Below are some of the minor injuries or illnesses you may suffer with throughout the duration of your life. Click on the name of the illness or injury for more information.
A cold is a contagious viral infection of your nose and throat (upper respiratory tract). Its usually harmless although it may feel that way. You can often treat a cold without seeing your GP. You should begin to feel better in about a week or two. For further information click here.
Flu is a contagious viral infection caused by the influenza virus that infects the nose, throat and the lungs. Flu will often get better on its own, but it can make some people seriously ill. For further information click here.
Cold sores are common and usually clear up on their own within 10 days. However there are things you can do to help ease the pain. For further information click here.
A cough will usually clear up on its own within 3 to 4 weeks. However, if you have had a persistent cough for more than 3 weeks you may need to seek medical help. For further information click here.
Most animal bites are not serious, but you may need to get medical help if the bite is severe or there are signs of infection. For further information click here.
Burns and scalds are damage to the skin usually caused by heat. Both are treated in the same way. A burn is caused by dry heat – for example, by an iron or a fire. A scald is caused by something wet, such as hot water or steam. For further information click here.
Most cuts and grazes can be treated at home and will start to heal in a few days. However, some wounds may need to be treated by a medical professional if there is a risk of infection or the cut is serious. For further information click here.
Most headaches go away on their own and are not a sign of something serious. Headaches can last between 30 minutes and several hours. For further information click here.
Sprains and strains are common injuries affecting the muscles and ligament. Most can be treated at home without seeing a GP. For further information click here.
Hay fever is usually worse between late March and September, especially when it’s warm, humid and windy. This is when the pollen count is at its highest. For further information click here.
Back pain is very common and normally improves within a few weeks but can sometimes last longer or keep coming back. For further information click here.
Most head injuries are not serious, but you should get medical help if you have any symptoms after a head injury. For further information click here.
Norovirus, also called the “winter vomiting bug” is a stomach bug that causes vomiting and diarrhoea. It can be very unpleasant, but usually goes away in about 2 days. For further information click here.
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