There are many illnesses that do not require you to seek medical attention.
Here are some suggestions to manage illnesses at home.
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Fever is part of many minor illnesses. Please follow the following advice:
If you are worried or symptoms get worse, please talk to us or see the doctor.
We all get a sore throat as port of a viral illness. Please consider the following:
If you every have difficulty swallowing/breathing due to a sore throat seek medical attention.
Ear pain is very common when children have viral illnesses. Please consider the following:
We all get a cold from time-to-time, but you may be surprised to hear that a lot of people consult their doctor.
There is no cure for the common cold.
INFLUENZA aka 'FLU
Influenza is a viral infection like the common cold, however the illness is much worse.
A lot of people will think they have had 'flu, but luckily most are just suffering a common cold.
The symptoms are the same as that of a cold but often also aches and pains, tiredness and weakness.
The treatment is the same as above. It is important that unless you are unwell you do not come to the surgery.
If your 'flu spreads to a vulnerable person, such as someone elderly or with other health problems it could be much worse for them.
VOMITING AND DIARRHOEA
Vomiting is also a part of other illness with fevers or caused by a viral "bug". It will often last less than 24 hours.
Diarrhoea is often a sign of a viral infection in the gut.
Most importantly is keeping sipping fluids to keep well hydrated.
It is best to stop solids/milk for the first 24 hours.
When symptoms ease introduce starchy foods (bread/potatoes/pasta).
As for 'flu, keep it to yourself, and don't come to surgery unless you are unwell.
Rashes as a common part of many illnesses, if the patient is well do not worry, just contact the surgery to make an appointment.
If the patient also has a high fever, is lethargic or drowsy, or is complaining of a severe headache see immediate attention.
When someone has a rash that does not fade under pressure this is another reason to be seen urgently.
By their nature insect bites are usually followed by redness, heat and itching. As a general rule an insect bite will take quite a few days to a week to get infected.
The initial redness/irritation can often be succesfully treated with anti-histamines and topical steroids - ask your community pharmacist for advice.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT IF YOUR ARE WORRIED DESPITE THIS ADVICE PLEASE CONTACT THE SURGERY