How to treat everyday ailments at home

You can treat a lot of minor ailments at home, and save yourself a trip to the GP surgery.

You can also get advice from your local pharmacist for lots of health issues, including when to visit your GP.

And there's no need for an appointment. If you are living with a long term health condition, it's really important you visit a pharmacist for advice at the first sign of a winter illness - such as a cold or flu - coming on.

Coughs, colds, headaches and other common illnesses can leave you feeling unwell and struggling to carry on as normal. Be prepared by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home.

Click on the image below for a quick guide to what GPs recommend you keep in your home medicine cabinet.

Below are 10 of the most common minor ailments seen by GPs with advice on how most of us can treat ourselves at home, without the need to visit the surgery.

Back pain 


Heartburn and indigestion

Nasal congestion (blocked nose)





Sprains and strains


When should I start feeling better?

Please click on the image below for a helpful guide on how long you can expect symptoms of some common ailments to last, what you can do to get better and the warning signs to look out for which mean you may need to seek professional help.