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Wellness & You

The Wellness Centre believes that health is not just about physical health. Health can be defined as physical, mental, and social wellbeing, and as a resource for living a full life.

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Financial & Family

Every now and again our lives become a little bumpy. Whether it be a family issue or problems with finances, we know the impact on emotional, physical and mental health can be severe.

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Work Life

Work-related issues no matter how small can have a huge impact on health as a whole. Physical and emotional impact often comes hand in hand and before long, you find yourself unable to cope.

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Physical Health

Physical health is defined as the condition of your body, taking into consideration everything from the absence of disease to fitness level.

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Mental Health

What exactly is Mental Health? The World Health Organisation described mental health as an integral and essential component of health.

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We have a wide range of helpful videos and external resources to help you with your mental and well-being journey.

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Post-Natal Depression

Affects the whole family...

At the Wellness Centre, we understand how scary post-natal depression can be. Many people believe that post-natal depression only affects the mum but in fact it affects the whole family. 

“I remember when our son was born – I no longer recognised my wife. She because withdrawn, aggressive, angry, sad. There were so many emotions and I had not idea how to help her and kept thinking everything was my fault”. 

“Post-Natal depression (PND) usually starts soon after birth but all too often it creeps up on you in the months that follow to. There are two different conditions and it is important not to mix them up. 

‘baby blues’ this is a time when you become more tearful and is usually very brief. It affects at least half of all new mums and particularly affects first time mums. 

Post Natal Depression. With post-natal depression, there are feelings of worthlessness and inadequacy and this can often lead to mum having little or no interest in the child. 

“Remembering my own children’s birth, I felt very detached from my them. Everyone blamed a difficult labour, but it wasn’t until I threw a large pot at my husband that I suddenly realised I was suffering from PND” 

“Looking back now, I recognise so many of the symptoms which I told myself I did not have”

  • low mood 
  • constant exhaustion 
  • inability to cope 
  • overwhelming anxiety 
  • difficulty sleeping 
  • lack of appetite 
  • difficulties bonding with the baby 
  • relationship difficulties with the partner 
  • low energy 
  • low sex drive 
  • social withdrawal (from family and friends) 
  • crying for no reason 

There are no definite causes for Post Natal Depression. Some experts believe this is due to hormonal changed during pregnancy whilst others believe this could be due to social factors, other children or even genetics. What we do know is that the change can happen slowly or hit you like a brick. Many women do not know they have the illness and many partners care so deeply they do not wish to open this conversation up with their loved one. Too many of us feel at this happy time, we should not be sad or angry. These feelings of disillusionment only compound our anxiety and make new mothers feel even more of a failure. 

Treatment is there and it is waiting for you. 

Post Natal Depression is treatable. Now more than ever as a new mum, you need to reach out and open up to your midwife, health visitor, partner, parent, or friend.  AT the Wellness Centre, we guarantee that at least 1 in every 10  women have felt the way you are feeling right now and they too have told themselves they cannot ask for help, they are a failure, why me, where did I go wrong. 

The simple answer is you did nothing wrong but did everything right. You have a beautiful amazing child surrounded by the love of a parent who wants to do the very best for them. There are many treatments available including counselling, talking therapies, support groups and medication. You can make a full recovery from Post Natal Depression. 

If you are concerned about post-natal depression or you are close to someone you think may have this then take those first steps to becoming a happier, healthier you and the parent you are destined to be.

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Suicide

Reach Out

At the Wellness Centre, we know that reaching the point of suicide is heart wrenching.  It does not mean you want to die and sometimes it is the overwhelming feeling of simply not wanting to live. 

“When Sophie died, she left a suicide not saying she could not live without her mum and that this was the only way out – she had no idea the sadness she left behind”. 

In the UK there are over 6500 deaths to Suicide and with three quarters of them being men, now more than ever we are sending out the message that you are not alone.  There are thousands of people every day just like you, struggling just like you and having so many mixed emotions such like you. 

Many people live with suicidal thoughts for years.  Others do not want to die but they just find that living is too difficult and convenience themselves that they would be far better out of this world and the people around them would be far better without them.  STOP. This is so not true and if you could hear the thoughts of your loved ones afterwards you would realise just how much you mean to them no matter. 

“Mike struggled for years with mental health.  He lost family members and went through a difficult relationship and told himself the world would be a better place without him and that he was useless.  Mike if you could only hear me now, my response is you weren’t, you were always wanted, always needed and always loved. To those experiencing mental health issues, please remember that the void you leave behind is irreplaceable.  You have no idea who much we would rather you were here, warts and all”

There are dark days, days when things become overwhelming and you cannot get rid of those lonely, empty thoughts.  In those days, you can choose to keep yourself safe and happy and above you can change the way you deal with those thoughts. Reach out and seek help, talk to someone – there are so many avenues for help today.  Let your life be a legacy and not a statistic. 

Help is out there.

Samaritans – for everyone   https://www.samaritans.org/?nation=scotland
Call 116 123
Email jo@samaritans.org 

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – for men   https://www.thecalmzone.net/
Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day
Visit the webchat page   https://www.thecalmzone.net/help/webchat/

Papyrus – for people under 35   https://papyrus-uk.org/hopelineuk/
Call 0800 068 41 41 – Monday to Friday 9am to 10pm, weekends and bank holidays 2pm to 10pm
Text 07860 039967
Email pat@papyrus-uk.org

Childline – for children and young people under 19  https://www.childline.org.uk/
Call 0800 1111 – the number will not show up on your phone bill


Gambling & You

The Gambling Trap

At the Wellness Centre we recognise that no one deliberately falls into the gambling trap – it happens, and it is how we can help you move forward and break away from this. There are several resources in the public domain that can help you and your family to break the cycle.

Do not despair there is help out there from blocking sites to self-help. The links below will take you to well established, reputable supports to break your gambling cycle.

GamCareGordon Moody AssociationGamblers Anonymous UK

Do you have a Gambling Problem?

Answer the short questions below, giving yourself points as above to determine where you sit on the gambling scale.

  • Never – 0
  • Sometimes – 1
  • Most of the Time – 2
  • Always – 3

Do you bet more than you can afford to lose?

Do you need to gamble with larger amounts of money to get the same feeling?

Have you tried to win back money you have lost (chasing losses)?

Have you borrowed money or sold anything to get money to gamble?

Have you wondered whether you have a problem with gambling?

Has your gambling caused you any health problems, including feelings of stress or anxiety?

Have other people criticised your betting or told you that you had a gambling problem (regardless of whether you thought it was true)?

Has your gambling caused any financial problems for you or your household?

Have you ever felt guilty about the way you gamble or what happens when you gamble?

Total Score: If your total score is 8 or higher, you may be a problem gambler

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Self Help & Affected by Gambling

Self-help tips

Do:

  • pay important bills, such as your mortgage, on payday before you gamble
  • spend more time with family and friends who do not gamble
  • deal with your debts rather than ignoring them 

Do not:

  • view gambling as a way to make money – try to see it as entertainment instead
  • bottle up your worries about your gambling – talk to someone
  • take credit cards with you when you go gambling

If you are affected by someone’s gambling

If you are having problems because of another person’s gambling, it is best to be honest with them about it. They need to know how their behaviour is affecting you.

Support is also available to people who are worried about someone else’s gambling.

Gamblers Anonymous UKGamCare

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Financial Calculators

At the Wellington Wellness Centre our aim is to provide you with the best possible information available.  We align ourselves very close to businesses who believe like us that everyone should be able to live a long and happy life and with as little difficulty as possible. 

We have investigated many sites offering free impartial advice and many companies who promise you the earth and deliver nothing.  That’s why we have chosen the Money Advice Service both in the Republic and Ireland and the UK as an external financial service.  The Money Advice Service has a host of excellent tools which can all be accessed free of charge on the links below.  They offer free and impartial advice to anyone.


Depression

Understanding Depression

Depression is a complex condition and varies from person to person.   If you can imagine how unique we are as individuals including our circumstances, our body chemistry, and our life experiences, what affects one person may not necessarily affect another.  Depression is a condition that varies in degrees and the longer it lasts, the worse it tends to affect you.   If you imagine, depression is almost like greater a situation where you feel trapped and its often described as like walking through quick sand and no matter how hard you try, you cannot reach you feel you cannot reach your end goal.

Symptoms of Depression

Emotional / Mental / Physical  

If someone suddenly begins to act differently around you then stop and ask yourself are they depressed.  Or it might be you.  You are suddenly feeling lonely, isolated, and unable to talk to people.  The slightest things irritate and grate on you. 

Recognising the signs of depression are the first key to resolving depression. 

Common signs of depression including: 

  • Concentration issues 
  • Irrational behaviour
  • Lonely empty days
  • Poor motivation for life and activities 
  • Poor sleep pattern
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Weight loss or gain 
  • Withdrawing from your friends, your family and society

Causes of Depression

Depression can hit anyone of us and there can be small or large triggers to this.  Sometimes we can battle through but other times, we need to stop and seek help.  Many factors can cause depression including:

  • Addictions 
  • Bereavement
  • Divorce
  • Ill health 
  • Financial Worries
  • Redundancy 
  • Unemployment

Diagnosing Depression

To effectively diagnose and treat depression, the doctor must hear about specific symptoms of depression.  Some doctors use a series of questions to screen for depression or others simply ask the individual to open up and speak about what is going on in their lives.  

This can include their daily mood, behaviour, actions, and lifestyle habits including a change in routine. 

It can often be difficult to make a firm diagnosis of depression and this is due to the clinical manifestations of the condition.  What this means in layman’s terms is that one person can manifest depression by withdrawing from society whereas someone else can be irritable, agitated and their behaviours can be exaggerated.

Treatment for Depression

Depending on the severity of the depression, your GP may offer practical advice or more invasive treatment. 

Practical advice may include a change in diet, lifestyle, and daily habits. 

Invasive treatments can include medication, talking therapies such as CBT or face to face counselling. 

The Wellington Wellness offers a wide range of mental health services and can help you not matter where you are in the UK.

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Mental Health Disorders

Anxiety

People with anxiety disorders respond to certain objects or situations with fear and dread, as well as with physical signs of anxiety or panic, such as a rapid heartbeat and sweating.  A diagnosis is made when a person’s response to a situation is not appropriate and they cannot control their response.  There is also the added concern that their anxiety interferes with their everyday normal functioning. 

There are five major types of anxiety disorder:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Disorder. 
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 

An obsession is an unwanted thought or image that intrudes on our life. It is behaviours that an individual feel compelled to do in the hope that their anxiety or stress will be alleviated. These behaviours may include:

  • Obsessively cleaning
  • Continually checking something is open or closed
  • Arranging items over and over again 

Some of these behaviours are visible whereas others are mental behaviours including concerns over contamination, cleanliness, and order.  Individuals often experience a variety of obsessions and compulsions.  Many people who suffer from OCD do recognise that their actions are not rational. That said, they cannot control this and have a real sense of urgency to perform repetitive behaviours and compulsions.  

People who suffer from OCD often spend hours every day focussing on a particular obsession or one task and see this as a ritual to ease their anxiety. OCD left untreated can affect every part of your life. 

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Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is the term used to describe when panic attacks are recurrent and disabling. Panic disorder can be characterised by:

  • The presence of recurring and unexpected (‘out of the blue’) panic attacks.
  • Worrying for a period of over a few weeks after having a panic attack that you will have another one.
  • Continually worrying about the implications of panic attacks.  Some people believe that their panic attacks are hiding an under lying medical condition.  People who suffer panic attacks often undergo batteries of tests to convince themselves they are unwell when in truth it is the fear of being unwell that is overwhelming them. 

Panic attacks usually peak at around 10 minutes and can last up to half an hour.  You suddenly become overwhelmed and have difficulty in breathing.  They can occur several times a day or not for a few months – there is no definite reason for this.  Some people experience panic attacks at night.  Many adults will experience a panic attack at least once in their life this is a common phenomenon and is not a sign of you suffering from panic disorder.

Symptoms & Treatments

Symptoms of a Panic Attack

  • Chest tightness or pain in the chest 
  • Feeling unable to breath or that you are choking. 
  • Feeling faint or dizzy
  • Nausea 
  • Numbness or pins and needles 
  • Palpitations: a pounding heartbeat which can be felt
  • Shaky limbs 
  • Sweating
  • Nausea

How to treat a panic attack at home. 

  1. Stay where you are.  If you are out driving then pull over and wait until the panic attack has subsided.  It will pass and you need to be patient. 
  2. Control your breathing.   Try to slow down your breathing which will hep to prevent the physical symptoms such as nausea. 
  3. Learning to positive coping measures.   Tell yourself, this is not panic, I am just more anxious than usual – this will pass.  Remind yourself, you have got through this before and you will get through this again. 
  4. Shift your focus to something else.  Try to find something positive to think about, whether it be something or someone at home. 
  5. Challenge unhelpful thoughts.  Do not allow your panic attack to define you. Stop and challenge what is going on in your mind.  Remember it will pass and your thoughts are simply your mind working overtime.  

Panic attacks usually peak at around 10 minutes and can last up to half an hour.  You suddenly become overwhelmed and have difficulty in breathing.  They can occur several times a day or not for a few months – there is no definite reason for this.  Some people experience panic attacks at night.  Many adults will experience a panic attack at least once in their life this is a common phenomenon and is not a sign of you suffering from panic disorder.

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): PTSD is a condition that can develop as a result of a terrifying or traumatic event.  There are many causes of PTSD including sexual or physical assault, a close bereavement, natural disaster, military combat, and industrial accidents.  PTSD can give rise to terrifying and incomprehensible thoughts and memories and people who suffer from PTSD can experience emotional numbness.  For the most part, a person who experiences PTSD has seen or experienced an incident or event first-hand.

Symptoms & Treatments

Symptoms

PTSD Symptoms change from person to person and circumstance to circumstance.  Below are just a few common symptoms of PTSD.

  • Anxiety and physical distress 
  • Avoiding everything related to the trauma including people and surroundings. 
  • Being constantly on guard and at edge. 
  • Blocking out the important details of the trauma. 
  • Feeling detached from others and blocking out your emotions. 
  • Losing interest in things that you once took great enjoyment from. 
  • Overwhelming feeling that the trauma will recur. 
  • Upsetting images or dreams related to the even.

Treatment 

  • In order for a diagnosis of PTSD, the symptoms must last longer than a month.  Once diagnosis is made, it is important to remember that there is no quick fix but there is a fix.  It is there and available in many forms and the most readily available are:
  • Medication including anti-anxiety, mood stabilisers and anti-depressant medication can be prescribed to ease the symptoms of PTSD. 
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy which used properly can help to change negative thinking.

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Social Phobia 

Social phobia is a type of anxiety disorder. People with social phobia experience persistent anxiety with social or performance situations.  They become anxious in situations where they feel they are under scrutiny or will be judged by others.  Fears including being judged, criticized, or ridiculed come to the fore when you suffer from social anxiety disorder. 

In many cases, social phobia begins in childhood and manifests itself in intense shyness.  This progresses during adolescence and the onset of social phobia usually occurs around 11-15 years of age.

Symptoms & Treatments

Symptoms

  • Symptoms including 
  • Accelerated heart rate
  • Blushing
  • Feeling faint or nauseated
  • Irrational thoughts
  • Negative thoughts 
  • Self-doubt
  • Wanting to run away from a situation.

Diagnosis is identified through symptoms and a thorough consultation with your family doctor.

Treatment 

Recovery from social phobia is possible with appropriate treatment. Depending on the individual, treatment options may include:

  • Anxiety management
  • cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)
  • medication including mood stabilisers and anti-depressants
  • social skills training

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Mental Health

Good Mental Health

At the Wellness Centre, we know how important it is to have good mental health.  But what exactly is Mental Health.  The World Health Organisation described mental health as an integral and essential component of health. 

The WHO constitution states: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” An important implication of this definition is that mental health is more than just the absence of mental disorders or disabilities.

In layman’s terms this meant that good mental health is where an individual is able to realise their own abilities and can cope with everyday stresses of life.  Good mental health is a fundamental right to all but how do we achieve it.   In order to fully understand mental health, we need to take a holistic approach to our own health and understand that there are many factors which make up good mental health.

Mental Health Factors

As you can see there are many factors which define our mental health including social, psychological, and biological.  To understand mental health a bit better, we use a mental health continuum or range to define where someone sits at any one time.  Remember mental health is fluid, one day we can be fine and then next day something can happen that shakes us to the core.

The Mental Health Spectrum

At the blue end of the continuum, people are well, showing resilience and high levels of wellbeing. Moving into the green/yellow area, people may start to have difficulty coping. In the orange area, people have more difficulty coping and symptoms may increase in severity and frequency. At the red end of the continuum, people are likely to be experiencing severe symptoms and may be at risk of self-harm or suicide.

Mental health is about the whole package, in other words it is about our whole body and mind, cognitively, socially, physically, and mentally including the way we think about life, how we develop through life and how we face life’s challenges.

Poor mental health is often associated with a rapid change in one’s life.  At this time, people find it difficult to cope with the trauma they are experiencing, and this can be anything from abusive neighbours, bereavement to violence.  

This site has lots of information and coping strategies as well as links to help you cope and keep your mind healthy.

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Work Illnesses

Occupational Illnesses

At the Wellness Centre, we know how difficult it can be when you suddenly become ill. If it is a workplace illness then this adds to more stress and the thought that if you seek help, you may lose your job or be looked upon differently. 

Our Partners Ayrshire Medical Services www.ayrshiremedical.co.uk, are experts in the field of Occupational Health and they have provided information on the main occupational health illnesses in the work place. 

What is an Occupational Illness?

In simple terms it is a chronic condition which is brought on by continued exposure and is typically over a long period of time. These activities are usually identified as workplace activities or workplace hazards. In 2018/19 over 1.4 million people reported new or long-standing occupational illnesses. 

The nature of occupational illnesses is such that they can go undetected for a long time which makes the connection between cause and effect not immediately obvious. Often by the time someone has noticed an issue, they may require extensive treatment, or the damage could be permanent. Our Specialists at AMS carry out a wide range of health surveillance to ensure you as an employee and your employer is doing everything they can to limit your exposure.

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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is permanent and irreversible. In the UK alone around 3% of compensation claims are directly related to NIHL. 

The Health and Safety Executive estimate around 2 million people exposed to dangerous levels of noise at work. Did you know that NIHL accounts for the second highest percentage of occupational health insurance claims: 75%?

What are the Symptoms?
Struggling to hear people talking who are just a few feet away from you. Other symptoms include a feeling of ‘fullness’ in the ears after exiting a noisy area. Other individuals may suffer from tinnitus which is a constant or intermittent ringing in your ears.

How Do I Prevent It?
NIHL like many other occupational health exposures comes on gradually. Sadly, it is difficult to catch it before the damage is done. But what can you do to help yourself?

  • Ensure your company has a robust hearing surveillance programme
  • Wear appropriately fitted hearing protection.
  • Follow all appropriate measures and controls your company has put in place to protect your hearing.

What is the Cause?
Sounds which exceed 85 decibels resulting in prolonged exposure will cause permanent hearing loss. Remember even working with hand tools which can emit exposures as high as 95 decibels can cause damage and this is why it is essential that PPE is worn at all times and that ear defenders or plugs are fitted properly and the seal works to an adequate level.

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Stress and Mental Ill Health

At the Wellness Centre, we understand how difficult workplace stress can be and the impact on both your mental and physical health. When demand exceeds capabilities, people often become overwhelmed to the point where they feel unable to cope resulting in a decline in mental health. 

Along with our own mental health counsellors, our specialist at Ayrshire Medical Services can carry out workplace assessments and deliver workshops to be meet your needs. Visit them at www.ayrshiremedical.co.uk  

How do I know if I am suffering from work related stress? 

This is a question we are often asks and there are a number of identifiable triggers that will  help you to work out if you are doing too much, feeling overwhelmed or just need to stop and take stock of your life. 

Remember Chronic Stress not only affects your work and overall health, it can also lead to depression. Depression is a much harder cycle to break and can lead to both physical and mental changes in you. 

  • Symptoms and Triggers
  • Agitation, moodiness, or negative feelings at work. 
  • Apathy and a lack of motivation 
  • Chest pain and tightness including panic attacks. 
  • Feeling sick or having a feeling of dread for work. 
  • Skin problems including stress eczema
  • Struggling to concentrate
  • Tiredness and feeling sluggish all or some of the time. 

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms then you should firstly speak to your line manager who should arrange for you to have an occupational health assessment to determine any measures or assistance that requires to be put in place to help you cope and adjust at work.

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Occupational Lung Disease

What is occupational lung disease?

Occupational lung disease is any lung condition you get at work. These include coal workers (black lung disease), asbestosis, silicosis and Farmers Lung also known as allergic alveolitis. Other conditions include occupational asthma, bronchitis, or emphysema. It occurs because of repeated exposure to certain toxins. You can even get a disease long after being exposed to those toxins.

Certain workplaces lend themselves to the disease and these include factories and plants with high amounts of toxins. These toxins can include asbestos, silica dust, smoke, fumes, gases, and other particles. 

Symptoms of occupational lung disease
Symptoms vary depending on your work setting. Smoking can worsen symptoms and that is why as health professionals we would always recommend you stop smoking or at least try to cut down.

Symptoms can be similar to those of a cold, the flu, or allergies. Other symptoms include:

  • Shortness of Breath
  • Chest Pain
  • Chest Tightness
  • Breathing Problems
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Persistent nagging cough

What causes occupational lung disease?
Many workplace substances can cause occupational lung disease and it is therefore essential you are your company carry out regular risk assessment and also have a robust health surveillance in place. Visit www.ayrshiremedical.co.uk for more information.

However common causes include:

  • Dust from things such as coal, asbestos, silica, talc, cereal, grains, drugs, and enzymes particles.
  • Fumes from metals that are heated and cooled quickly. This process results in fine, solid particles being carried in the air. Job examples include welding, smelting, furnace work, pottery making, plastics manufacturing, and rubber operations.
  • Smoke from burning materials. Smoke can contain a variety of particles, gases, and vapours. Firefighters are at an increased risk.
  • Gases such as formaldehyde, ammonia, chlorine, and nitrogen oxides.
  • Mists or sprays from paints, lacquers (such as varnish), hair spray, pesticides, cleaning products, acids, oils, and solvents (such as turpentine).

What can I do to prevent this condition?
Depending on your line of work, you might not be able to avoid occupational lung disease. You can try to limit exposure to reduce your risk of disease. Things you can do are:

  • Stop smoking.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Increase ventilation in work area.
  • Use a respirator. This is a device that covers your nose and mouth. It cleans the air before it enters your body. You should clean the respirator after each use.
  • Know and follow workplace safety precautions and first-aid processes.
  • Ensure you attend for regular health surveillance within your companies’ protocol

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Occupational Dermatitis

Dermatitis is a wide-spread occupational disease. Two common forms of dermatitis, normally seen in the workplace, are allergic dermatitis and contact (irritant) dermatitis. There are many agents that can trigger a dermatological reaction and these reactions can take the form of rashes, hives, or itchiness. 

Contact Dermatitis is the most common occupational condition and usually is a result of reactions to chemical solvents. Allergic dermatitis can be caused by substances such as pesticides or latex. Like many occupational health conditions, the condition may not manifest itself right away in some whereas others may develop irritation following immediate exposure. 

Contact dermatitis can often be distinguished from allergic dermatitis by its irregular skin configurations and by the fact that it is more likely to cause localized reactions such as itching and redness on the exposed skin. Contact dermatitis can be caused by a great number of substances including cleaning chemicals, nickel dust, adhesives, and epoxy resins.

Causes

Determining the specific causes can be difficult as many people have very sensitive skin. Where some chemical substances or materials can cause reactions, likewise, can food such as nuts, chocolate, or fish. Sometimes additives in food can also cause reactions. If in doubt, you should always seek medical advice to determine your exposure and what you need to do next. 

Prevention

The most effective method of dealing with any type of dermatitis risk is through prevention. Our Partners at Ayrshire Medical can give you the best possible advice on reducing the risk and workplace testing. Visit them at www.ayrshiremedical.co.uk 

The second line of defence against dermatitis is the correct use of PPE. Wearing gloves, looking after your skin, and using appropriate barrier creams and moisturisers – all essential elements of dealing with prevention. 

If you do come into contact with an irritant, you should wash your hands immediately and use an antihistamine to reduce itch and inflammation. If symptoms worsen then seek medical advice.

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Occupational Health in the Workplace is essential to ensure the health and safety of employees and shows an ongoing commitment by employers to ensure the welfare of staff. 

Our partners Ayrshire Medical Services provide a UK wide Occupational Health Services including:

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