Self care and self help
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Self care forum

We would like to provide you with as much information and assistance as possible in order to self-care certain conditions yourself.

A self-care forum was established in 2011 to "further the reach of self-care and embed it into everyday life". More information >>

Understanding your symptoms

A runny or blocked nose, sore throat, sinus pain, cough and earache are all symptoms of an upper respiratory tract infection. This is most likely to be caused by coming in to contact with a virus.

  • Your immune system can respond to an infection.
  • Antibiotics are not recommended for most upper respiratory tract infections.

You may ask yourself "how long until I feel better"? It is normal for upper respiratory tract infections to take a little while to clear up.

Earache - usually lasts for 4 days.
Sore throat - usually lasts up to 1 week.
Common cold - usually lasts 7-10 days.
Flu - usually lasts up to 2 weeks.
Runny nose/nasal congestion - Usually lasts 1-2 weeks.
Sinusitis - Usually lasts 2-3 weeks.
Dry/tickly cough - Lasts up to 3 weeks.

If you have any of the above symptoms, drink plenty of fluids and rest. Your local pharmacist may also be able to offer you advice on symptom relief.


This website is a great place to find accurate and trusted NHS healthcare advice in the North East and North Cumbria.

Self-care leaflets

Self-care leaflets as well as general factsheets are available in the surgery as well as via the link below, to assist you with certain conditions such as hayfever, general pain, flus and colds. A self-care guide is also available for parents on how to manage childhood conditions such as headlice, teething, nappy rash and colic as well as many other conditions.

Flu leaflet
Hayfever
Pain leaflet
Caring for children
Acne factsheet
Common cold factsheet
Constipation factsheet
Cough factsheet
Ear infection factsheet
Eczema factsheet
Fever in children factsheet
Headache factsheet
Heartburn and indigestion factsheet
Low Back Pain factsheet
Sinusitis factsheet
Sore throat factsheet
Sprains and strains factsheet

0191 4028075

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East Wing Surgery
(Drs Zaidi, Salaudeen & Pillay)
Palmer Community Hospital
Wear Street
Jarrow
Tyne and Wear NE32 3UX

Opening times

The practice is open 8.30am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday. We are closed on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.

When we are closed

If you need medical help, which is not an emergency dial 111. If it is a life-threatening emergency dial 999.

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This website updated 05/02/2023