Managing Your Health at Home
Most coughs, colds, sore throats and flu like illnesses can be managed at home through self care and do not require you to see a health professional. They are caused by a Virus and do not require antibiotics, these are only successful in treating a bacterial infection.
Viral illnesses will settle over a 5-7 day period with rest, fluids and pain killers such as paracetamol or you can speak to your local pharmacist, who will be happy to assist.
For more information on how you can manage your health and minor illnesses at home, please visit our self-help pages http://www.drgallagherandpartners.org.uk/minor_illness.aspx
or visit http://www.selfcareforum.org/fact-sheets/ for some useful self-help fact sheets.
When to see your Doctor or Nurse
- If your symptoms persist (despite self care)
- If you have a temperature about 38 degrees that does not reduce with pain relief
- If your symptoms become worse
- If your cough lasts more than 3 weeks
- If you cough up blood
- If you have chest pain or breathing problems
Please visit patient.co.uk for further information and advise on how to manage your health at home.
If you need advice out of surgery hours please ring 111 or in an emergency situation, ring 999.