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Blocked ears (wax) self-care guidelines for patients

Earwax

Earwax is a normal build-up of dead cells, hair, foreign material such as dust, and natural wax which forms a protective coating on the skin in the ear canal. The quantity of earwax produced varies greatly from person to person.

A doctor or nurse can look into the ear canal and confirm a plug of earwax has formed, though this isn’t always necessary. A plug of earwax is not a serious problem, more a nuisance. You only need to remove earwax if it is causing symptoms such as dulled hearing or when fitting a hearing aid.

Do not put anything in your ear if you have pain or if you are aware that you have a perforation (hole in the ear drum)- see your nurse/GP.

Do not try to remove wax using a cotton bud or any other small item – this only stimulates the wax secreting glands – to make more wax – and gives a serious risk of infection and perforation! Nothing smaller than your elbow should go into your ear!

Illustration of the anatomy of the ear

Cheshire West Carer Support

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Do you look after a family member or friend who couldn’t manage without your help?

Perhaps you look after someone who is frail, ill, has a disability, mental ill health, or substance misuse issues?

Maybe you care for a child with a learning or physical disability?

If you are, then its important that your GP knows about it. Ask to speak with one of our Carer Links.  You can complete an online Carer Registration Form and we can make a note on your records that you care for someone as well as on the records of the person you care for.

By registering as a carer you will also be able to access a range of information, support and advice services. You will receive a regular newsletter, be able to access the Emergency Card service as well as other services such as respite, and emotional and financial support.

For more information about services available to you call

Cheshire West Carer Support Helpline on 0300 102 0008 (Monday-Friday 9-5pm)

Visit the website www.cheshirewestcarersupport.co.uk

Children & Young Peoples Out of Hours Advice Line

Cheshire and Wirral NHS Partnership Trust’s children and young peoples out of hours advice line, provides mental health services to children and young people, their families and concerned professionals outside of usual business hours.

All Clinicians you speak to are trained in different backgrounds and have experience and knowledge of a range of mental health difficulties. 

> Are you a young person struggling with your mental health?

> Are you worried about your child’s mental health? 

> Are you an adult working with a young person and are concerned about their mental health?

Contact our advice line for advice, support and resources.

Mon – Fri        5.00pm   – 10.00pm
Weekends     12.00pm – 8.00pm

01244 397644

You can also visit http://www.mymind.org.uk/ to find out more information about children and young peoples mental health services.

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You In Mind

YouinMind.org is an online platform helping you find mental health and wellbeing services in Cheshire.

Simple in design and easy to use, YouinMind.org is designed to connect those with mental health needs with local providers and online resources that they would otherwise be unable to find.

Whether you’re looking for professional support like counselling or wish to join a community group to improve your wellbeing, there’s something for everything on our website. Search by condition and postcode to discover suitable services near you.

At YouinMind.org, our goal is to make mental health services in Cheshire more accessible. We know that finding the right support can be a challenge; that’s why our platform is dedicated to signposting you to relevant services.

Our team works closely with local providers to keep our platform up-to-date and to make sure their services reach those that need it. If you run a mental health service, please get in touch so we can include you on our database.

Since launching in May 2017, we have partnered with over 150 providers and list more than 700 mental health services (accurate as of May 2018). We are currently commissioned NHS South Cheshire CCG and NHS Vale Royal CCG and we work in close partnership with NHS West Cheshire and NHS East Cheshire CCG.

Visit YouinMind.org, and find the mental health support you need.

 

Children & Young Peoples Advice Line

If you are worried or concerned about a young persons mental health, you can now access mental health advice and support outside if usual working hours by calling the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trusts advice line.

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Children and Young Persons Mental Health Advice Line Information Leaflet

Tiredness and Fatigue

Tiredness and Fatigue

Feeling exhausted is so common that it has its own acronym, TATT, which stands for “tired all the time”.

We all feel tired from time to time. The reasons are usually obvious and include:

  • too many late nights
  • long hours spent at work
  • a baby keeping you up at night

But tiredness or exhaustion that goes on for a long time is not normal and can affect your ability to get on and enjoy your life.

Unexplained tiredness is one of the most common reasons for people to see their GP.

Sunburn

Sunburn

Sunburn is damage caused to the skin by UV rays (sunshine).

The skin becomes red, warm, sore and tender. It may start to flake and peel after a few days, and will usually fully heal within 7 days.

Sunburn is usually mild and short-lived, but it’s important to try to avoid it because it can increase your risk of developing skin problems in later life, such as ageing (wrinkling) and skin cancer.

It can be easy to underestimate the strength of the sun when you’re outside. The wind and getting wet, such as going in and out of the sea, may cool your skin, so you don’t realise you’re getting burnt.

You should always be aware of the risk of sunburn if you’re outside in strong sunshine, and look out for your skin getting hot.

Stop Smoking

Cigarette smoking is the greatest single cause of illness and premature death in the UK. It can also significantly impact your family’s health and wellbeing.

Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do for your health – the benefits go far beyond your lungs and your wallet. But that doesn’t make it easy. Many smokers don’t know where to begin their quit journeys. There isn’t one right way to start but getting prepared and knowing what to expect can make things easier. It is never too late to quit smoking.

The best way to quit smoking for good is with expert help from your local stop smoking service, together with aids such as e-cigarettes or nicotine replacement in patch, gum, mouth spray or inhalator form.

Stop smoking services are free, friendly and can hugely increase your chances of stubbing out the habit for good.

For more information on local stop smoking services, click on the link to help you quit for good.

If you would like to try stop smoking by yourself, small changes to your lifestyle may help you resist the temptation. Click on the link by NHS England for some more information on 10 self-help tips to stop smoking.

You can also download the NHS Smokefree app to track your progress, see how much you’re saving, get daily support and much more.

Optician Services

Optician Services

If you are having problems with your eyes, visiting an optician is the best place to start.

Optometrists are highly trained to recognise abnormalities and conditions that could be causing your eye problems. They will prescribe and fit glasses and contact lenses, and, if necessary, they will refer you to a GP or a hospital eye clinic for further investigations.

Selection of glasses