#TeenTips: All 13/14 year olds will now be offered a booster dose of the MENINGITIS vaccine starting this Summer... https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/223626/Improving_protection_against_meningitis_C_A5_leaflet.pdf …
#TeenTips: Around 1 in 10 young people self harm at some point. It's much more common than people think! We ALL need to talk about it.
#TeenTips: If you have unexplained & persistent: pain, a lump, weight loss, tiredness or a change in a mole - make sure you get checked!
#TeenTips: If you have hay fever, try showering if you've been outside for a long time to wash the pollen off/out of your hair!
#TeenTips: Hay fever season is round the corner - get some non-sedating antihistamines & stay indoors in peak times if possible!
#TeenTips: Guys, when you hit puberty it's normal to get some 'breast' development because of hormones - will get better with time.
#TeenTips: If you take the pill (for whatever reason) & you're getting bad headaches/migraines see doc ASAP as may need to stop/change.
#TeenTips: Excessive headaches (particularly in the morning) and vomiting? Best get checked by doc in case it's anything sinister.
#TeenTips: If you have diabetes, your blood sugar can be harder to control as you hit puberty. Watch it & don't forget the insulin!
#DrRanjTeenTips: Symptoms of testicular cancer include a painless lump, a dull ache, or feeling of heaviness in the scrotum.
#DrRanjTeenTips: Testicular cancer is uncommon but tends to affect young men - the outlook is good if caught early. Make sure you check!
#DrRanjTeenTips: STD's often have NO symptoms. If you are having sex make sure you get checked - it's free, easy & confidential!
#DrRanjTeenTips: If you are losing lots weight & not actually trying to do so you should see your doc for a check.
#DrRanjTeenTips: Did you know if you have OCD you can get help from your GP? Behavioural & medicine treatment can help - ask!
#DrRanjTeenTips: Seen blood in your poo? Likely innocent cause (like piles) or could be more serious (like inflammatory bowel disease).
#DrRanjTeenTips: You can do a simple, quick test for Chlamydia at home for free! http://freetest.me.uk/ #SexSmart
#DrRanjTeenTips: The HPV vaccine is the best form of defence we have against cervical cancer - make sure you get it!
#DrRanjTeenTips: Using sunbeds is illegal for under 18s - it's OK to fake it! Some great products: St. Tropez, Dove, Boots, Piz Buin, Soltan.
#DrRanjTeenTips: Marathon tips - to aid recovery make sure you warm down, drink plenty, have a carb-rich meal, and take a cold shower (reduces inflammation)!
#DrRanjTeenTips: Teen years are when you want to explore your sexuality... Be aware of STI's & stay safe - ALWAYS use protection.
#DrRanjTeenTips: Do you get more headaches in hot weather? Might be because you're getting dehydrated - drinking more will help.
#DrRanjTeenTips: Losing weight is something that should be done slowly, sensibly & sustainably. It's all about calorie input & output.
#DrRanjTeenTips: If you have asthma use your brown inhaler regularly when you get a cold/hay fever. Use the blue on when you need it.
#DrRanjTeenTips: The appendix is an evolutionary remnant from our herbivore days - doesn't really serve a purpose anymore but can cause trouble!
#DrRanjTeenTips: Revising for exams? Make sure you get plenty of sleep in the few days up to your exam - will help you remember stuff!
#DrRanjTeenTips: Keep getting headaches at school? Make sure you get your eyes tested - you might need glasses.
#DrRanjTeenTips: Rather than last-minute cramming, take some time to relax & sort your thoughts before the exam.
#DrRanjTeenTips: Eat complex carbs and stay hydrated before the exam to get your brain working at it's best. Have some chocolate too!
#DrRanjTeenTips: Complex carbs include grain, oats, brain, driend fruit, cereal, brown rice, beans etc. Make sure you have plenty of water too.
#DrRanjTeenTips: Get plenty of sleep in the days running up to the exam to help your brain sort & store information.
#DrRanjTeenTips: Read through the whole exam paper at the start - helps you plan your time & your brain will think ahead without you knowing.
#DrRanjTeenTips: Depression symptoms include low mood, loss of interest, poor sleep, appetite changes, sleep disturbance and substance abuse.
#DrRanjTeenTips: There is help available if you think you might have depression - it can be treated with talk therapy and medicines.
#DrRanjTeenTips: You may feel it but you are NEVER alone in your depression - just ask for help (ask your GP or give @YoungMindsUK a shout).
#DrRanjTeenTips: Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed STI in the UK - it affects both men and women - most people have no symptoms.
#DrRanjTeenTips: You can now do a quick urine test for chlamydia yourself - it's completely confidential & you don't have to be examined.
#DrRanjTeenTips: Untreated chlamydia can cause serious eye infections in newborn babies - if you are pregnant & worried ask for a test.
#DrRanjTeenTips: Deliberate self harm is a recognised medical problem and deserves to be taken seriously - don't be afraid to ask for help.
#DrRanjTeenTips: The pill is over 99% effective in preventing unwanted pregnancies but will not prevent STI's - condoms help do both.
#DrRanjTeenTips: Pill can also be used for period problems, endometriosis & acne - but isn't suitable for everyone & can have side-effects.
#DrRanjTeenTips: Severe diarrhoes will also reduce the effectiveness of the pill - make sure you use additional protection.
#DrRanjTeenTips: Did you know that donating bone marrow can now be as simple as just having a blood test? http://www.anthonynolan.org.
#DrRanjTeenTips: Looking after yourself is SO important in diabetes - otherwise it can damage your eyes, heart & kidneys.
#DrRanjTeenTips: DKA is a serious complication of diabetes & is potentially fatal - prevent it by making sure you take your insulin properly.