Dealing with Illness on your Wedding Day

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Dealing with Illness on your Wedding Day

Here are our tips on dealing with illness on your wedding day.

Lucie Tobin

Lucie Tobin

Health & Beauty Magazine Online Editor

Published January 2009

Feeling sick needn't stop you having the wedding of your dreams. Boots pharmacist Angela Chalmers offers expert advice for the most common big-day illnesses.

The problem: Cold sores

Angela advises: 'Planning a wedding can leave you stressed out and run down, which is the perfect breeding ground for the normally dormant cold sore virus to flare up. As soon as you get that telltale tingle, apply an over-the-counter anti-viral cream to the cold sore five times a day until it clears up. To avoid spreading the infection, wash your hands after touching the infected area and also try to keep kissing to a minimum.'

Consider the following...
Try using a Compeed Cold Sore Patch. You can apply it under make-up and still look fab in your wedding photos. Always read the label.

The problem: Period pains

Angela advises: 'You can't prevent period pains on your wedding day, but you can keep them under control. Gentle exercise such as walking stimulates endorphin production, which can help your body deal with period pains more effectively. Avoid food high in salt and caffeine as they can make you feel more irritable and bloated. On your wedding day take an ibuprofen or an aspirin to treat the pain. Or if you only suffer from mild pains, then a hot water bottle, heat pad or bath will help.'

Consider the following...
The smell of lavender in the Jointace Deep Aromatherapy Patch helps to soothe cramps for up to 12 hours.

The problem: Asthma attacks

Angela advises: 'Emotionally stressful events such as weddings can make your asthma symptoms worse, so it's important not get too stressed. Avoid dust and smoky areas, as these can increase your risk of an asthma attack. If you feel one coming on, use your preventer inhaler to reduce inflammation in the lungs.'

Consider the following...
Calm pre-wedding stress with Bach Rescue Remedy. The combination of flower extracts helps to restore inner calm. Always read the label.

The problem: Migraines

Angela advises: 'Stick to a healthy diet, drink plenty of fluids and get lots of sleep in the run up to your wedding, as all of these reduce your risk of a migraine attack. Food high in tyramine, such as chocolate, cheese or alcohol, can make your migraine worse. Take a soluble paracetamol at the first sign of an attack to numb the pain. If your migraine doesn't improve, contact your GP after your honeymoon, who may be able to prescribe preventative medication.'

Consider the following...
Get quick relief with Imigran Recovery. Not only does it get rid of tension headaches, but it also helps with nausea and light sensitivity.

The problem: IBS bloat

Angela advises: 'IBS is a collection of symptoms that includes constipation, diarrhoea, bloating and abdominal pain. Avoid anything too salty, fatty or spicy and eat lots of fruit. Don't skip breakfast on your wedding day. On the day, eat a light breakfast such as oats, as they're easy to digest. You could also try taking peppermint capsules or painkillers to help with any stomach cramps.'

Consider the following...
Stop stomach spasms ruining your wedding by taking a Buscopan IBS Relief tablet first thing. They're specially formulated to provide relief and relax your stomach muscles.

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Check out our Beating Wedding Day Nerves for tips on how to get through your big day stress- free.
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