How to treat everyday ailments and injuries at home

You can treat a lot of minor ailments yourself at home, and save yourself a trip to the doctor's.

You can get free advice from a pharmacist for lots of health issues, including what over the counter medicines you can buy and when to visit your GP.

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.

Be prepared for common ailments by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home.You can find out what pharmacists and doctors suggest by selecting the following link, your medicine cabinet.

You can find advice on treating minor illness and injury by selecting NHS.uk/conditions and entering the name of the problem you're having. You can also select the image below to access a PDF guide on how long you can expect symptoms of some common ailments to last, steps you can take yourself to get better and warning signs to look out for which mean you may need to seek professional help.