Now January is well under way many of us are looking at way to lose that excess holiday weight. And for thousands of people, that includes joining programmes like Slimming World. Slimming World started as a weight-loss magazine, but is now a multi-million pound business. It’s ‘Syn’ system sees dieters allocated 15 points a day, which can be used on treats which may be higher in calories than the designated low-fat or 'Free' options. But as many of us are also finding out right now, January is also a prime time for illness, with the cold weather prompting a raft of bugs and diseases doing the rounds of schools and workplaces. And that means we're guzzling a host of cold and flu remedies, from paracetamol sachets to sugary throat lozenges. But if you’re on the Slimming World plan, can taking this medication add to the number of Syns you're consuming? 'Make sure you're synning any cough sweets' One Slimming World member, who asked not to be named, told … [Read more...] about Do cough sweets count towards Slimming World Syn totals?
Treatment for hacking cough
As we enter the new year, many of us are dealing with dry, chesty coughs that seem never-ending. Hospitals across the country have been under increased strain and have warned people to stay away if they have coughs, colds and flu-like symptoms. Most coughs will clear out in about three weeks, but that is still quite a long time to deal with a painful and irritating bark. Hacking coughs cannot be treated with antibiotics and researchers have recently revealed that over-the-counter cough medicines are virtually useless. Researchers from the American Chemical Society claim cough syrups work little better than a placebo, while other popular remedies such as echinacea, vitamin C and zinc are not likely to help either. At best, cough suppressants can leave you drowsy and give you a better night's sleep, Devon Live reported. The researchers concluded there's little or no evidence that the heavily marketed active ingredients in cough syrup – including the DXM (dextromethorphan) often … [Read more...] about This is how to get rid of the nasty cough that’s going around
We all know we shouldn’t be traipsing to the GP with every sniffle, but coughs can be a bit tricky. Some sound worse than others, some last longer than others, and all cause us to try self-diagnose to save the embarrassment of a trip to the doctors, only to find out an over-the-counter remedy was the solution all along. But learning the differences between types of cough really is useful, and could benefit us all in the long-run. Is it lingering irritation after a cold, or could that stubborn cough be a sign of something worse? What if you’re hacking up phlegm, or also getting breathless? Here, experts explain what different coughs might mean, and when to get to the doc pronto. Could your cough be... Cold or flu It’s not unusual for a cough to linger longer than the rest of your cold symptoms, and they can sound bad. “Common cold coughs generally fall into two types – dry or chesty,” says Kathryn Granleese, Superdrug Pharmacist and Clinical … [Read more...] about Find out whether your cough is harmless or harmful
A YOUNG mum's instinct saved her little baby's life after doctors mistook a life-threatening heart condition...for a blocked nose. Lauren Bishop, 20, was told that four-month-old Raegan had a simple cold. But Lauren was convinced that something was more seriously amiss. So she took him to A&E and refused to leave until medics carried out tests on the poorly tot. Thanks to her insistence, a potentially lethal heart murmur was discovered and within hours of the diagnosis, Raegan underwent emergency surgery to widen a section of his heart - an op which may have saved his life. Since then, Lauren claims to have been told by doctors that without her quick-thinking actions, the baby would have died within two months. The former carer from Southend-on-Sea said: "This is by far the most important cold my boy is going to have in his entire life. "Because had I not taken him to the GP on that day, his condition could have killed him. "All these months he has been smiley and bubbly but inside … [Read more...] about Baby almost dies after doctors ‘mistook deadly heart murmur for a blocked nose’
What can soothe a nasty hacking cough if it' won't clear up? Thousands of us each winter suffer from nasty cough viruses. Hospital admissions soar and surgeries report seeing a larger number of patients - and many times its a cough that cannot be treated with antibiotics. And for some it can turn into a more serious lung infection, reports Devon Live. All of which makes the revelation that over-the-counter cough medicines are virtually useless far from welcome. Researchers from the American Chemical Society claim cough syrups work little better than a placebo, while other popular remedies such as echinacea, vitamin C and zinc are not likely to help either. At best cough suppressants can leave you drowsy and give you a better night's sleep, claim the scientists. But their report concluded there's little or no evidence that the heavily marketed active ingredients – including the DXM (dextromethorphan) often found in 'night time' formulations – do anything to ease the cough. … [Read more...] about How to get rid of a cough virus that just won’t clear up