Experts at ChemistDirect Offer Essential Health Advice to Students Heading for their First Freshers Week

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Pharmacists at ChemistDirect are offering practical health advice to students heading off for their first term at university.

Fresher's Week

Students Susceptible to 'Fresher's Flu'

There are lots of people from all over the world living in close proximity to each other in halls, so students are likely to be exposed to lots of colds and viruses.

Around 450,000 students are set to start their first term at university, and for many it’s the first time they have lived away from home. 1

With the excitement of Freshers Fairs, numerous hall parties, and student nights, most students enjoy the freedom of no longer having to answer to mum and dad. But if they get struck down with Freshers Flu, they may soon be wishing they were at home for a bit of TLC.

Ramandeep Sandhu, Pharmacist at ChemistDirect said: “It would be a good idea for students to regularly drink orange juice, eat plenty of citrus fruits or to take vitamin C supplements to boost their immune system.

“There are lots of people from all over the world living in close proximity to each other in halls, so students are likely to be exposed to lots of colds and viruses.”

Combined with late nights, poor diet and the inevitable anxiety of settling into university life, students can quickly find themselves suffering. 2

Instead students will eat a healthier diet and save more money in the long run by ditching the fast food and cooking meals from scratch with housemates, such as spaghetti Bolognese.

“It would also be a good idea for students to have essentials in the house such as Alka-Seltzer for treating hangover symptoms, and paracetamol for headaches,” adds Sandhu.

Other basics include plasters, antiseptic cream, and Acriflex antiseptic burns cream for treating minor burns from cooking or ironing.

Sandhu adds: “Students should also make sure they always wear protection, so condoms are an absolute must

“If a student has unprotected sex, they should see their GP as soon as possible for further health advice.”

References

1.    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/universityeducation/clearing/10269353/Clearing-2013-top-universities-still-recruiting-bright-students.html
2.    http://www.studentbeans.com/guestarticles/how-to-beat-freshers-flu-and-actually-study.html

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