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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
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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.

 

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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.

Children and Young Persons Mental Health Advice Line Information Poster

Children and Young Persons Mental Health Advice Line Information Leaflet

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dental Services

Dental Services

Everyone should be able to access good-quality NHS dental services. There is no need to register with a dentist in the same way as with a GP because you are not bound to a catchment area.

Woman having a check-up at the dentist
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Drink Less

Drink Less

It’s one thing to enjoy a drink to unwind at the end of a long day.

But when that turns into two or three every night, you can end up drinking too much without even realising.

That can affect your body in all sorts of ways – putting on weight, disturbing your sleep and increasing your chances of developing high blood pressure, liver problems, heart attack and some types of cancer.

It’s easy to reduce those risks, with some help.

Two glasses of wine
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Sprains and Strains

Sprains and Strains

Sprains and strains are common injuries affecting the muscles and ligaments. Most can be treated at home without seeing a GP.

Its likely to be a sprain or strain if:

  • you have pain, tenderness or weakness – often around your ankle, foot, wrist, thumb, knee, leg or back
  • the injured area is swollen or bruised
  • you can’t put weight on the injury or use it normally

you have muscle spasms or cramping – where your muscles painfully tighten on their own

Physio on an foot ligament