Christmas is a time of fun, food, family, and alcohol, and the festive holidays are an opportunity to kick back after a few months of hard slog. Most people have at least one or two days off during the holiday, so it’s natural to make plans that involve rest and relaxation.
However, for some families, illness strikes and at least one person ends up needing an urgent care doctor. We can’t stop you falling sick this Christmas, but here is a quick guide on the most common festive ailments – and how to avoid them.
The Common Cold
We can pick up a cold at any time of the year, but they always seem more prevalent around Christmas. It’s cold and damp, we are exposed to millions of germs when we visit crowded shopping malls, and our colleagues don’t stay at home when they have a cold because they need to clear the backlog on their desk before the Christmas break. It’s difficult to prevent colds, but try boosting your immune system with Vitamin C, washing your hands frequently, and avoiding anyone with a raging cold.
The flu is a serious viral infection and one of the most common winter ailments. Anyone with a long-term health problem, seniors, and other vulnerable people should be vaccinated before flu season hits, but either way, boosting your immune system and making sure you get plenty of sleep is the best way to prevent the flu from ruining your Christmas.