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The flu vaccine gives good protection against flu and lasts for one year. People aged 65 and over and people with long-term health conditions, including diabetes and kidney disease, are particularly at risk. Hot water will also make your hair look dull and dry. Water that is too hot makes skin feel more dry and itchy. Top tip: Have warm, rather than hot, showers. Instead, they act as a sealant to stop the skin’s natural moisture evaporating away. Contrary to popular belief, moisturising lotions and creams aren’t absorbed by the skin.

Dry skin is a common condition and is often worse during the winter, when environmental humidity is low. Top tip: Don’t smoke or drink caffeine (they can both worsen symptoms) and always wear warm gloves, socks and shoes when going out in cold weather. Fingers can go white, then blue, then red, and throb and tingle. Wrap up warm when you go out and wear a hat, scarf and gloves. Heat the main rooms you use to at least 18C and use a hot water bottle or electric blanket to keep warm in bed. Top tip: Stay warm in your home. Your heart also has to work harder to maintain body heat when it’s cold.

Heart attacks are more common in winter. Heart attacks are more common in winter. Heart attacks are more common in winter. Heart attacks are more common in winter. Top tip: Every day, do things that make you feel less stressed, such as having a hot bath, going for a walk in the park, or watching one of your favourite films. Top tip: Every day, do things that make you feel less stressed, such as having a hot bath, going for a walk in the park, or watching one of your favourite films. Top tip: Every day, do things that make you feel less stressed, such as having a hot bath, going for a walk in the park, or watching one of your favourite films.


Top tip: Every day, do things that make you feel less stressed, such as having a hot bath, going for a walk in the park, or watching one of your favourite films. Top tip: Every day, do things that make you feel less stressed, such as having a hot bath, going for a walk in the park, or watching one of your favourite films. While there’s no cure for cold sores, you can reduce the chances of getting one by looking after yourself through winter. While there’s no cure for cold sores, you can reduce the chances of getting one by looking after yourself through winter. While there’s no cure for cold sores, you can reduce the chances of getting one by looking after yourself through winter. Read about how to get started with swimming for fitness. Read about how to get started with swimming for fitness.

Swimming is ideal as it’s easy on the joints. Daily exercise can boost a person’s mental and physical state. Daily exercise can boost a person’s mental and physical state. Everything feels worse, including medical conditions. Everything feels worse, including medical conditions. Only joint symptoms such as pain and stiffness are affected by the weather. Top tip: Many people get a little depressed during the winter months, and this can make them perceive pain more acutely.

Many people with arthritis say their joints become more painful in winter, though it’s not clear why this is the case. Many people with arthritis say their joints become more painful in winter, though it’s not clear why this is the case. Many people with arthritis say their joints become more painful in winter, though it’s not clear why this is the case. Many people with arthritis say their joints become more painful in winter, though it’s not clear why this is the case. Young children and the elderly are especially at risk. Young children and the elderly are especially at risk. The illness is unpleasant, but it’s usually over within a couple of days.

It can strike all year round, but is more common in winter and in places such as hotels and schools. Also known as the winter vomiting bug, norovirus is an extremely infectious stomach bug. Cold air is a major trigger of asthma symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breath. Dissolve one teaspoon of salt in a glass of part-cooled boiled water. It won’t heal the infection, but it has anti-inflammatory properties and can have a soothing effect. It won’t heal the infection, but it has anti-inflammatory properties and can have a soothing effect. There’s some evidence that changes in temperature, such as going from a warm, centrally heated room to the icy outdoors, can also affect the throat.

Sore throats are common in winter and are almost always caused by viral infections. Sore throats are common in winter and are almost always caused by viral infections. Top tip: If you get a cold, use disposable tissues instead of cloth handkerchiefs to avoid constantly reinfecting your own hands.

Getting tested regularly is a good idea to ensure you have a healthy sex life. If you have any of the symptoms above or are worried you may have an STI, speak to your GP or visit an STI clinic. If you have any of the symptoms above or are worried you may have an STI, speak to your GP or visit an STI clinic. If you have any of the symptoms above or are worried you may have an STI, speak to your GP or visit an STI clinic. Vaginal soreness and vulval irritation can be caused by overuse of perfumed soaps, bubble baths and shower gels. The vagina is self-cleansing, so there’s no need to wash inside it (douching). The vagina is self-cleansing, so there’s no need to wash inside it (douching).

Treatment is with antibiotic injections or tablets. In its early stages, syphilis is extremely infectious and can be passed on by close skin contact during sex. These can include a rash on the body and swollen glands. Chlamydia and gonorrhoea can be passed between women through shared sex toys, hands, and by rubbing vulvas together. If the conditions are not treated, the bacteria may lead to an infection in the fallopian tubes and infertility. Some women don’t have any symptoms. Trichomoniasis can be passed between women during any sexual activity that involves the exchange of vaginal fluid.

There are a variety of treatment options, including freezing and medicated creams. There are a variety of treatment options, including freezing and medicated creams. Women with genital warts do not need more regular smear tests than those without them. They may be itchy, but are usually painless. They may be itchy, but are usually painless. Read more about genital herpes. Antiviral tablets can help the healing process.


I spent one night praying and crying in my bed, begging god to help me cos I didn’t want to leave my husband and kids. It can also cause cold sores on the mouth and nose. Thrush can be treated with medicated cream, pessaries and tablets, which can be bought from a chemist. Symptoms may include vulval and vaginal itching, pain and soreness on penetration, burning when passing urine, and a thick, white discharge. Thrush is caused by an overgrowth of yeast called candida. The IUD is available from contraception clinics, some sexual health clinics and some GPs. The IUD is available from contraception clinics, some sexual health clinics and some GPs.

When used correctly, condoms protect against unintended pregnancy and STIs. When used correctly, condoms protect against unintended pregnancy and STIs. If you have vaginal, anal or oral sex with a man, use a condom. “Women can catch STIs such as herpes, genital warts and chlamydia when exchanging bodily fluids,” says Hunt. “Women can catch STIs such as herpes, genital warts and chlamydia when exchanging bodily fluids,” says Hunt. “Women can catch STIs such as herpes, genital warts and chlamydia when exchanging bodily fluids,” says Hunt. “Women can catch STIs such as herpes, genital warts and chlamydia when exchanging bodily fluids,” says Hunt.

“Women can catch STIs such as herpes, genital warts and chlamydia when exchanging bodily fluids,” says Hunt. “Women can catch STIs such as herpes, genital warts and chlamydia when exchanging bodily fluids,” says Hunt. “Women can catch STIs such as herpes, genital warts and chlamydia when exchanging bodily fluids,” says Hunt. “Women can catch STIs such as herpes, genital warts and chlamydia when exchanging bodily fluids,” says Hunt. A survey of lesbian and bisexual women by Stonewall revealed half of those who have been screened had an STI. This is not the case. This is not the case.

This is not the case. This is not the case. Sometimes, lesbian and bisexual women are told they don’t need to be tested for STIs. Sometimes, lesbian and bisexual women are told they don’t need to be tested for STIs. Sometimes, lesbian and bisexual women are told they don’t need to be tested for STIs. Sometimes, lesbian and bisexual women are told they don’t need to be tested for STIs. Sometimes, lesbian and bisexual women are told they don’t need to be tested for STIs.

Lesbians and bisexual women are not immune from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and it’s important not to be complacent about getting tested for them, according to Ruth Hunt at the charity Stonewall. Lesbians and bisexual women are not immune from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and it’s important not to be complacent about getting tested for them, according to Ruth Hunt at the charity Stonewall. Lesbians and bisexual women are not immune from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and it’s important not to be complacent about getting tested for them, according to Ruth Hunt at the charity Stonewall. Know how to protect yourself. Know how to protect yourself. You are currently logged in as.