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Staying Safe This Winter

A lot of our customers are purchasing for loved ones who are starting to suffer from age-related aches and pains. Winter as an older, vulnerable person can be a tough time of year – so we have some advice from the NHS on common infections that occur during the months leading up to Christmas and living and keeping well this festive season.

Winter SnowColds

Notorious at this time of year is the common cold. Prevention to some degree is easy – wash your hands regularly and sanitise with hand sanitiser. Though if you use this take care to moisturise regularly too as sanitiser can dry out the skin. Keep all household items clean too – particularly if someone unwell has been in your home.

Asthma

Cold air is a major trigger of asthma symptoms that include wheezing and shortness of breath. Keep inhalers close to you at all times if you’re a sufferer and even consider staying indoors on particularly cold and windy days to lessen symptoms.

Norovirus

This bug is nasty! It’s known as the winter vomiting bug and is extremely infectious so if you do catch it, be extremely wary of who you come into contact with - likewise if you’re not infected and coming into contact with someone who is infected – be very careful. This illness has a relatively short lifespan of a few days but it is very dehydrating – so if you do become infected be sure to drink plenty of fluids.

Painful Joints

Many suffering from arthritis claim their symptoms become exacerbated during winter. Joint symptoms such as pain and stiffness can be helped with compression hosiery as per this article by the Compression Stocking Site. Additionally, light exercise can help your mental and physical state if pain seems more acute than usual and you are suffering from the winter blues.

Heart Attacks

Cold snaps in winter can put more pressure on the heart – and a heart attack is the most serious of consequences for severe winter weather. Your heart works harder keeping you warm in cold weather so stay warm at home if you can and wear multiple layers of clothing to keep warm rather than one thick piece of clothing.

Cold Hands

This is an interesting one. When extremely cold, your hands can become very painful and the skin on them change colour – this is called Raynaud’s Phenomenon. Most people live with their symptoms but cold hands are a sign of poor circulation. Caffeine and smoking can worsen these symptoms and always wearing gloves out in cold weather can help.

Stay safe this winter folks!

25th November, 2015