Morley Health Centre Surgery – Library – Live Well

Now, read about how to stay well in very cold weather. The flu vaccine gives good protection against flu and lasts for one year. People aged 65 and over and people with long-term health conditions, including diabetes and kidney disease, are particularly at risk. Flu is a major killer of vulnerable people. Hot water will also make your hair look dull and dry. Top tip: Have warm, rather than hot, showers. Top tip: Have warm, rather than hot, showers.

Instead, they act as a sealant to stop the skin’s natural moisture evaporating away. That means continuing to brush for two minutes, twice a day, every day. Moisturising is essential during winter. Raynaud’s phenomenon is a common condition that makes your fingers and toes change colour and become very painful in cold weather. Heat the main rooms you use to at least 18C and use a hot water bottle or electric blanket to keep warm in bed. Your heart also has to work harder to maintain body heat when it’s cold. This may be because cold snaps increase blood pressure and put more strain on the heart.

Heart attacks are more common in winter. While there’s no cure for cold sores, you can reduce the chances of getting one by looking after yourself through winter. Most of us recognise that cold sores are a sign that we’re run down or under stress. Swimming is ideal as it’s easy on the joints. Daily exercise can boost a person’s mental and physical state. There’s no evidence that changes in the weather cause joint damage. Many people with arthritis say their joints become more painful in winter, though it’s not clear why this is the case.


By drinking oral rehydration fluids (available from pharmacies), you can reduce the risk of dehydration. Young children and the elderly are especially at risk. Top tip: When people are ill with vomiting and diarrhoea, it’s important to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. It can strike all year round, but is more common in winter and in places such as hotels and schools. It can strike all year round, but is more common in winter and in places such as hotels and schools. It can strike all year round, but is more common in winter and in places such as hotels and schools. It can strike all year round, but is more common in winter and in places such as hotels and schools.

Also known as the winter vomiting bug, norovirus is an extremely infectious stomach bug. Also known as the winter vomiting bug, norovirus is an extremely infectious stomach bug. Also known as the winter vomiting bug, norovirus is an extremely infectious stomach bug. Also known as the winter vomiting bug, norovirus is an extremely infectious stomach bug. Also known as the winter vomiting bug, norovirus is an extremely infectious stomach bug. Be extra vigilant about taking your regular medications, and keep rescue inhalers close by and in a warm place. Be extra vigilant about taking your regular medications, and keep rescue inhalers close by and in a warm place.

Be extra vigilant about taking your regular medications, and keep rescue inhalers close by and in a warm place. Calls are answered by a team of highly trained advisors, supported by experienced nurses. Top tip: Stay indoors on very cold, windy days. Top tip: Stay indoors on very cold, windy days. People with asthma should be especially careful in winter. Cold air is a major trigger of asthma symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breath. Cold air is a major trigger of asthma symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breath.

Dissolve one teaspoon of salt in a glass of part-cooled boiled water. Dissolve one teaspoon of salt in a glass of part-cooled boiled water. There’s some evidence that changes in temperature, such as going from a warm, centrally heated room to the icy outdoors, can also affect the throat. It won’t heal the infection, but it has anti-inflammatory properties and can have a soothing effect. Sore throats are common in winter and are almost always caused by viral infections. Sore throats are common in winter and are almost always caused by viral infections. Sore throats are common in winter and are almost always caused by viral infections.

Sore throats are common in winter and are almost always caused by viral infections. It’s also important to keep the house and any household items such as cups, glasses and towels clean, especially if someone in your house is ill. It’s also important to keep the house and any household items such as cups, glasses and towels clean, especially if someone in your house is ill. Read this guide to how to wash your hands properly. This destroys bugs that you may have picked up from touching surfaces used by other people, such as light switches and door handles. This destroys bugs that you may have picked up from touching surfaces used by other people, such as light switches and door handles.