PEOPLE are being encouraged to take better care of themselves and their families over winter when seasonal illnesses increase.
Doctors in Worcestershire have reported an increase in winter ailments such as colds and flu.
They say if you do get a cold often the best treatment is staying at home, keeping warm and drinking plenty of fluids.
Taking paracetamol or ibuprofen can also reduce your temperature and ease any aches and pains.
Over the counter medicines can also help with symptom relief and a pharmacist can offer advice if it’s needed.
Family doctors also say it’s worth remembering that antibiotics don’t work on most winter illnesses like colds and flu as these are viral infections and antibiotics don’t work against viruses.
If you need further advice, you can call 111, the free NHS Service, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for fast medical advice when it’s not an emergency.
This can include arranging an out-of-hours GP appointment.
Preventing ill health is important during winter, so choose positive options say doctors which will boost both physical and mental health and self-esteem by eating well, drinking only in moderation, stopping smoking and staying active.
Dr Carl Ellson said: “It is important that people understand about self care, especially during the winter months, when seasonal illnesses increase.
“Knowing how to take medicines, treat minor ailments and seek help when it is needed is vital to helping people look after their health and wellbeing.”
If you require a GP appointment outside of normal working hours this winter, contact your GP Surgery to discuss improved access appointments in Worcestershire. Please note that appointments outside of usual surgery times may be with another GP or at another practice.
For more information about staying well this winter, visit https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/keep-warm-keep-well/