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6 Common Ailments You Can Treat At Home

Everyone gets ill from time to time and with an increasing amount of cutbacks when it comes to healthcare availability, it’s no wonder people are researching how to take care of themselves at home. There is no reason why you can’t look after yourself with numerous common ailments. All you need to remember is that you should always seek professional help if there is ever any doubt or concerns. Have a look at these six common ailments you can treat at home:

Heartburn and Indigestion

Now everyone at some point it going to experienced one of these, especially if you have had a heavy night or have ever been pregnant. Digestive complaints like heartburn, indigestion, and bloating are widespread. It’s usually effortless to treat them with simple changes to your lifestyle and over-the-counter remedies. Some things to try include:

  • Over the counter- Speak to your pharmacist who can help with antacids to help neutralize stomach acid.
  • Look at your weight– being overweight can contribute to heartburn massively.
  • Stop or cut down smoking and alcohol.
  • Try to eat your last meal at least three hours before you settle for bed.
  • Try to notice any patterns- It’s often the case that certain foods are triggers for people.

If you don’t see improvements, it’s always best to see a medical professional.

Back pain

A lot of people seem to get on with back pain, and that’s because most cases can be treated with over-the-counter medicines and self-care at home without the need to see a doctor, Some of these include:

  • Paracetamol or ibuprofen for pain relief. – Make sure you read the advice with them on the dosage or speak to a pharmacist.
  • Hot or cold compression packs- Often you’re able to get these from supermarkets and pharmacies. You can also make your cold compression pack by wrapping something frozen in a towel for a quick fix.
  • Try placing a firm pillow between your knees when you’re sleeping on your side or use them to elevate your knees when lying on your back.
  • You should try to stay as mobile as possible by carrying on with your day-to-day activities, including work.
  • Take extra care when lifting any large or heavy items.

Dermatitis

Dermatitis is inflamed skin, it can often be very uncomfortable, and on occasions, the only option is to see a medical professional, especially if it ever becomes infected. There are some preventative methods you can use, though:

  • You should avoid scratching at all costs -Scratching may damage your skin and allow bacteria to get in, leading to a nasty infection.
  • Identify the problem- An irritant or allergen typically cause this so you can usually find the problem, try investigating by removing specific cream, or washing powders to see if the symptoms improve.
  • Use special creams – some can help calm a mild flare-up of dermatitis, it’s best to speak to your pharmacist about which ones are recommended and won’t irritate it further.
  • Use a soap substitute or a soap that is 0%.

If the rash doesn’t clear up after using these self-care techniques or seems to be getting worst speak to your pharmacist or see your GP.

Blocked nose

This is something that very often clears within a few days, and there’s no need to get help with the care. It’s probably the most common ailment that we as humans come across. If you’re unlucky enough to have got a virus, such as a cold or flu, your GP can’t offer you anything more than a pharmacist can provide, and seeing a GP will most likely only be recommended if there were additional symptoms. You can try helping yourself by:

  • Decongestant medicines can help relieve a blocked nose- These are readily available in your supermarket and pharmacist.
  • Steam- Inhaling steam from a bowl of water may help relieve the build-up of mucus in your nose. Some people like to add menthol crystals or eucalyptus oil to the sea.

As with everything else if the symptoms do persist, speak to your pharmacist or see your GP.

Constipation/Diarrhoea

If you’re constipated (can’t poo), or the opposite and have diarrhoea (the sudden urge to poo with loose stools) it can be inconvenient, but a change in diet can often be the cure. Try some of these to help:

Constipation:

  • If constipation is causing you pain, you can always take a painkiller, such as paracetamol.
  • Try adding more fibre to your diets, such as fruit, vegetables, wholewheat pasta, wholemeal bread, etc.
  • It may be that you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and get constipated, it’s recommended that you seek medical help from a GP.
  • Drink enough water.
  • Make sure you regularly exercise.

Diarrhoea:

  • Try taking over the counter medication that is precisely Relief for Diarrhoea, and it may be best to speak to a pharmacist.
  • Plenty of water and rest.

Diarrhoea can sometimes be down to a bug or other illnesses, so if it lasts more than a few days seek professional advice.

Migraines

A migraine is a headache that’s bad enough to stop you from carrying on with daily life. It can knock you around and cause dizziness. Good news is it can be helped at home:  

  • Watch your stress levels – it’s been proven that stress is a cause of migraines and therefore reducing it can help minimize the attacks.
  • Try to avoid foods and drinks that may trigger a migraine, such as caffeine, fizzy pop, and alcohol.
  • Eat well- Having a proper diet and staying away from sugars can help a lot.
  • Regular exercise- Don’t over do it though, strenuous exercise is a cause, so keep it moderate if you do suffer.
  • Try keeping not of how often you have them and when they occur- this is something that you can take to the GP, especially if they re regular and persistent.
  • Ask your pharmacist for advice – they can recommend painkillers.

If your migraines are severe, you may need to see a doctor for migraine-specific medicines that are only available on prescription.

Please note that this post is the only recommendation and is not a medical professional opinion if you’re ever unsure you should always seek medical advice.

Do you have any advice for ways to help take care of yourself at home? Please share them in the comments section below.

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