Other forms of Pain

Earache

Earache can affect one or both of your ears with either a sharp or a dull pain. Common causes include earwax, an ear infection or damage as a result of, for example, scraping with a cotton bud.

Choosing the right painkillers

Painkillers like paracetamol or ibuprofen will help to reduce the pain and any high temperature. You can also combine paracetamol with ibuprofen if you need to.

There are products available specifically for the removal of earwax, such as Earex*, but don't use them if you have an ear infection or you think you might have damaged your ear.

What else you can do to help yourself
  • Try holding a cold flannel to your ear, but don't be tempted to clear out your ear with cotton buds as this could cause damage
  • If there's any discharge, gently wipe over the outside of your ear with a clean tissue
Speak to your GP or pharmacist if:
  • You've got a temperature above 38'C
  • You have any other symptoms, such as sickness or dizziness
  • You've got a headache
  • There's any swelling
  • There's no improvement within 24 to 48 hours
  • You've got any hearing problems
  • You think you might have damaged your ear
  • You have any discharge
  • Your pain is severe
  • There's any ringing in your ears
  • Your symptoms return within 14 days
Period Pain

Period pain is very common and some studies suggest that approximately three quarters of young women and a quarter to a half of adults women experience pain and discomfort during their period. So if you're experiencing pain every month, make sure you've got the relief you need ready to treat your symptoms.

Choosing the right painkillers

Ibuprofen, naproxen (Feminax ultra*) and diclofenac are the best choices for period pain as they help to reduce the production of the chemicals which cause the cramping. You can use paracetamol in combination with these products if you need to, or on its own if you're unable to take ibuprofen, naproxen or diclofenac.

What's the alternative?

Applying heat can be soothing, so try a hot water bottle or a heat patch. Or you could try the Lloydspharmacy Period Pain Reliever which uses transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) technology to help ease pain. It's a small, discreet device that you wear for 20 minutes twice a day. It works by passing painless electrical signals into the body to block the body's pain signals and stimulate the body to produce endorphins, its own natural painkiller.*

Speak to your pharmacist if:
  • Your pain isn't with your normal period
  • Your pain is accompanied by fever
  • You're passing large amounts of blood clots
  • You notice any change in your periods
Seek urgent medical help if:
  • You think you may be pregnant
Toothache

If you have toothache it's important to see your dentist as soon as possible. If you don't have a dentist ask our pharmacy team for details about local dentists or ring NHS direct on 0845 4647- they'll be able to tell you where your nearest NHS dentist is.

Choosing the right painkillers

While you're waiting for an appointment with your dentist you can use painkillers such as paracetamol* or ibuprofen*. And try to avoid sweet, hot or cold foods. You may also want to try products that help numb the painful area, such as clove oil or Orajel Extra Strength*.

If your tooth pain only happens when you eat sweet, hot or cold food, you may have sensitive teeth. So try brushing your teeth two or three times a day with toothpaste designed specifically for sensitive teeth.

What else you can do to help yourself
  • Reduce the amount of sweet things you eat and drink, and only have them at meal times
  • Drink fewer fizzy drinks
  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Use dental floss to clean between your teeth - you can also try a mouthwash
  • Don't smoke ' ask our pharmacy team about our Stop Smoking Service
  • Visit your dentist at least once a year
Sore throat

Most adults will get the occasional sore throat, but there are lots of products out there to help ease the pain.

Choosing the right painkillers

Painkillers such as paracetamol*, ibuprofen* or diclofenac* will help with the pain and to reduce a high temperature if you have one. Both ibuprofen and diclofenac can also reduce swelling if your throat is swollen. You could also try throat sprays and lozenges which contain local anaesthetics to numb your throat.

What else you can do to help yourself
  • Avoid food and drink that's too hot, although warm drinks can help soothe your throat
  • Suck on sweets (sugar-free preferably), lozenges or ice cubes
  • Avoid smoky environments
  • Gargle with warm salt water
Speak to your pharmacist if:
  • You're taking any medication - some can cause sore throats or weaken your immune system
  • You've got a medical condition which weakens your immune system
  • There's no improvement after seven days
  • You've got a high temperature which doesn't go down
  • You've got a history of rheumatic fever
  • You have bad breath
  • You have swollen glands
Seek urgent medical help if:
  • You're having difficulty swallowing
  • Your breathing is noisy or you have difficulty breathing

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