Winter conditions can be seriously bad for our health, especially for people aged 65 or over and people with long-term conditions. For others, a well-stocked medicine cabinet can keep cold-related illness at bay and could be all that is needed to stay well in the Winter.
NHS Choices have launched the Stay Well campaign to help you to look after yourself and your loved ones during the cold months. Stay Well explores the most common Winter illnesses and offers simple and practical advice on how to prevent and treat them without braving the elements to get to a health care establishment if it isn’t necessary.
The top Winter complaints are:
Norovirus (sometimes called the Winter Vomiting Bug)
Each of these complaints can be looked after by you at home. Not all require medication to treat and some can even be prevented.
For example, painful joints can be treated by making sure any troublesome areas are kept warm during particularly cold days and dry skin can be prevented by applying a lotion daily, which are readily and cheaply available from all kinds of places from supermarkets to discount stores.
Cold weather doesn't have to go hand in hand with illness. Here are some simple suggestions from the Stay Well campaign to help yourself stay well this winter.
Get a flu jab
Top up your medicine cabinet
Fight fatigue with Vitamin D rich foods and supplements