Men encouraged to take good care this winter

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DOCTOR CALLING: By Dr Kevin Hill

With the winter bug season upon us, South Lincolnshire CCG is encouraging men across Lincolnshire 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 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.

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, as are those under 65 with underlying conditions such as diabetes, asthma or chronic heart disease.

For these men 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 Kevin Hill, GP, and Chair of South Lincolnshire 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 your local pharmacy, visit www.nhs.uk or call NHS 111 for advice on what to do. If the symptoms don’t go away, then go and see your GP.”