What Should You Do If You’re Ill Over Christmas?

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Christmas is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year and for most people it is. However, if you’re unwell over the festive season it can be awful. It’s not surprising that people become unwell over Christmas either, a lot is going on and it can cause stress and tiredness. There is also cold weather and sometimes too much food and drink. So, if you do fall ill over Christmas, what should you do?

Food poisoning

It’s very common for people to get ill with food poisoning over Christmas as there is so much food going around. It could be undercooked meat that causes food poisoning as many people never cook a turkey or something as big as a turkey apart from once a year and they don’t know exactly how to do it. Or it could be any number of things that cause food poisoning but in any case, the main symptoms are feeling nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or both, stomach cramps, loss of appetite, a high temperature and lack of energy, aching muscles, and weakness. Usually, this will pass, and with some rest and plenty of water, you’re able to look after yourself until you’re through it. It’s just unfortunate that you have to miss out on the good stuff, but do remember that there will be plenty more Christmasses to come. 


Toothache can occur at any time and it can be extremely painful. If there are no emergency dentists available over Christmas then there are a few home remedies you could try such as using clove oil on your gums, numbing gel, ibuprofen, and a salt water rinse. Try to avoid those chewy toffees and any other food that is likely to get stuck in your teeth and just take it easy. Toothache can be debilitating and it’s easy to forget how painful it is.

Coughs, colds, and flu

It’s the cold and flu season but of course this year there is also COVID to be aware of. If you’re unsure about your symptoms and think that they could be COVID then it’s better to be safe than sorry and to book a test to be safe. However, if you do just have a cold or the flu then make sure you drink plenty of water and hot drinks such as lemon and honey. A bit of brandy or whiskey will also give you some Christmas cheer and help you to feel better too. Try to get as much sleep as you can, eat healthy, hearty foods such as vegetable soups, and take relaxing baths and this should help you to recover quicker. 


With so much rich food being eaten over Christmas, it’s common to get heartburn or indigestion. These can both be painful, so be prepared before Christmas and have some over-the-counter remedies in the house just in case and even get some preventative tablets that you can take before you even feel any pain.

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