Common Summer Ailments We Suffer From
Now you’ve recovered from the jet lag from your trip abroad or stay-cation at our own beloved seaside - it’s time to take stock of our health this Summer. Working with a team of GPs, I’m going to discuss everything from allergies to injury. This is our take on the top complaints we’re all talking about.
It’s fascinating to see links between our time off over the summer holiday season and the common ailments we tend to suffer from. Buckle up and read on if you’re searching for a way to improve your well-being now it’s time to head back to the office, or wave goodbye to your kids for the start of the school term (hoorah!).
Summer Ailments: Allergies and Eczema
For some of us, summer means one thing, hay fever. Though we can also suffer from several other allergies or food intolerances from pets and insect to fruits and seeds. Getting outdoors, trying new foods, or indeed exploring new countries can mean we’re coming back from the holidays with skin rashes, lesions, a flare up of our eczema/asthma, or worse still, an allergic reaction.
There is not a week goes by where I’m not filling the shopping trolley with Piriton and eye drops. Though an unknown allergy can result in tears and tantrums too. So, what can we do to find out the cause?
Dr Vikram Rajkomar, Consultant Dermatologist at Pall Mall Medical said “Allergies are increasing around the world. Since every country has their own dietary habits, there are noteworthy differences in even food allergens that can cause a reaction. The end of summer is when we see patients arriving back to the UK from their travels, some with swollen, red, blotchy or itchy skin, or having suffered a reaction. Allergy testing is very popular privately, and there are no waiting lists. It’s a fast-track solution to identifying your triggers. Perhaps milk or nuts have caused a reaction, or another allergen has worsened your eczema, or an unsuspecting food ingredient like chilli, lentils or even shellfish are causing you digestive distress. Whether it’s a skin complaint or a reaction, get expert help and prevent any further illness and worry.
Summer Ailments: Unusual Moles
Whether you’re holidaying abroad or maybe lucky enough to have enjoyed some hot weather at home, you’re likely to have been in your swimsuit, shorts or t-shirt and noticed a mole or two! We are all aware of the association between moles, sun damage and skin cancer. There are some alarming statistics from Cancer Research, revealing there are around 16,000 new melanoma skin cancer cases in the UK every year, that's 44 every day! It is the 5th most common cancer in the UK and what is worrying is that 10% of all cases are diagnosed at a late stage.
With our beauty and appearance trending everywhere we look, from the influence of Love Island to the selfie revolution with Instagram, we do need to be more aware of warning signs and what we can do about them.
Mr Ullas Raghavan, Consultant Facial Surgeon at Pall Mall Cosmetics says “It’s really important to get your moles assessed. You’re at higher risk of developing a malignant melanoma if you have pale skin, lots of moles or freckles, a history of sunburn or a family history of skin cancer. I’m always advising
patients to apply SPF 50 every day during the Summer, whether sunny or not! We know overexposure to UV rays from the sun and sunbed use are the main causes. I can offer an expert mole assessment clinic if you do spot any worrying moles, it’s a comprehensive check with full examination and magnified analysis. This can give you peace of mind, or the chance to spot any signs of danger at an early stage. Mole removal is fast becoming a simple option for reassurance that you can do privately without any NHS referral or waiting lists.”
Summer Ailments: Poor Diet & Weight Gain
I am sure I speak for many adults and especially parents out there when I say wine and luxury foods regularly appear in our shopping trolleys during the summer months. The great British weather is a common reason we all indulge in a few extra glasses of wine, BBQ’s with friends and days where we tend to eat without as much thought to our waistlines.
What happens when we’ve had enough of the gluttony and feel we need to make a change? GPs are familiar with these feelings at the end of summer. Whether it’s wanting to get back into shape, or even frustrations about not being able to play with the kids, or feeling less mobile to join in the summer activities.
Dr Andre Brittain-Dissont, a weight-loss physician at Pall Mall Medical says “There is no replacement for a healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise, though you don’t need to feel guilty if you’ve been dieting or tried the gym without success. I’m commonly asked at this time of year whether I can recommend any weight loss programmes that have proven results.
The Elipse weight-loss balloon is a revolutionary new approach to a gastric balloon. It doesn’t require any surgery and can be done in as little as 20 minutes with myself. It’s not permanent either, it’s a kickstart for weight loss on a 4-month plan. Great if you need that extra help to commit to losing weight. It controls weight loss by partially filling your stomach space, helping you to feel ‘full’ sooner, less hungry and inclined to eat smaller portions of food. This is an ideal option if you want to lose lots of weight e.g. 2-3 stone prior to a wedding, going on holiday or a special event where you want to look your best, improve your body shape and restore self-confidence over your appearance.” signs of danger at an early stage. Mole removal is fast becoming a simple option for reassurance that you can do privately without any NHS referral or waiting lists.”
Summer Ailments: Joint Pain & Stiffness
I am not one for exercise or fitness in general, but my kids on the other hand absolutely love sports and spend a large majority of the summer running, cycling, playing football and when on holiday, swimming all day long in the pool. What would be terrible, is not being able to partake in this family time making happy memories. Whether it’s enjoying the great outdoors, or playing with your kids or grandchildren, Summer is often when we realise, we’re having trouble with our joints.
Mr Fahad Attar, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Pall Mall Medical says “It’s increasingly common that we see people complaining of joint pain with a lack of function and movement. This affects your ability to move freely and get on with performing your everyday activities. Joint issues - including osteoarthritis, chronic pain and inflammation - can be debilitating and stop you from doing what you love. Many patients are not coping with ongoing discomfort and are having to take copious amounts of medication. There is a real drive to improve their symptoms, heal their joints and avoid having major joint surgery. That is why I’ve launched a biological stem cell therapy clinic, with cutting-edge science and a strong evidence base to end joint pain, improve movement and speed up recovery from injury and osteoarthritis - using only 100% natural healing factors from your own body.”
If you have had an eventful summer where your health has taken a wrong turn, now is the time to take action before your ailments become the talk of the office. At Pall Mall Medical you can see a Private GP or a specialist Consultant without any referral from the NHS. They offer a simple call and book system, where you can self-pay or use a medical insurance policy to get treatment without any delays.
Give Pall Mall Medical a call and they’ll help you get back to doing the things you love this summer.
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