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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.


• 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


• 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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