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Apply large quantities of cool water to the affected area as soon as possible and maintain this until the pain subsides. This may take as long as 20 minutes. If the skin is unbroken but blistered apply a loose dry dressing. Do not burst blisters. If the burn is large or if the skin is broken, consult your doctor.


Head Lice

Regular application of hair conditioner and fine tooth combing is the best prevention. Treatments are available via the minor ailments scheme at your local pharmacy.


Insect Bites and Stings

Creams and antihistamine tablets can be obtained from the chemist without prescription and will usually relieve most symptoms.



This is usually due to viral infection or a sudden change in diet. The best treatment is to rest, eat nothing and drink clear fluids. It is unwise to take ‘over the counter’ remedies as these may prolong the illness. Young children and babies need careful attention and advice should be sought from your doctor.