Sunday, November 27, 2016
We are fast approaching the Christmas party season, and whilst it's an exciting and energetic time, it also brings with it a whole host of ailments that are typical for this time of year.
Here we take a look at the most common ailments and how you can overcome them, ensuring that you are fully prepared once the party season hits.
Over eating and indigestion
Over eating and indegistion are very common this time of year. With all the mince pies people parade around the office, along with the huge culprit that is Christmas Day, it is easy to get caught up and overeat.
The downside to overeating is that it can make way for very uncomfortable indigestion. In order to lower your risk, and enjoy your seasonal meals and treats, be sure to take into consideration portion sizes and how quickly you are eating. And rather than lying down for a quick nap after a huge meal, plan to go for a quick walk. If you need a little extra help, take a look at the Indigestion remedies that we offer.
Of course the easiest way to avoid a hangover is to be mindful of the amount of alcohol you are drinking the day or night before, however it is understandably easy to get carried away this time of year.
If you find yourself with an unfortunate hangover, be sure to remedy it with water in order to get yourself hydrated again. Over the counter medications such as paracetomal can help with any headache, allowing you to feel more like yourself again. Rest and recouperation is also a huge aspect of recovering from a hangover quickly, so be sure to catch up on any sleep you might have missed.
The cold chill is now approaching, and that just so happens to bring with it treacherous weather conditions. Lower temperatures mean icier conditions, which in turn cause more falls, bumps, bruises and sprains. If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of a sprained wrist or ankle, be sure to rest, elevate, and treat it with ice in order to reduce the swelling.
A tubular bandage could help to limit any future movement that might damage it further, whilst the compression will help to minimise any further swelling - these types of bandage can be found at a pharmacy. Ibuprofen can also help to reduce any pain.
If you think there is a chance that you may have a broken bone, be sure to visit a doctor as soon as possible.
There may be a situation where you find yourself in need of emergency contraception. Emergency contraception comes in two forms and can be located at any pharmacy. One form is a tablet which is more commonly known as the 'Morning After Pill' and can be effective up to three days after unprotected sex. The second form is an emergency IUD (coil) which can be effective up to five days after unprotected sex. A doctor or pharmacist can advise you on which is more suitable.
Stopping smoking can be harder at this time of year, with the number of social events and parties in place. If you feel like you are struggling, be sure to visit your free, local Stop Smoking Service. They can help to keep you on track with expert advice, support and encouragement.
You may also find that nicotine replacement products help, something which your local Stop Smoking Service adviser, or a pharmacist, can explain to you in more detail. If you think you might need a little extra help be sure to check out Oxford Online Pharmacy's stop smoking service here.