Self Care Week - Understand How to Look After Your Winter Ailments
During Self Care Week,
17th - 23rd November, the NHS wants to
support you to self care for life and understand how to take better
care of yourself and your family members, especially during the
winter months, when seasonal illnesses increase.
Preventing ill health is important
during winter and so choose lifestyle options that will impact
positively on your physical health, mental wellbeing and self
esteem. To beat those winter blues and keep healthy make sure you
eat well, drink in moderation, stop smoking and stay active.
It is usual for adults to have two
to four colds a year while children are likely to have three to
eight as their immune system is more susceptible to viral
infections. If you do catch a winter ailment such as a cough, cold
or sore throat, treat yourself
better by keeping warm and drinking plenty of fluids.
Over the counter medicines can help with symptom relief and a
pharmacist can offer advice if you need it.
As well as pharmacy support,
NHS Choices and the Self Care
Forum can provide helpful information on common winter ailments
such as coughs, colds, sore throats and fever in children.
Generally, symptoms last longer than you might think and it is
helpful to know what is normal and what isn't, Self Care Forum fact
sheets can help with this. It is worth remembering also that
antibiotics don't work on most winter illnesses like colds and flu
as these are viral infections.
If you have a long term condition,
prepare for winter by ensuring you don't run out of your
medication, many pharmacists offer repeat prescription services
without the need to see your GP.
Before you visit A&E, remember
what it's there for. It provides vital care for life
threatening emergencies, such as loss of consciousness, suspected
heart attacks, breathing difficulties, or severe bleeding that
cannot be stopped. If you have a winter ailment, ask
yourself, do I want to spend 4 hours waiting for someone to look at
my sore throat?
Be healthy this winter.