As the winter bug season approaches, North Kirklees GPs are encouraging men across the region to take care of themselves during the winter months.
The advice comes from NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) which has issued guidance about sore throats, chesty coughs and just generally feeling under the weather – winter ailments which can get the best of us down. If you’re generally fit and healthy, you can usually manage the symptoms of a cold or flu yourself without seeing a doctor, GPs say.
The best course of action is to look after yourself by resting, drinking fluids to avoid dehydration and avoiding strenuous activity. 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.
In such cases the best protection is a free flu vaccination. The jab 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 or visit a local walk-in centre for same-day access to a health practitioner. Walk-in centres are often open later in the evenings and at weekends when your usual GP practice may be closed.
Dr David Kelly, GP, Chair of the 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. If the symptoms do not go away, then go and see your GP. Of course if it’s an emergency then go to A&E.”
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