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Staying well in winter

Staying well in winter
13 December 2018

A local NHS leader has urged those living with breathing problems to help themselves to stay well this winter as temperatures plummet.

Dr Paul Bowen, our clinical chair and GP with McIlvride Medical Practice, Poynton has encouraged people to take extra care during the current cold spell to ensure that they stay well.

“Every winter, people with respiratory diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) experience a flare-up of their symptoms due to the cold weather. This results in a sharp rise in GP appointments and hospital attendances, putting pressure on beds and services.”

His advice comes after the cold spell that hit Cheshire in November resulted in a sharp rise in hospital attendances and admissions of people with long-term conditions, putting pressure on hospital beds and services.

Keeping your lungs as healthy as possible throughout the winter months can help you to fight the impact of the cold.

If you suffer from asthma, you should carry your reliever inhaler with you at all times and keep taking your regular preventer inhaler as prescribed by your doctor. If you find need to use your inhaler more than usual, speak to your doctor about reviewing your treatment.

It’s best to seek help at the first sign of a winter illness. Even if it’s just a cough or cold, speak to your pharmacist for advice before it gets more serious. Pharmacists are fully qualified to advise you on the best course of action. They can also review your inhaler technique with you which may make a difference.

It is also important to keep warm when it’s cold by maintaining a consistent temperature in your home and by wearing layers of clothing. The optimum room temperature is 21 degrees Centigrade in the living room and 18 in the bedroom.

Click here for other helpful tips and advice on how you can stay well this winter.