Author: Nicole Taylor

Viral vs. Bacterial Throat Infection – What’s the Difference?

It’s the time of year where winter illnesses start to become more common, from coughs, colds and flu to a throat infection. When you have a sore throat it can be uncomfortable to eat, drink and talk. Getting the right treatment is important to help you get back to feeling yourself again, but to do so you need to know what’s causing your sore throat. The cause of your sore throat isn’t always obvious, but they are usually caused by an infection which can be either viral or bacterial. Here’s our guide to the difference between a viral and...

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Cold vs Flu – What’s the real difference?

For many people it can be difficult to understand the difference between the common cold and the flu. This could be because they have similar symptoms, such as sore throats and runny or stuffy noses, and are both common in winter. For those of us who have had the flu the difference between the two is clearer, however if you haven’t it can be difficult to tell whether you have a bad cold or the flu. Although colds and the flu are caused by completely different viruses, they have similar symptoms. To help you tell the two apart there...

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Simple steps to help you overcome your fear of needles

With flu season well underway, many of us are considering getting the flu jab. For some it’s a simple choice as it’s the only way to protect yourself against the flu, however for some there is more to consider. For at least 1 in 10 people1, having an injection is a scary thought… but it doesn’t have to be. For many, this fear of needles, or needle phobia, stems from having had lots of procedures with needles at a young age. For others it is caused by the thought of a needle entering the skin or the discomfort associated...

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How to keep asthma under control this winter

Cold weather often comes with more than its fair share of health issues including colds, flu and sore throats. If you are one of the 5.4 million people in the UK who have asthma, cold air can bring on symptoms such as wheezing or coughing. Here’s our top tips on how to manage your condition this winter. i Asthma UK Winter Asthma Survival Guide Tips to manage your asthma this winter include: Take your medicine as prescribed and carry your reliever inhaler with you at all times – your preventer inhaler helps to build up protecting in your airways overtime...

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All You Need to Know about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

During the winter we can often feel a little down. But what exactly is seasonal affective disorder? After the clocks go back and the days start getting noticeably shorter, some people find their mood becomes subdued. If this sounds familiar, you could be experiencing a symptom of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons. The symptoms of SAD tend to start in the autumn then become worse during December, January and February. When spring arrives, most people who are affected find their symptoms can start to improve and eventually disappear altogether. The...

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