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Winter Health Tips & Suggestions
14th July, 2017
Germs generally only lead to illness when the body is out of balance and immunity is weakened. In winter, when flu is going around
and when viral contact is repeated, you are more likely to succumb. Thus, supplementing your diet with additional natural nutrients
may be crucial in supporting your immune system and avoiding nasty flu bugs.
- Acts on immune cells, increasing their production and activity.
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- Helps fight viruses for faster recovery from flu.
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- Helps reduce susceptibility to cold and flu infections, assisting recovery.
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Coughs are caused by viral infections like flu, the common cold, allergies, environmental irritants, trapped foreign particles,
asthma or habitual smoking - and every cough needs specific treatment.
- Stay hydrated
- Take lozenges and hot drinks
- Use a humidifier
- Take decongestants
- Use a suitable cough mixture
Why use a humidifier:
Humidity acts as a natural moisturising agent that can relieve dryness. For this reason, humidifiers are often used for relieving
- Dry skin
- Dry throat
- Nose irritation
- Bloody noses
- Dry cough
- Cracked lips
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Although a cold cannot be 'cured', this does not mean you must suffer. Adequate sleep and hydration will go a long way
to helping you feel better. Further symptoms, such as a runny nose, itchy, watery eyes and body aches can be effectively
treated to help you manage.
- Decongestants or antihistamines
- Nasal drop / sprays
- Pain medication
Flu (or influenza) is different to a cold: it has a very rapid onset with generally severe fever and can be more serious. Treatment
is often the same.
A fever occurs when the body temperature rises above it's 'normal' range of 37 degrees to 40 degrees, due to colds, flu and
other common infections. Above this, the body's own temperature-control, system starts being ineffective, resulting in fever,
which is characterised by a flushed appearance, chills, shivering, sweating and dehydration. Here are some tips to bring fever
down - but if it persists, seek medical attention.
Stay cool -Place a cool, damp washcloth on your forehead, arms or legs. You could lie in a lukewarm bath. Both actions can
help bring down fever.
Don't overheat -if you get the chills, remove layers of clothing and blankets. Bundling up causes your body's temperature to
rise, and makes chills worse.
Pain medication -some over-the-counter medicines contain ingredients that fight fevers and chills, ease headaches and body pain
and soothe throats. Ask your Dis-Chem Pharmacist for advice.
Dry scratchiness and painful swallowing are the hallmarks of a sore throat, yet a sore throat may be a symptom of another illness,
usually a viral infection such as a cold or flu. In many cases, a sore throat is the first indication that you are getting sick.
- Increase fluid intake, to help keep mucus thin and easy to clear.
- Take an aspirin or paracetamol to ease the pain
- Gargle with warm salt water
- Suck on throat lozenges or use an antiseptic spray.
- Avoid smoke and other air pollutants
Wash your hands whenever you can.
- Germs and seasonal bacteria are everywhere, on everything you touch: food, money, hand-rails, doors, desks, toilets and even other people.
- The more you touch, the more germs you pick up and spread, increasing risk of infection for yourself and others.
- To avoid risk, wash your hands as often as you can.
- Keep sanitiser wipes and waterless cleaners on hand for when you don't have access to washing facilities.
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