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Delving into the skin

Chairpersons for the conference – Sisters Delena Cloete and Lynne Kennedy. Skin is the largest organ of the body so it’s no wonder that psoriasis, blistering, wound care and eczema are encountered on a daily basis by those in the medical fraternity. Nurses from clinics across South Africa gathered at Wanderers Club in Johannesburg on […]

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September profile – Embrace opportunities

Name & surname: Khadija Qamar Pharmacy: Ashley Ave pharmacy Job title: Pharmacist assistant Age: 32 1.       Where did you grow up? Johannesburg 2.       Who inspires you and why? Nelson Mandela, his humility, perseverance and forgiveness. I also have a wonderful friend Venetia who I look up to. She always keeps me motivated. 3.       What do […]

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Round worms in children

“With any treatment it is vitally important that the whole course is completed and no doses are skipped.” – OTC consultant Peggy Kgasoane (Dis-Chem Randridge Mall). Although irritating and downright unpleasant, most worms are fairly harmless and reasonably easy to get rid of. Worms are parasites that after entering the human body live and feed […]

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Eye care myths you probably believed

Your eyes are windows to the world, but many of us aren’t blessed with 20/20 vision. Even so, you can take your blinkers off when it comes to eye care, especially during September, Eye care Awareness Month. These are some of the myths about eye care: MYTH: Reading in dim light is bad for you […]

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Getting to grips with gout

“To best serve the customer you shouldn’t just accept their self diagnosis. It is your responsibility to make an accurate diagnosis.” – Locum pharmacist Rudolph Mathode. Gout is a common form of arthritis characterised by recurrent attacks of extreme pain, swelling and redness. More susceptible to gout than women, it is generally more common for […]

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Alleviating eye allergies

Eye allergy symptoms can be very annoying. However, other than temporary blurriness, they pose little threat to eyesight. Most people suffer from eye allergies (allergic conjunctivitis) when their eyes come into contact with an allergen – a substance which makes the body’s immune system overreact even though it may in actual fact be harmless. Dust, […]

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Fighting cold sores with lysine and arginine

In spite of extensive research scientists have yet to discover a cure for the herpes simplex virus (HSV), or cold sores as they are more commonly know. A year-round annoyance, cold sores tend to run rampant during winter. This is simply because the virus lies dormant in the body waiting for the immune system to […]

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Diagnosing a dry cough

When a customer complains of a cough be sure to discuss their symptoms to ascertain whether they’re suffering from a dry (non-productive) or wet (productive) cough before suggesting treatment options. According to the Harvard Medical School, “The cough is actually a vital player in the body’s defence against disease. Coughing expels mucus, microbes, and foreign […]

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What to have in your medicine cabinet in the winter time

As the seasons change and the temperature drops you will notice the increase in requests you receive to treat the common cold and flu. Complaints of sore throats, coughs and fever are on the rise and customers will turn to their local front shop or pharmacist assistant for advice on which over-the-counter (OTC) medicines to […]

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Probiotics: The ‘good’ bacteria

“You might be surprised to discover that about 80% of the immune system sits in the gut,” says front shop assistant Juanita Peel (Keith’s Linden Pharmacy). “The digestive system is home to hundreds of different types of bacteria. They help keep the intestines healthy and assist in digesting food. They are also believed to help […]

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