol)
  • A digital thermometer to accurately measure fever, particularly in a baby or child.

There are alternatives from leading brands for all of these, and they work just as effectively. Your local supermarket or discount store will have options available.

Don’t forget to always check the instructions and expiry before using any medicines, and never take more than the stated dose. If any medicines are out of date, take them to your local pharmacy so they can be disposed of safely.

If you need non-urgent health advice, your local pharmacist can help you in this way too. They are your professionals on the high street who can recommend treatments for minor health conditions such as coughs, colds, sore throats and childhood fever. Learn more about what your pharmacist can do for you and find a pharmacy near you - no appointment needed.

Or if you’re ever unsure where to start when you’re feeling unwell, the NHS website has lots of advice and information on what to do for a range of conditions. For health information about children and young people, visit the Healthier Together website.

Find more advice on our winter health webpages, helping you to stay well over the colder months. You can also follow us on X (Twitter) and Facebook too for the latest advice.