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Seasonal Ailments 

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 seasonal health, you can visit nhs.uk website.


Here are some tips on a  few common summer health issues

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Summer Tips

Age UK has 10 tips to help you enjoy the sun but stay healthy at the same time. Stay cool and healthy during the summer months.

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Sunburn is red, hot and sore skin caused by too much sun. It may flake and peel after a few days. You can treat it yourself. It usually gets better within 7 days.

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An allergy is a reaction the body has to a particular food or substance. Allergies are very common. 

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Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it's too hot for too long, there are health risks. In England, there are on average 2000 heat related deaths every year. 

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Sun Safety

Sunburn increases your risk of skin cancer. Sunburn does not just happen on holiday. You can burn in the UK, even when it's cloudy. 

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Summer - Age UK

A bit of sunshine is good for us. However, extreme temperatures, still air feeling sticky and being tired can be dangerous for those with breathing problems.

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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 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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