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Common Ailments and Accidents

Diarrhoea
Drink plenty of fluids and consult the doctor if your symptoms persist for more than a few days. Diarrhoea in very young children and babies needs careful attention and if symptoms persist for more than 24hours, or are accompanied by vomiting consult the doctor.

Chicken pox
On the first day a rash appears as small re patches about 3- 4mm across. Within a few hours of these developing, small blisters appear in the centre of these patches. During the next 3 or 4 days further patches will appear and the first ones will turn crusty and fall off. Calamine lotion may be applied to soothe the itching.

Cool baths may also help. The most infectious period is from 2-3 days before the rash appears and up to five days after this date. Children may return to school as soon as the last crusts have dropped off.

Burns
Apply large quantities of cold water to the affected area as soon as possible to maintain this until the pain subsides. This may take as long as 15 minutes. If the skin is unbroken but blistered, apply a loose, dry dressing. If the burn is larger than 4 or 5 inches in diameter or if the skin is broken, consult your doctor as soon as possible.

Cold
There is still no magic cure for the common cold. If necessary, take time off work and rest at home. Take plenty of fluids and take paracetamol, but avoiding exceeding the recommended dosage.

Nose bleeds
Lean forward, breathing through your mouth and pinch the nose just below the bone on the side which is bleeding for approximately 10 minutes. If bleeding persists or is recurrent consult the doctor.

Insect bites
Antihistamine tablets can be obtained from the chemist without prescription and will usually relieve most symptoms. Bee stings should be scraped away rather than plucked in order to avoid squeezing the contents of the venom sac into the wound.

Sunburn
Calamine lotion will help to relieve the irritation and paracetamol will also help, taking care not to exceed the maximum dosage. Children are particularly susceptible to sunburn and should be covered up after short periods of exposure to the sun.

Apply high factor sun-screen and re-apply regularly to avoid over exposure.

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St Peters Medical Practice
Chaucer House,
Commercial Street,
Mansfield, Notts,
NG18 1EE
Tel: 01623 422355

NG18 1EE
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Monday: 08.00 – 18.30
Tuesday: 08.00 – 18.30
Wednesday: 08.00 – 17.00
Thursday: 08.00 – 18.30
Friday: 08.00 – 18.30