What Is Minor Ailment and Why to Go to Pharmacy for Help and Advice

What is minor ailment and why to go to Pharmacy for help and advice

Minor ailments are variously defined but are generally taken to include conditions that require little or no medical intervention. Established minor ailments schemes included:
  * _ athlete’s foot
  * _ bites and stings
  * _ constipation
  * _ contact dermatitis
  * _ cough
  * _ diarrhoea
  * _ dyspepsia
  * _ earache
  * _ hay fever
  * _ headache
  * _ head lice
  * _ mouth ulcers
  * _ nasal symptoms
  * _ sore throat
  * _ teething
  * _ temperature
  * _ vaginal thrush
  * _ viral upper respiratory tract infection (URTI)

  * Some pharmacies run a minor ailment service, which means that they can supply medicines for certain specific conditions on the NHS.
  * If your pharmacy runs a minor ailment service for eczema, for example, it means that your pharmacist can supply medicines for this condition, and you'll only pay the standard prescription charge or if you're exempt from paying prescription charges, for example because you're over 60 or this medicine is for the child under 16 or you are on Tax Credit exemption certificate  you won't pay for the medicine.
  * It means that if your pharmacist thinks you need it then they can give you a medicine on the NHS without you having to pay for it.

  * Pharmacists have an important role to play in providing alternative support for such patients in a convenient and accessible manner from their local community pharmacy. There are now more than a dozen successful schemes around the country which enable this to happen, safely.
  * Pharmacists are highly skilled and trained professionals. They can answer questions you may have about choosing and using the right medicine, provide easy to understand advice on treating everyday ailments, and will help you decide if you need to see a doctor.
  *  Pharmacists (sometimes called chemists) are...