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SEASONS

Seasonal Ailments 

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How to treat and prevent seasonal ailments

In general practice, in hospitals and in other areas of the NHS, seasonal health issues arise - either acutely or as a result of past exposures leading to longer term problems

Unprotected exposure to sunlight is a major risk factor in skin cancers, for example. Winter weather creates special problems for older people. We will provide seasonal updates on this page - so that you are aware of the particular issues that commonly arise.

For further information and guidance on summer healh, you can visit nhs.uk website.

WINTER

Here are some tips on a  few common winter health issues

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Cold Weather

Cold weather can make some health problems worse and even lead to serious complications, especially if you are 65 or older - or if you have a long-term health problem.

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Common Cold

You can often treat a cold without seeing a GP. You should begin to feel better in about a week or two. Click below for more information on symptoms and treatments.

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Infection Control

Germs and viruses can be spread from person to person or by touching unclean equipment or surfaces. Learn how to stop the spread of cold influenza and covid-19.

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Flu Vaccine

Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk from flu and its complications.  Watch out for government guidance on eligibility.

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Weight Gain

Avoid winter weight gain by downloading the NHS weight loss guide - a free twelve-week diet & exercise plan. It's available as an app on the App Store and Google Play - and pdf.

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Antibiotics

Antibiotics are used to treat or prevent some types of bacterial infection. They work by killing bacteria or preventing them from spreading, but they do not work for everything.

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