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Winter Illness: 6 Winter Health Conditions and How to Combat Them

Posted Thursday 29 November 2018 12:53 by Tim Deakin in Primary Care Givers

woman blowing her noseTis the season to watch your health closely

There are a large number of health problems that are triggered by cold weather, such as colds, asthma and the flu. We’re here to help you identify and treat these conditions effectively, so you can enjoy this time of year without worry. Let’s take a look.

Colds

We’re all familiar with the common cold. In fact, colds are the most common acute illness in the industrialised world, with young children experiencing an average of 6-8 colds per year and adults experiencing 2-4.

Thankfully, you can reduce your likelihood of catching a cold through simple hygiene measures, such as washing your hands thoroughly and regularly. You should also keep your home and any household items clean – especially mugs, glasses, towels and pillows.

Fluwinter illness

The flu is a lot more than just a bad cold. In fact, the flu virus can even be fatal in people aged over 65, pregnant women, and people with long-term health conditions such as diabetes, COPD and kidney disease. The best line of defence against the flu is the flu jab, which offers protection for one year.

Joint pain

Although there is no evidence to suggest that weather has a direct effect on our joints, many people with arthritis complain that their symptoms worsen during the winter months. It is not clear why exactly this is the case, but the likelihood is that an overall downward turn in mood can have an impact on people’s perception of their arthritis. Many people feel more prone to negative feelings in the winter, which could cause them to feel pain more acutely.

What’s more, we also tend to move less in the winter, which could have an impact on our joints. Daily exercise is recommended as a way to boost both physical and mental wellbeing. Swimming is ideal as it is relatively gentle on the joints.

Cold sores

Harsh winter winds can dry out our lips and make them more susceptible to the virus that causes cold sores. However, we also know that cold sores are a clear indication of feeling run down or stressed. So, as well as keeping your lips moisturised this season, you should also look after yourself by taking steps to reduce your stress levels. This could involve doing a simple relaxing activity every day like having a hot bath, taking a walk or watching one of your favourite films. It could also involve talking to those around you – or even a professional – about your stress.

Asthma

Cold air is one of the leading triggers for asthma symptoms such as shortness of breath and wheezing. This means that people living with asthma need to be extra careful at this time of year. Put extra effort into remembering to take your regular medications, and be sure to keep a reliever inhaler close by.

Asthma patients should try to avoid going outdoors on particularly cold and windy days. If this is unavoidable, wear a scarf loosely over your nose and mouth for an added layer of defence.

Acid reflux

Although acid reflux is not directly affected by a change in the weather, it often becomes worse in the winter due to the way our diets and habits change. We tend to indulge in more fatty and rich foods in the winter, as well as more alcohol – especially during the festive period. We also tend to move less and spend more time lying down or slouching, which can also worsen symptoms.

Making positive changes to your diet and fitness regime can help to keep symptoms like heartburn at bay. Effective acid reflux relief medication is also available right here at Express Pharmacy.

Don’t risk your wellbeing this winter; take the necessary precautions to enjoy the season with a clean bill of health.


Here’s Why You Should Take Care Just How Much You Drink This Christmas

Posted Friday 22 December 2017 09:30 by Tim Deakin in Erectile Dysfunction

Indulging in a few festive tipples is understandable, but excessive alcohol consumption at Christmas can have severe consequences

Many of us like a few drinks at Christmas time, but it’s hard to deny the negative effects of excessive alcohol consumption. Understanding more about the possible consequences of drinking is the first step in keeping your consumption balanced and under control. This will help you have a happier and healthier festive season.

The negative effects of drinking at Christmas

Excessive drinking at any time of year puts you at risk of both short term and long-term health conditions, some of which can be extremely serious. These include heart disease, liver disease, stroke, brain damage, nervous system damage and certain kinds of cancer such as mouth, throat and breast.

And since we tend to drink more at Christmas than at any other time of year, it’s important to consider the negative effects of drinking at Christmas, which can really put a dampener on your festive season.

Migraines

Multiple studies have shown excessive alcohol consumption to be one of the most common migraine triggers. Beverages such as red wine can put you at greater risk of suffering intense throbbing pain in the front or side your head. There is a wide range of effective migraine relief medications available from Express Pharmacy to help get you through the Christmas period.

Weight gain

On average, UK adults gain an extra 1.3 pounds during the holiday season, as we tend to see December as a time of indulgence. Alcohol is a major contributor to winter weight gain, putting you more at risk of conditions such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. More and more people are turning to weight loss medications like Xenical and Mysimba to help them shed excess pounds quickly and safely.

Erectile Dysfunction

One of the negative effects of drinking at Christmas for men is an increased risk of erectile dysfunction. This is often a result of a poorer diet, increased drinking habits, lack of physical activity and sometimes even Christmas-related stress. With this in mind, it is hardly surprising that sales of impotence medications like Sildenafil and Viagra double in the run-up to Christmas.

Guidelines for drinking at Christmas

Staying health conscious in your drinking habits over the festive period is, of course, partly about knowing how much to drink at Christmas, and knowing the up-to-date unit limits for men and women (14 units a week.) However, it isn’t just about knowing how much to drink at Christmas. There are other factors to consider.

Do your research

In order to encourage yourself to drink responsibly this December, brush up on the negative effects of drinking at Christmas. Hearing statistics such as alcohol being a causal factor in over 60 medical conditions will help you understand the importance of moderation.

Take days off

Even though it’s Christmas, you should still abstain from drinking on most days. Give yourself a rule to follow that you will spend more days of the week not consuming alcohol than you do actively drinking.

Drink plenty of water

Drinking plenty of water between alcoholic drinks helps your body clear out alcohol. In fact, it’s estimated that your body needs four-parts water for every one-part alcohol.

Watch your urine

If your urine is a dark amber colour or smells strongly, this is a clear sign that your body is dehydrated and needs more water, less alcohol.

Drink slowly

Drinking slowly gives your body, and particularly your liver, more time to metabolise and flush toxins from your body.

Never drink on an empty stomach

Drinking without eating floods your body with alcohol, forcing your liver to work particularly hard. Carbohydrates and fats are the best food groups for absorbing alcohol effectively, helping you line you stomach and avoid a hangover. By allowing food to absorb alcohol, there remains less alcohol for your body to absorb.

For more information on having a happy and healthy festive season, contact the team at Express Pharmacy. You can use our discreet live chat service or call us on 0208 123 07 03.


Why Is Your Acid Reflux Worse in Winter?

Posted Wednesday 20 December 2017 10:03 by Tim Deakin in Acid Reflux

Acid reflux symptoms often worsen in winter, but why? And what is the best treatment for acid reflux?

Acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a common health concern in the UK. In fact, 60 per cent of the adult population will experience acid reflux at some point within a 12-month period, and around a quarter will experience weekly symptoms.

Acid reflux can be diagnosed as when acid from the stomach leaks up into the oesophagus, resulting in heartburn, an unpleasant sour taste and possibly nausea. A lot of people who do suffer from acid reflux often find that their symptoms worsen during the winter months.

So why is your acid reflux worse in the winter? And what can be done to lessen your symptoms?

Why is your acid reflux worse in winter?

Understanding more about acid reflux as a condition is the best way to understand why it tends to worsen over the winter months. By gaining a clearer understanding of the causes of winter acid reflex, you are one step closer to finding the best treatment for acid reflex and heartburn.

Early to bed, late to rise

Gravity has a part to play in the symptoms of acid reflux, as the stomach acid is more likely to leak into the oesophagus when you are not standing or sitting upright. So in winter, when we tend to be less physically active and spend more time in bed or slouching on the sofa, symptoms can worsen. Sleeping with a pillow propping up your upper back can help reduce acid reflux.

Comfort food

As well as being less active in winter, UK adults also tend to follow a less healthy diet too. Taking comfort from the cold with hot, fatty-rich foods is common in winter, but for acid reflux sufferers they can find their symptoms worsen as a result. This is because certain food groups such as fatty foods, spicy foods, chocolate and coffee, can aggravate acid reflux symptoms — and these are often the foods we see as comforting.

Christmas cheer

In the run up to Christmas, we are more likely to gorge on unhealthy food and alcoholic drinks than at any other time of year. Whilst there’s nothing wrong with a few festive tipples, excessive alcohol intake can result in a significant increase in acid reflux symptoms during December. Alcohol is one of the main contributing factors in acid reflux, as it is itself acidic.

What is the best treatment for acid reflux?

There are several different options when it comes to finding the best treatment for acid reflux. Sometimes, it is a case of implementing certain lifestyle changes into your routine which helps to reduce symptoms of the conditions. These work particularly well in terms of preventing acid reflux, but in terms of finding the best treatment for acid reflux, it may be that effective medication is required.

How to prevent acid reflux

Lifestyle changes to prevent or improve acid reflux can include simply enjoying certain things in moderation, like alcohol and fatty foods. Don’t consume substances which trigger your acid reflux in excess.

Increasing your level of physical activity can also reduce your chances of suffering acid reflux symptoms, especially if you are currently overweight and are using exercise to reduce your excess weight. You can also raise one end of your bed by 10 to 20cm to prevent stomach acid from travelling towards your throat.

How to treat acid reflux

Acid reflux medication is an effective and efficient form of GERD treatment. There are several treatments available from Express Pharmacy, including Omeprazole and Lansoprazole — both of which are established and tested medications for treating acid reflux symptoms. So don’t suffer this winter, find the right treatment for your condition today.

For help, information and treatment for any healthcare concerns you have this winter, contact Express Pharmacy. Call us on 0208 123 0703 or use our discreet Live Chat service today.

Comments

Betty Mottley on Wednesday 28 February 2018 17:11

I found taking omeprazole or lansoprazole made all joints hurt. When i bent down to pick up something a sharp pain in the bottom of my spine. Also I got pin pricks in elbow and knee joints. I therefore told the hospital specialist this and he told me he did not believe me, I therefore do not take anything but gavison but it does not stop coughing.

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Keeping a Handle on Christmas Weight Gain

Posted Friday 08 December 2017 13:07 by Tim Deakin in Weight loss

The idea of gaining weight over the festive season is so ingrained in the Christmas culture of food and drink that we almost take it for granted. Of course we all indulge in December a little more than we normally would during the other eleven months of the year, but does this really mean we are all in danger of gaining unnecessary weight in the run up to Christmas and New Year’s Eve?

The short answer, according to the stats, is yes.

In fact, as a population the UK is more likely to gain weight now than at any other time of year. The average person will gain an extra 1.3 pounds during the holiday season, and in the case of extravagant eating and drinking sessions like Christmas dinner we may even consume a day’s worth of calories in a matter of hours. And although it may seem like a single month of excess isn't a big deal, it can be incredibly difficult to shift that weight again in the New Year.

In many cases, a poor diet in December only causes us to crave fatty and sugary foods and drinks in January - something a couple of weeks in the gym in January won't tackle effectively. Over time, a poor diet can have health implications such as poor heart disease, type 2 diabetes and even impotence.

But fear not, preventing weight gain at Christmas is easier than you might think.

5 tips for preventing weight gain at Christmas

There are no quick fixes for preventing weight gain at Christmas. It’s all about knowing how to stay healthy in December and keeping these measures in place throughout the festive period. But this doesn’t have to be difficult, and certainly doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the festivities.

3 square meals

Research from the University of Massachusetts suggests that people who eat three or more times a day tend to weigh less. A main factor behind this is the simple fact that when we eat three hearty, balanced meals, we feel less inclined to graze throughout the day on all the sweets and chocolates lying around at Christmas. Breakfast is particularly important — options like porridge can help you feel fuller throughout the morning.

Everything in moderation

Simply put, the secret to knowing how to stay healthy in December is to take everything in moderation, especially food. Remember, research shows that it takes twenty minutes for your body to register when it is satiated. So have a breather at dinner time before heading up for a second helping, and think: “am I really hungry?”

Winter walks

As well as improving your mood and increasing your creativity, walking for thirty minutes a day can also help you lose weight or just keep the pounds off by improving your body’s response to insulin. That’s why, as well as being a delightful festive activity to do together, winter walks in December are a great and simple way of preventing weight gain at Christmas.

Know the risks of booze

Alcohol promotes weight gain in several different ways, making it particularly dangerous if you’re trying to stay healthy over Christmas. Alcohol supplies you with excess calories, promotes a higher appetite, increases your impulsiveness and reduces your willpower. It also increases feelings of lethargy the next day, making you less likely to take part in anything remotely active.

Of course a few festive tipples at Christmas is nothing to be ashamed of, but, like food, it’s important to moderate your intake for a simple way of preventing weight gain at Christmas.

Consider medication for preventing weight gain at Christmas

If you are overweight and feel your health is suffering as a result, NHS-approved medication like Xenical can help you lose weight in a way that’s healthy. It works by preventing your body from absorbing the fat from the food you eat, meaning you are far less likely to put on increasing amounts of weight over the festive season.

In clinical studies, almost two thirds of participants using Xenical lost at least 5 per cent of their body fat. Other clinically proven options include Mysimba: a weight loss medication which acts within the brain to reduce appetite.

For advice, treatment and support about how to stay healthy in December, contact the team at Express Pharmacy today. Give us a call on 0208 123 07 03 or use our discreet online Live Chat service.

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Don’t Let Erectile Dysfunction Ruin Your Festive Season

Posted Friday 08 December 2017 09:37 by Tim Deakin in Erectile Dysfunction

Did you know that sales of erectile dysfunction medication doubles in the run up to Christmas, perhaps reflecting the fears of thousands of men that their bedroom performance will fail them over the festive period

Erectile dysfunction affects more than 10% of men under 60, one in five men over 60 and almost a third of men over the age of 70. While the problem is widespread and should not be considered a cause for embarrassment, the fact is that many men’s fear of inadequacy can lead to a reduced interest in sex and overall negative feelings of anxiety and depression.

At Christmas, an increased pressure to engage in sexual activities combined with an increased food and alcohol intake creates a catch 22 when it comes to impotence. Excess alcohol consumption can significantly increase the likelihood of erectile dysfunction symptoms, as can a generally unhealthy lifestyle — which more of us experience at Christmas time.

So it may come as no surprise then that, compared to a typical month of the year, demand for impotence medication increases by as much as 61 per cent in the run up to Christmas, according to research.

These findings suggest that the reasons behind this increase in erectile dysfunction medication usually falls into one of two categories: the emotional strain of Christmas, or the increased desire to get intimate over the festive period.

Finding the best treatment for erectile dysfunction

For men who believe they may need the help of impotence medication, the choice of different products on the market can be somewhat confusing. While almost everyone is familiar with the market-leading Viagra, there are many different prescription medications available today that may be better suited to some men.

Oral tablets are the most popular form of treatment for erectile dysfunction as they are clinically proven to tackle symptoms and provide a reliable and fast-acting solution to impotence. Popular options are Viagra and Sildenafil. Sildenafil is medically equivalent to Viagra but is more affordable because it is not a branded medication. Both of these options, along with several other leading competitors, are available through Express Pharmacy.

Another popular medication is Cialis and its newly released generic alternative, Tadalafil. Like many other erectile dysfunction medicines, Tadalafil and Cialis work by increasing blood flow to the penis, helping men to achieve a firm, maintainable erection when sexually aroused. One of the most popular aspects of these two treatments is the fact that the active ingredient Tadalafil takes effect in just 30 minutes but can provide up to 36 hours of effectiveness – much longer than Viagra or generic Sildenafil.

For more information about treatment for erectile dysfunction, contact the team at Express Pharmacy using our discreet live chat service. Our simple three-step treatment service can get you the erectile dysfunction medication you need in time for Christmas.

Self care to tackle ED

In addition to prescription medication, it is important that men pay attention to their health and wellbeing at this time of year if they wish to avoid the problem of impotence. Generally speaking, alcohol consumption, poor diet, stress and anxiety can have a detrimental effect on gentlemen’s ability to gain and maintain an erection. Yet many men will spend December eating rich food and drinking heavily as the party season progresses.

Paying a close attention to the physical and psychological factors that can influence impotence and taking steps to avoid excess at this time of year can help to complement erectile dysfunction medication.

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