In the last couple of years, there is one illness that has dominated both news headlines and our main fears – of course this is the novel Coronavirus, Covid-19. But as the world starts to get back to normal, vaccination programmes expand and people start to get back to their regular daily lives without lockdowns and social restrictions, there are other illnesses that we should be aware of. It is easy to forget of course that any other exist after the couple of years that we have had, but as we get together and start to socialise once more be aware of these illnesses which could once again start to do the rounds…
Norovirus – The winter vomiting bug, norovirus is an incredibly unpleasant winter visitor that we have to live with each year. This one has closed down care homes and hospital wards in the past, as well as being a problem in schools in the winter months. This is because it is extremely contagious and very unpleasant if you catch it. Although in most cases it is not actually life threatening, it is certainly not very nice to have as symptoms include sickness and diarrhoea as well as a high temperature. Anyone who has had this nasty bug will know it is best to avoid it. Of course, the reason why care homes and hospitals are very strict when it comes to this is because it can be much more dangerous for people who are more vulnerable to catch it – such as those poorly in hospital or elderly people in a care home.
Chlamydia – Something that people often overlook as they get back out there and go out socialising and dating again are the sexually transmitted infections, of which chlamydia is one of, if not the most common. When left unchecked, it has all sorts of horrible side effects, and can cause infertility in women. If you are concerned that you have it and want to check it is easy to get a testing kit without even having to go to the doctors or clinic – places like these home STI kits Bexley based company https://www.checkurself.org.uk/plus/home_sti_kits will be able to provide you with a test that you can do in the comfort of your own home. It is also easy to treat once you know you have it.
The Flu – We have heard a lot lately about the flu making a comeback this year. Something that is particularly important and can help to protect you from this very nasty winter illness, is to have your flu vaccination. In particular if you are over 50 or have an illness which makes you more susceptible to the damage that flu can cause. The flu is very unpleasant and although there is no cure for it, the best thing you can do is to drink plenty of fluids, and get a lot of rest, as this will help your body to fight it. You can also take painkillers such as paracetamol which can help to alleviate some of the symptoms of the flu.