Longsight Medical Practice
Longsight Medical Practice
Here we hope to give you some friendly advice on how to deal with common ailments. Click on the links below the text for useful videos and information from NHS Choices.

Common Cold

There is no cure for the common cold. However, drink plenty of fluids. Also, Paracetamol will help if you have a headache or fever.

Common Cold


Diarrhoea usually settles down on its own, but it can be dangerous in small children and babies if they become dehydrated. A good home treatment is to stop giving solid food, give cooled boiled water and non-sugary fluids for 3-4 hours and then return to the foods normally eaten. See the doctor if symptoms continue for more than 24 hours in a baby or more than 2 days in a child aged over 1.



This illness is characterised by a high temperature, aches and pains. The best treatment is plenty of rest and fluids with Paracetamol to relieve aches and a high temperature. Antibiotics have no effect. If you are elderly or have a chronic health problem (e.g. heart disease, chest disease or diabetes) we would recommend an annual flu jab.


Insect bites

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

Insect Bites

Hay fever

Hay fever is a common allergic reaction that affects the eyes and the lining of the nose. You can get hay fever remedies from your pharmacist. These include antihistamine tablets, nasal sprays and eye drops. Take your tablets in the morning, before the symptoms start, and, if you find they help, carry your nasal sprays and eye drops with you, to use if the pollen count starts to go up. If you are getting breathless or are wheezing heavily, contact your GP.


Head Lice and Nits

Head lice are tiny grey/brown insects. They cling to hairs close to the scalp. Nits are empty white egg shells which are left when the lice hatch. You can detect head lice by using a “detection comb”. Only treat for lice if you find more than one live lice. Contact the pharmacist or the practice nurse for more information and advice.


We are located at:

Longsight Medical Practice

526 Stockport Road Longsight Health Centre


M13 0RR

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0161 256 4488


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