Self Help

coldWe are keen to help patients improve on self help and hope that the following information will offer some insight into that.

Take a look and see if you can improve your own understanding of your health and well-being! Please encourage others to look here too.

Here is a list of ailments that can be safely self managed. You will see that you can take a look via the hyperlink at the other websites which can offer you further information about managing your condition.

Common ailments that can be self managed :

Back pain

If you have back pain, there are exercises that you can do to help you move normally as you recover. Learn how to do these with our video tutorials.

  1. Introduction
  2. Rolling your knees
  3. Tilting your pelvis
  4. Good posture
  5. Back bends
  6. Back bend from lying

Cold sores

Cold sores are small blisters caused by the herpes simplex virus that develop on the lips or around the mouth. Learn about cold sore symptoms and treatments.

  1. About cold sores
  2. Symptoms of cold sores
  3. Causes of cold sores
  4. Treating cold sores

Common Cold

A cold is a mild viral infection of the nose, throat, sinuses and upper airways. Learn about common cold symptoms and treatments.

  1. About common cold
  2. Symptoms of a common cold
  3. Treating a common cold
  4. Complications of a common cold
  5. Colds in children


Conjunctivitis is a common condition that causes redness and inflammation of the thin layer of tissue that covers the front of the eye. Learn about its other symptoms and treatments.

  1. About conjunctivitis
  2. Symptoms of conjunctivitis
  3. Causes of conjunctivitis
  4. Diagnosing conjunctivitis
  5. Treating conjunctivitis
  6. Complications of conjunctivitis


Constipation is a common condition that can mean that you're not passing stools regularly. Learn about constipation symptoms and treatments.

  1. About constipation
  2. Symptoms of constipation
  3. Causes of constipation
  4. Diagnosing constipation
  5. Treating constipation
  6. Complications of constipation
  7. Preventing constipation


Self-help guide: Cough

Find out more about coughs in adults, when you can use self-care, and what to do if your condition worsens and you need medical help.


Diarrhoea is where you pass looser or more frequent stools than is normal for you. Learn about diarrhoea causes and treatment.

  1. About diarrhoea
  2. Symptoms of diarrhoea
  3. Causes of diarrhoea
  4. Diagnosing diarrhoea
  5. Treating diarrhoea
  6. Preventing diarrhoea

Dysmenorrhoea (painful periods)


​Find out about periods, including when they usually start and finish, sanitary products, premenstrual syndrome, getting pregnant, and changes to your periods


Earache is a common problem, particularly in children. It can be worrying, but it's usually only caused by a minor infection. Learn more about common causes of earache, how you can treat yourself at home and when you should contact your GP.

  1. About earache


Haemorrhoids, also known as piles, are swellings containing enlarged blood vessels that are found inside or around the bottom (the rectum and anus). Learn about haemorrhoids symptoms and treatments.

  1. About haemorrhoids
  2. Diagnosing haemorrhoids
  3. Treating haemorrhoids
  4. Surgery for haemorrhoids


Hay fever is a condition caused by an allergic reaction to pollen. Learn about hay fever symptoms and treatments.

  1. About hay fever
  2. Symptoms of hay fever
  3. Causes of hay fever
  4. Diagnosing hay fever
  5. Treating hay fever
  6. Complications of hay fever
  7. Preventing hay fever

Head lice

Head lice are tiny insects that live in hair. Nits are the empty egg cases attached to hair that head lice hatch from. Learn about their symptoms and treatment.

  1. About head lice and nits
  2. Diagnosing head lice and nits
  3. Treating head lice and nits


Self-help guide: Headache

​Find out more about your headache symptoms, when you can use self-care, and what to do if your condition worsens and you need medical help.

Heartburn & Indigestion

Indigestion can be pain or discomfort in your upper abdomen (dyspepsia) or burning pain behind the breastbone (heartburn). Learn about indigestion symptoms and treatments.

  1. About indigestion
  2. Symptoms of indigestion
  3. Causes of indigestion
  4. Diagnosing indigestion
  5. Treating indigestion
  6. Complications of indigestion


Flu is a common infectious viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes. Learn about flu symptoms and treatments.

  1. About flu
  2. Symptoms of flu
  3. Treating flu
  4. Complications of flu
  5. Preventing flu

Insect bites

Insect bites and stings are common and usually only cause minor irritation. However, some can trigger a serious allergic reaction.

  1. About insect bites and stings
  2. Symptoms of insect bites and stings
  3. Treating insect bites and stings
  4. Complications of insect bites and stings
  5. Preventing insect bites and stings


A migraine is usually a moderate or severe headache felt as a throbbing pain on one side of the head. Learn about migraine symptoms and treatments.

  1. About migraines
  2. Symptoms of a migraine
  3. Causes of a migraine
  4. Diagnosing migraines
  5. Treating migraines
  6. Complications of migraines
  7. Preventing migraines

Nasal congestion

Allergic rhinitis is inflammation of the inside of the nose caused by an allergen such as pollen or dust. Learn about its symptoms and treatment.

  1. About allergic rhinitis
  2. Causes of allergic rhinitis
  3. Diagnosing allergic rhinitis
  4. Treating allergic rhinitis
  5. Complications of allergic rhinitis
  6. Preventing allergic rhinitis

Nappy rash

Self-help guide: Rash

Find out more about your rash symptoms, when you can use self-care, and what to do if your condition worsens and you need medical help.

Sore throat

Sore throats are very common and usually nothing to worry about. Learn about sore throat causes and treatments.

  1. About sore throats
  2. Causes of a sore throat
  3. Treating a sore throat


Sinusitis is a condition, usually caused by a viral infection, in which the lining of the sinuses becomes inflamed. Learn about sinusitis symptoms and treatments.

  1. About sinusitis
  2. Treating sinusitis
  3. Complications of sinusitis
  4. Diagnosing sinusitis

Sprains and strains

Muscle, bone and joints

Musculoskeletal problems, injuries and conditions that affect muscles, bones and joints in adults


Vaginal thrush is a common yeast infection that affects most women at some point. Learn about its symptoms and treatments.

  1. About vaginal thrush
  2. Treating vaginal thrush

Warts and Verrucas

  1. Warts are small non-cancerous lumps, seen most often on the skin of the hands and feet. Learn about their symptoms and treatment.

    1. About warts and verrucas
    2. Symptoms of warts and verrucas
    3. Causes of warts and verrucas
    4. Treating warts and verrucas
    5. Preventing warts and verrucas

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