Stretch marks and how to treat them

Understanding how stretch marks are caused will help you assist customers in treating them. Stretch marks, also called striae, are narrow, streak-like depressions of the skin that form in areas of dermal damage produced by stretching of the skin. Pregnancy as well as putting on lots of weight and diets that cause the weight to […]

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Soothing nappy rash

Nappy rash is common in babies and something that all parents will face at one point or another. While it can be uncomfortable and painful enough to make a baby irritable, nappy rash is fairly easy to treat and with the correct preventative measures can be almost entirely avoided. Particularly common in babies between 9-12 […]

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Magnesium: A miracle mineral

Magnesium is required for over 300 enzyme systems and is critical for cells to make energy, for many different chemical pumps to work, to stabilise membranes, and to help muscles relax. Found in all its tissues (mainly in bones, muscles, and the brain) magnesium is without a doubt crucial to the body’s functioning. According to […]

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Cut the risk of HPV-related diseases for the whole family

The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) can put the health of both men and women at risk, says Dr Trudy Smith, Johannesburg-based gynaecologist and obstetrician. Cervical, anal and penile cancers, along with genital warts are but some of the nasty diseases one can contract from the hardy and easily transmittable virus she says. HPV is a very […]

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Treating swimmer’s ear

Spring is here and along with the warmer weather otitis externa is sure to rise as customers take to their swimming pools. Otitis externa (also known as external otitis and swimmer’s ear) is an inflammation of the outer ear and ear canal. The main goals of treatment are to control pain, cure infection and prevent […]

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Boost brain power ahead of exams

Its exam time again which means you may encounter more moms asking for assistance in choosing safe supplements for their children to take to aid in concentration, memory, focus and improving their all-round brain energy. While there is no miracle drug or supplement that can guarantee they’ll pass their exams, the right nootropics may improve […]

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Diabetes: Why is the self-monitoring of blood glucose so important?

How often have you seen customers come in to the store with diaries containing random numbers in an often illegible way? On closer inspection, you aren’t sure whether the numbers are dates, time or actual blood glucose readings. When you are given a list of numbers (even when they are written neatly and in an […]

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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 you […]

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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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Rooting out hair removal options

As society has evolved hair removal has become increasingly popular with not only women but men too. When it comes to removing unwanted body hair at home men and women have the choice of depilation (the removal of the part of the hair above the surface of the skin) through shaving or chemical depilatories; or […]

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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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Tackling acne head-on

Thanks to medical research and developments many effective acne treatments exist today eradicating the need for anyone to live with acne. Given that acne indiscriminately affects people of every age, race and sex across the world it’s no surprise you will regularly face customers hoping for an overnight miracle cure. Unfortunately in spite of claims […]

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Indoor allergies

Allergies are an overreaction of the immune system to foreign substances like pollen, dust and pet dander that should otherwise be innocuous. It is a common misconception that allergies are only really a problem during spring and summer. While hay fever may be less prevalent during winter, if you suffer from indoor allergies then you […]

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Product comparison – Probiotics

Product: GastroChoice™ Probiotic. GastroChoice™ is a unique combination of probiotics (25.5 billion CFU at time of manufacture), digestive enzymes and a mucosal protector to restore the body’s natural flora balance and boost intestinal health. Indication: Helps in restoring the balance of natural flora in conditions such as diarrhoea, traveller’s diarrhoea and antibiotic associated diarrhoea. Description: […]

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Frontshop training: Digestive health and Immo-Gut

Michelle Howard (Atka Pharma), Dr B Naidoo and Aldon Naidoo (Atka Pharma). A special thank you to the Atka Pharma team whose hard work and dedication ensured July’s training was a resounding success. Frontshop Training Academy in association with UPD welcomed readers in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban for training sponsored by Atka Pharma in […]

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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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Cough: Treat the cause not just the symptom

Understanding the different types of cough will assist you in advising customers correctly. A cough, which is one of the most common symptoms of childhood illness, can be rather distressing to a parent but coughing is an important and healthy reflex protecting the airways in the throat and chest. Although it may sound dreadful it […]

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