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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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Losing weight with whey protein and fat burners

Getting to grips with the many sports nutrition products on the market can be a little daunting. Here we look at whey protein shakes and fat burner capsules. Before discussing any sports nutrition products it is vital to recognise and make clear to customers that sports supplements are not supposed to simply be used on […]

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Tackling dry eye syndrome

It is not always easy to diagnose and given the name “dry eye syndrome” you might be surprised to discover that in some cases it leads to excessive tearing. Dry eye syndrome (or dry eyes), is a term used to describe a group of different diseases and conditions affecting one or more components of the […]

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Cold versus flu: How to differentiate between the two?

Winter has arrived and with it blocked noses, coughing and fevers. But how do you tell the difference between a cold and flu (influenza)? The majority of the complaints you’re likely to receive from customers over the next few months will be linked to colds or flu so it’s imperative you are able to accurately […]

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Stop a wet cough in its tracks

It’s virtually impossible to go anywhere at this time of year without encountering someone suffering from a cough. The trick is being able to correctly tell the difference between a wet and dry cough and then recommending the appropriate treatment. Coughs are very common in winter but rather than being a disease themselves they are […]

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Vitamin B can be quite complex

Unlike vitamins A, C, D, E and K, vitamin B can be subdivided into eight different vitamins essential for growth, development, and a variety of other bodily functions. B vitamins are a group of water-soluble vitamins which play a major role in the activities of enzymes important in turning food into energy and other needed […]

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Unpacking the lifelong problem of cold sores

Most people suffer from the annoyance that is cold sores and, with no known cure; identifying a person’s triggers in an attempt to prevent fever blisters can prove invaluable. If prevention proves unsuccessful, over-the-counter (OTC) treatments play an important role in surviving the outbreak. Herpes labialis or oral herpes is a type of viral disease […]

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