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5 ways to look after yourself and your family this winter

13th – 19th November is Self-Care Week and World Antibiotics Awareness Week!

Here are 5 ways you can look after yourself and your family this winter

If you or a family member are feeling unwell, have a cold or flu and you haven’t been prescribed antibiotics, here are some effective self-care ways to help you feel better:

  1. Ask your pharmacist to recommend medicines to help with symptoms or pain.
  2. Get plenty of rest.
  3. Make sure you or your child drink enough to avoid feeling thirsty.
  4. Fever is a sign the body is fighting the infection and usually gets better by itself in most cases. You can use paracetamol if you or your child are uncomfortable as a result of a fever.
  5. Make sure to use a tissue for your nose and wash your hands frequently to avoid spreading your infection to family and friends.

Remember if you're feeling unwell antibiotics aren't always needed

Antibiotics are needed for serious bacterial infections including:

  • Sepsis
  • Pneumonia
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Sexually transmitted infections like gonorrhoea
  • Meningococcal meningitis

If you’re worried, speak to a doctor who will be able to advise you on the best treatment for your symptoms.

Remember never share antibiotics or keep for later use. For more information on antibiotics visit www.nhs.uk/keepantibioticsworking