Whether it’s an annoying cold or something more debilitating, there’s nothing worse than being knocked for six because of health problems. But there are some little things you can do to avoid them before they arise.
Here are the health issues affecting women, ranging from the common to the concerning, and what you can do to help prevent them.
First up, one of the most common winter ailments – colds. Health Direct Australia says that adults are likely to get two to four colds a year with symptoms like coughing, a sore throat, sneezing and a blocked or runny nose. When it comes to prevention, good hygiene is your best bet. Wash your hands regularly, avoid touching your mouth and face and cover your mouth while sneezing or coughing. Regular exercise, good sleep and a healthy diet will also help your immune system in resisting a bug.
"When it comes to prevention, good hygiene is your best bet". Image: iStock.
Influenza is a viral infection that brings fever, sore throat and muscle aches. The best source of prevention is getting a flu vaccine. Get the shot in early autumn from your local pharmacy to allow time for your immunity to strengthen in the lead up to flu season.
Urinary Tract Infections.
A Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is a bacterial infection that can occur anywhere within the urinary system: the urethra, the bladder or the kidneys. And boy it is painful. The most common cause of an infection is E. coli bacteria from the bowel making its way into the urinary tract. 50 per cent of Australian women have experienced one, with symptoms like: burning pain when urinating, the feeling of needing to pee but with nothing coming out and/or blood in your urine.