Keeping on top of your health day to day can be challenging, especially when you have a million other things to do.
Here are some tips for making healthcare that little bit easier to take charge of.
Do you have local health care professionals?
It may seem obvious, but making sure you have a local doctor and dentist is a vital part of taking care of your health.
25% of people in the UK are not registered at their local doctors, and an even more shocking 40% of Brits do not have a dentist at all.
It can be dangerous to leave registering at your local doctor’s or dentists surgery to the last minute as you may not be able to be seen to in good timing and could cause you to rely on hospitals further away.
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Making sure your home is safe to live in
It may seem a strange point to make, but safety in the home is often overlooked, with many illnesses caused by poor living conditions at home that aren’t always obvious.
Asbestos in the home
Asbestos is a material that was commonly used in building materials, especially roofs back in the twentieth century.
While living in a home with asbestos does not necessarily pose a health risk, if it starts to deteriorate (which is likely over time) it is released into the surrounding air and can cause cancer when breathed in.
In order to avoid any health risks that come with having asbestos roofing, it is recommended that people with asbestos roofing invest in a new roof.
As many asbestos roofs are flat, an easy alternative would be EPDM rubber roofing.
Poor air quality in the home can be a subtle but major cause of poor health. Dust is a major cause of illness at home.
Whilst not as serious as the effects of asbestos, dust can cause colds and flu and even lung infections as people breathe in dust which contains various bacteria.
The best way to get rid of dust in the home, of course, is to of course hoover regularly.
But, if you find that you have excessive amounts of dust you could look into getting a good quality air purifier which to help get rid of such quantities.
Damp and heating
Damp in the home is caused by excess moisture. This could be through leaking pipes, exposure to taps and even rain.
Damp can cause a number of health issues as the mould caused by damp is ofter breathed in by those living in the vicinity. These include:
- chest pains
- nasal congestion
- throat irritation and coughing
- more serious health issues such as asthma and lung infections
As well as causing damp, poor regulation of heat in the home can also have an effect on our health so it is important that you have a good quality central heating installed to avoid damp.