Nobody likes being under the weather, especially at this time of year. Help you and your family stay well with a bit of healthy know how.
To prepare for Easter
- check you have remedies to treat common illnesses at home
- check your repeat prescription ahead of Easter
- order the medicines you need in plenty of time
- visit NHS inform and use the self-help guides if you want to check your symptoms
- check when your GP practice and pharmacy are open over the Easter holidays
Check you have medicines at home
One way to prepare for Easter is to make sure you have some over-the-counter remedies for common illnesses. Your pharmacist can advise you on the best medicines for you and your family.
Good things to have include:
- paracetamol and ibuprofen for pain relief (check the label or speak to your pharmacist to check it's suitable for you)
- antihistamines to help allergies
- anti-diarrhoeals for diarrhoea
- indigestion remedies like an antacid
- mild laxatives for constipation
- a first aid kit which includes plasters, bandages and antiseptic wipes for cuts and scrapes
- medicines specifically for children (your pharmacist can advise on the most suitable ones to keep in the house)
Remember to always follow the advice on the pack and do not get too much as medicines go out of date.
Further health information
You’ll find more self-care advice and general health information within the following sections on NHS inform:
Find out where to access medicines
Find out where you can get more medication when your medicine supplies have run out.
This self-help guide will help you to decide if you need to contact your GP practice or pharmacy. You can use this guide for information about prescription and non-prescription medication.
Download NHS 24 Online app
NHS 24 has recently introduced a new way for people to get help if they're unwell. The new mobile app NHS 24 Online allows users in Scotland to:
- find their nearest healthcare services
- assess symptoms for common illnesses
- get information on where to get further help, if needed
The app includes a virtual chatbot function to answer common queries. It can also provide further advice for a range of illnesses.
The app is free to download and is available for both Apple and Android devices.
What to do if someone has a fever
A fever is a high temperature. You may feel warm, cold or shivery.
A fever is a temperature over:
- 37.5C in children
- 37.8C or above in adults
How to take someone's temperature
One way to check your temperature is to use a digital thermometer. You can buy these from supermarkets and pharmacies.
To use a digital thermometer:
- Clean the tip with cold water and soap, then rinse it.
- Turn the thermometer on.
- Put the tip under your tongue, towards the back of your mouth.
- Close your lips around the thermometer and wait until it beeps or flashes.
- Check the temperature on the display.
The vaccine that'll help protect you from coronavirus this spring is now available. NHS Scotland recommends you get your vaccine as soon as it's offered to you.
Looking after your mental wellbeing
If you're feeling down, there are ways you can help look after your mental health.
NHS inform has many resources with more information on how you can maintain your mental wellbeing.
Check on others
If you have vulnerable neighbours, relatives or know someone with heart and breathing problems, check in with them to make sure they:
- are feeling well
- are warm enough at home
- have enough food and medicines if they're unable to go out in bad weather
If you're concerned that someone isn’t coping, contact your local council or the Age Scotland helpline. It's available on 0800 12 44 222, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Non-urgent advice: Phone 111 if you're worried someone:
- is unwell
- may have hypothermia
Help with heating costs
If you're worried about money, you're not alone. You may be entitled to financial support if you need urgent help covering the cost of food or heating your home.
Cost of living help
The Scottish Government have provided the following information on how you can get support during the cost of living crisis for:
- money and debt problems
- income and benefits
- energy and bills
- children and families
- older or disabled people
Contact your local council if you need urgent help with money, food or fuel.
Tackling climate change together
If global temperatures continue to rise our planet will change in ways that’ll affect us all significantly. In Scotland, we’re already seeing the impacts. This includes summer heatwaves, flooding and higher than average winter temperatures.
If we don’t take action to reduce emissions there will be more problems. For example, catastrophic flooding, biodiversity loss and life-threatening rainstorms.
Find out what action Scotland is taking and how you can help to tackle climate change.
Other ways to stay well this spring
Find out more about hay fever symptoms and treatments
How to look after burns, cuts, bites, sprains and strains, and head injuries
Get help with pain in your muscles, bones and joints
MSK conditions can affect your muscles, bones and joints. Find out how to help your recovery from these injuries and conditions.
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