How To Treat Common Illnesses
Treatment For Minor Illness And Ailments

treatments for minor conditions


Remedies For Minor Ailments


Colds and Flus
Minor Infections
Minor Ailments
Cosmetic And Self-Image
First Aid
Other Problems


Alcohol Poisoning
Athlete's Foot
Baldness in Women
Cold Sore
Food Poisoning
Insect Bites
Shin Splints
Sinus Infections
Sore Throat
Wasp Stings


Electric Shock

Minor Health Conditions

Feeling healthy involves more than just being free from disease. Many minor illnesses have the capacity to make us feel miserable, even though they pose no serious health risk. Sunburn, colds, flus, earaches, rashes and piles are just a few common problems that affect most adults at some time in their life. While most minor illnesses will get better by themselves, a pharmacist may be able to prescribe a treatment to ease symptoms.

Pharmacists can help with:

• Skin problems such as mild acne and eczema
• Minor cuts and bruises
• Hay fever and allergies
• Period pain
• Thrush (yeast infections)
• Athlete's foot
• Verrucas’s, warts, cold sores and mouth ulcers
• Constipation and piles (hemorrhoids)
• Headaches, backaches and earaches
• Colds, coughs, sore throat and blocked nose

Go to your doctor with:

• Deep cuts
• Infected wounds
• Joint or muscles injuries including fractures, sprains and strains
• Persistent chest pain and problems breathing
• Overdosing or poisoning
• Suspected broken bones
• Heavy blood loss
• Head injuries and loss of consciousness

List Of Common Ailments And Treatments

Colds And Flus

How to treat colds
The common cold can cause sore throat, stuffy nose, sneezing and coughs.
How to treat flu
Flu/influenza causes high temperature, muscle aches, dry cough and headaches.
How to lower body temperature
A temperature above 100F (37.8C) is considered a fever in most adults.
How to treat coughs
Most coughs caused by a cold or flu are viral, read about treatments for viral coughs.
How to treat sore throats
A sore throat is usually caused by a viral infection and is accompanied by high temperature.

Minor Infections

How to treat thrush (yeast infections):
A fungal infection caused by the overgrowth of yeast in the vagina. Causes a white, thick vaginal discharge.
How to treat cystitis
Bladder infection that causes burning on urination and urge to urinate frequently.
How to treat sinus infections
Sinusitis is typically caused by common colds and is accompanied by headaches.
How to treat warts
Most warts are caused by a virus that gets into the skin and can take years to go away.
How to treat earaches
Treatment for earache caused by colds and infection (Otitis media).
How to treat worms in adults
Treatments for threadworm, pinworm, hookworm and tapeworm in adults and children.
How to treat verrucas
Verrucas are warts that develop on the soles of the feet. They are highly contagious and can be caught by walking on contaminated surfaces such as areas surrounding a swimming pool.
How to treat cold sores
Small blisters that appear on the lips, usually caused by the herpes simplex virus.
How to treat genital warts
Warts that grow on the genital and anal area. They are a common type of sexually transmitted disease.
How to treat athlete's foot
Fungal infection that causes an itchy red rash between the toes. Medical term is tinea pedis.

Minor Ailments

How to treat piles
Also called hemorrhoids, piles are swollen blood vessels that appear inside or around the outside of the anus.
How to treat shin splints
Pain the front of the lower leg usually induced by exercise, particularly running and sports which involve lots of stopping and starting like tennis or squash.
How to treat nausea
Treating nausea caused by pregnancy, allergies, travel sickness and illness.
How to treat rashes
Most rashes are caused by viral infection. Red and bumpy rashes are usually harmless.
How to stop hiccups
Medical term for hiccups is singultus. Hiccups are not usually serious and tend only to last a few minutes.
How to stop nosebleeds
First aid technique for stopping nosebleeds.
How to treat diarrhea
Passing more stools that is normal for you. Diarrhea is most commonly caused by bowel infection (gastroenteritis).
How to treat sunburn
Painful skin damage caused by exposure to too much sun. Red, sore and blistering skin.
How to treat blisters
Small pocket of fluid contained under skin, blisters typically appear on the feet and hands.
How to treat alcohol poisoning
Vomiting, confusion, and clammy skin caused by drinking too much alcohol (binge drinking).
How to treat food poisoning
Feeling sick with stomach cramps caused by eating contaminated food (salmonella or E.coli for example).
How to treat wasp stings
Treating nasty stings and when to see the doctor.
How to treat insect bites
Midges, mosquitoes, fleas, bedbugs, spiders, mites and ticks.
How to stop itching
Medical name for itching is pruritus. It can affect any area of the body.
How to treat indigestion
Sharp distressing pain just below the breastbone which can be confused for heart pain.
How to stop farting
Flatulence, most women pass wind up to 13 times a day and are responsible for between 500ml and 2 liters of gas being let out into the atmosphere.

Cosmetic And Self Image

How to treat hairloss in women
Androgenetic alopecia is a type of baldness more commonly seen in men. It can also affect women typically over the age of 40.

First Aid

How to treat burns and scalds
Treatment for burns and scalds caused by wet heat. They can cause life-threatening shock through fluid loss, particularly if around the neck and face where they can restrict breathing.
How to treat someone with electric shock
Treating a person after electric shock and electrical burns.
How to stop someone choking
Back slapping technique and abdominal thrusts. Plus, what to do if the person becomes unconscious.
How to treat seizures
In children and adults - immediate treatment.
How to treat heatstroke
Heat stroke and heat exhaustion first aid.
How to treat poisoning
Medications, drug overdose, gas poisonings.
How to treat a sprain
Bandages for sprained ankles and arms.
How to treat someone in shock
Clinical shock resulting from severe injury.
How to stop someone bleeding
How to stop bleeding in a person with a wound.

Other Problems

What is the best cure for a hangover?
Myths and reality. Treating splitting headaches, dizziness, dehydration and sickness.
How to treat jet lag?
Prevent feeling tired and disorientated after a long journey by plane.
How to prevent travel sickness?
Motion sickness tips, cars, planes and boats. How to avoid feeling sick.

Common Health Questions

Why am I so tired all the time?
Why do I ache all over?
Why do I feel faint?
Why have I lost my sex drive?

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