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Important information Staying healthy


There has been lots of information in the news this year about health scares. Take a look at the tips below on the signs and symptoms of recent and common health issues to look out for.


Tuberculosis


• lack of appetite and weight loss • a high temperature (fever) • night sweats • extreme tiredness or fatigue


• a persistent cough that lasts more than three weeks and usually brings up phlegm, which may be blood


• breathlessness that gradually gets worse


These could also be symptoms of heart failure.


Scarlet fever


• a distinctive pink-red rash that feels like sandpaper and may be itchy.


• a sore throat, headache and a high temperature (38.3C/101F or above)


• flushed cheeks • a swollen tongue


Chicken pox


• a spotty, blistering red rash that can cover the entire body


• flu-like symptoms


Do not use ibuprofen to treat someone with chickenpox, this can make the illness worse. Contact your GP straight away if:


• the blisters on their skin become infected


• your child has a pain in their chest or has difficulty breathing


Meningitis


• a high temperature (fever) over 37.5C (99.5F)


• being sick • a headache


• a blotchy rash that doesn’t fade when a glass is rolled over it (this won’t always develop)


• a stiff neck • a dislike of bright lights • drowsiness or unresponsiveness • seizures (fits)


If you are worried about your health or the health of a family member or friend, contact your GP or call the non-emergency NHS helpline, 111.


Only call 999 in an emergency. 15


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