Men encouraged to take care of themselves this winter

With the winter bug season upon us, the Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are encouraging men across the district to take care of themselves during the winter months.

Sore throat, chesty cough or just generally feeling under the weather – winter ailments can get the best of use down. If you’re normally and healthy, you can usually manage the symptoms of a cold or flu yourself without seeing a doctor.

Look after yourself by resting, drinking fluids to avoid dehydration and avoiding strenuous exercise. Your local pharmacist can give you advice on the best over-the-counter medication to relieve aches and pains.

However, some men need to take extra care as they’re more at risk of serious chest complications, such as pneumonia and bronchitis. Men over 65 are more at risk of complications, and those under 65 with underlying conditions such as diabetes, asthma or chronic heart disease are too.

In these cases, the best protection is a free flu jab. This is quick, effective and will protect you against the flu virus all winter.

If your cold or flu symptoms continue for three weeks or more, contact your GP practice for an appointment with a health professional.

Dr Aamer Khan, urgent care lead for NHS Bradford City CCG, said: “Colds and flu affect us all. However, studies show that men aren’t the best at looking after their health which can be to their detriment, especially if they have an underlying condition.

“So if you feel under the weather, why not pop into the local pharmacy, visit www.nhs.uk/asap or call NHS 111 for advice on what to do. Go and see your GP if the symptoms don’t go away. Only go to A&E if it’s an emergency or life-threatening situation.”

You can find a symptom checker and information about local NHS services at: www.nhs.uk or visit: www.nhsstaywell.org for a list of local health services and contact details.

NHS 111 is available free of charge, 24 hours a day, seven days a week (including bank holidays) by dialling 111.

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