MINOR AILMENTS

Self-care for minor ailments

For many common illnesses, there is no need to see or speak to your doctor initially. The NHS UK website has very useful information about self-care, when to speak to your pharmacist and when to speak to your GP or go to A+E. Please see below for links for specific medical problems:

Bacterial Vaginosis. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/bacterial-vaginosis/

Burns https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/burns-and-scalds/

Cuts and grazes https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cuts-and-grazes/

Ear wax build up https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/earwax-build-up/

Eye symptoms - conjunctivitis, blepharitis, stye

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/conjunctivitis/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/blepharitis/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stye/

Fever in Children https://www.nhs.uk/video/Pages/caring-for-children-with-fever-at-home.aspx

https://patient.info/infections/sepsis-septicaemia-leaflet/child-sepsis-safety-net

Fungal nail https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/fungal-nail-infection/

Gastroenteritis https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/diarrhoea-and-vomiting/

Hayfever https://patient.info/allergies-blood-immune/hay-fever-leaflet

Headlice https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/head-lice-and-nits/

Heat rash https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/heat-rash-prickly-heat/

Insect bites https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/insect-bites-and-stings/

Musculoskeletal problems

Our local musculoskeletal service’s website includes information on different joint pains and strains and you can also self-refer to their service using the website, without needing a GP appointment first: https://sussexmskpartnershipcentral.co.uk/for-patients/

There is an additional website specifically to help you with shoulder problems. https://www.shoulderdoc.co.uk

Please note if you are seeking help for pain after having an accident or injury please attend minor injuries unit in Horsham (open Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm) or A+E open 24/7.

Nose bleeds. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nosebleed/

Scabies https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/scabies/

Sinusitis https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sinusitis-sinus-infection/

Sore throat https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sore-throat/

Sunburn https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sunburn/

Threadworms https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/threadworms/

Thrush. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/thrush-in-men-and-women/

Weight loss, exercise and lifestyle advice https://horsham.westsussexwellbeing.org.uk

The Horsham wellbeing hub can offer support on a number of things from weight loss to helping reduce your alcohol consumption. Please look at their website for further information and to self-refer to them for specific workshops.