Keep your medicine cabinet stocked and keep well this winter
With Christmas less than ten days away, now is the perfect time to review the contents of your medicine cabinet.
A properly stocked medicine cabinet can help you to treat many common illnesses and ailments over the festive period.
North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (NCIC) is urging everyone to make sure you have the following items on hand as recommended by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society:
A first-aid kit, including bandages, plasters, a thermometer, antiseptic, eyewash solution, sterile dressings, medical tape for dressings and tweezers
Pain relief such as aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen for aches, pains and high temperatures
Oral rehydration salts to replace lost minerals and fluid after a fever or vomiting and diarrhoea
Anti-diarrhoea tablets to relieve symptoms of diarrhoea, although these will not help with the underlying cause
Antihistamines which can help with allergies
Indigestion relief remedies
Paul Fieldhouse, clinical director of pharmacy at NCIC, is encouraging everyone to double check their supplies.
“Many of us get a minor illness from time to time over the winter period and you’ll be relieved of suffering if you have a properly stocked medicine cabinet that helps you get back on your feet quickly.
“It is worth checking the medicines you have at home to make sure they are still appropriate and still in date.
“Remember your pharmacist is an expert who can advise you about any medications you have been prescribed which might affect your choice of product. We want you to enjoy this season so pop in to your local pharmacy where we're always on hand to help.
“Act now and save yourself that terrible feeling of having to drag yourself to the pharmacy when you feeling really poorly. Always be prepared.”