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SEASONS

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. Our seasonal tips below can help you stay safe all-year-round.

SUMMER

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

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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Allergies

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

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Heatwave

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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WINTER

Here are some tips on a  few common winter health issues

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Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones. In the UK we get most of our vitamin D from sunlight exposure - from late March to the end of September

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Stay Well

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

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Winter Weight

Avoid winter weight gain. You can achieve and maintain a healthy weight by following the NHS 12 week diet and exercise plan.

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Pneumonia Vaccine

The pneumococcal vaccine protects against serious and potentially fatal pneumococcal infections. It's also known as the pneumonia vaccine.

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Winter Advice

NHS England’s winter news, advice from Clinical Directors and blogs can be found here.  Keep up to date with the latest winter information.

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Winter Age UK

Age UK highlights a range of resources to help older adults stay well during the winter months - including help with bills and general preparedness.

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