Personal Health

The team that works from Blaenavon Medical Practice is dedicated to dealing with your health problems, but you can ensure you enjoy good health by looking after yourself. A good diet, avoiding smoking or substance abuse, exercise and companionship are all things you can work on for yourself.

You could also consult trustworthy resources such as Choose Well Wales or NHS Choices.

Colds and Flu
These usually start with a runny nose, temperature, aches and pains. Antibiotics will not help, as these illnesses are caused by viruses. Rest and take plenty of fluids. Paracetamol taken every 6 hours will relieve the worst of the symptoms.

Sore Throats
These again, are mainly caused by viruses. Unless the patient is really unwell, antibiotics are unlikely to help. Keep drinking fluids and take Paracetamol every 6 hours.

Diarrhoea and Vomiting
These illnesses are usually self-limiting. Avoid food for at least 24 hours or until symptoms ease. Drink plenty of water or electrolyte solutions, available from your chemist, and avoid milk and dairy produce for several days after you are better.  In small children and babies, you may need to telephone for advice if the symptoms persist.

Head lice and Worms
These problems are easily dealt with by treatment available from the chemist. For head lice, you could also try “wet combing”. Remember, head lice prefer clean hair and are not always a sign of poor hygiene!

Apply cold water to the affected area immediately, and apply a clean, dry dressing. For severe or widespread burns, consult the doctor or nurse immediately.

Back Pain
The best answer is prevention – learn to sit, bend and lift correctly and keep generally fit. If you do have pain, regular analgesics eg Paracetamol or Ibuprofen will help. Consult the doctor if the pain is severe, fails to ease or causes problems with numbness in the legs, or bowel and bladder disturbances.

Nose Bleeds
Sit in a chair, bend forward slightly and squeeze the nose firmly below the bone for 10 minutes. Avoid the temptation to blow the nose or sneeze for 24 hours. If symptoms recur, consult the doctor.