Great Staughton Surgery is running a ‘Stay Well’ campaign for common ailments throughout Winter 2016-2017
We thought it would be a good idea to outline what a well prepared medicine cabinet should have at home so you can cope with some common ailments. Your ‘lockable’ medicine cabinet should be situated in a cool, dry place and out of reach of children.
(x)PAIN KILLERS – we all have our favourites but the main ingredients should be Paracetamol or Ibuprofen and perhaps you should have both in the cupboard. Paracetamol is good for cold and flu where it will deal with aches and pains and high temperatures. Ibuprofen is good for reducing inflammation in arthritis and sprains and muscular injuries. Both are equally as good for headaches and period pains. Some people like aspirin but this should not be used if aged under 16 years.
(x)ANTIHISTAMINES – Cetirizine and Loratadine are commonly available at the chemist and are helpful for hay fever, mild allergies and bites. Antihistamine creams are even milder and helpful for nettle stings and insect stings. Chlorphenamine (Piriton) is stronger but has the side effect of drowsiness. It is useful for major allergic reactions and for children as it is available in liquid form.
ORAL REHYDRATION SALTS – a convenient way of putting back essential minerals you lose if you have diarrhoea and vomiting when you can become dehydrated. A cheaper and more palatable alternative is to drink sugary drinks and packet soups to replace sugars and salts.
(x)ANTI-DIARRHOEA TABLETS – Loperamide is the most common. It can control inconvenient symptoms of food poisoning, viral gastroenteritis and irritable bowel syndrome. It helps slow the motion of the gut down but should not be used for more than a couple of days without advice and is not licensed for use in children under 12.
(x)INDIGESTION TREATMENT – There are lots of antacids to choose, including chewable tablets, dispersible tablets and liquid. They may help with stomach ache, heartburn or trapped wind.
(x)THERMOMETER – It’s impossible to tell your temperature by feeling your forehead!
FIRST AID KIT – a well-stocked kit should contain bandages; plasters; antiseptic; eyewash solution; sterile dressings; medical tape; scissors and tweezers.
Many items are available from our Dispensary (marked x - in stock)