Packing in your holiday first aid kit

When your customers are heading off for a much deserved holiday with the family it is important to remind them that a fever, mild burn or car sickness can quickly RUIN the getaway. Mom’s will attest to the fact that their children always seem to get sick or injure themselves at the most inopportune time […]

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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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The common cold in children and babies

The common cold is simply a contagious viral infection of the upper respiratory tract resulting in sneezing, possibly accompanied by a cough or sore throat. There is no cure for a cold however although antibiotics are of no use there are some treatments that may ease the symptoms. That said special care must always be […]

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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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Don’t let diarrhoea in children run away from you

For most children, diarrhoea will usually be quite mild and get better within a few days. The important thing is to ensure they drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. It is very common for children to contract diarrhoea from time to time which will clear up in a matter of days. Generally caused by […]

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Sinus attack!

Sinusitis usually starts with inflammation triggered by a cold, allergy attack, or irritant. But it may not end there. Colds, allergies, and irritants make sinus tissues swell. MedlinePlus encyclopaedia defines sinusitis as inflammation of the sinuses which occurs as the result of an infection from a virus, bacteria, or fungus. The sinuses are air-filled cavities […]

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Tobacco’s choke hold on the world

World No Tobacco Day takes place around the world every year on 31 May. In an aim to draw global attention to the use and negative health effects of tobacco, people around the world are encouraged to abstain from all forms of tobacco for a 24-hour period. The benefits to smoking cessation are immeasurable. In […]

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Sore throats – All choked up and breathing fire?

With winter knocking on the door it is almost inevitable that one morning soon you will wake up with a dry, scratchy throat and find it painful to swallow? While rarely serious pharyngitis, or a sore throat as it is more commonly known, can be very unpleasant. Fortunately there are a number of home and […]

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Hairloss – Getting to the root of the problem

Hair loss or baldness (technically known as alopecia) is a loss of hair from the head or body. Unfortunately as people age, their rate of hair growth slows down. The first signs of hair thinning that people will often notice are more hairs than usual left in the hairbrush after brushing or in the basin […]

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How to have a safe and happy pregnancy

Pregnancy can be a wonderfully exciting time for a woman, but it can also be fraught with concerns over what to eat and drink and what to avoid, what vitamins and herbs are safe and which aren’t.  There is a wealth of information available to her and trying to sift through it all can be […]

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Winter ailments

Article reviewed by Kunji Garrine, Bpharm (Wits) As the cold fingers of Autumn tighten their grip into Winter, it’s time again to face the spectre of winter ailments: colds, coughs, sore throats and influenza. What can we do to ward off these nasty hangers-on to the winter months? Some symptoms and treatments are highlighted below. […]

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Stress: What is it and how should it be treated

What is stress? Stress is an unavoidable part of life.  It can be defined simply as forces from the inside or outside world affecting the individual. Because of the overabundance of stress in our modern lives, we usually think of stress as a negative experience, but from a biological point of view, stress can be […]

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Making sense of Vitamin C

What is Vitamin C? Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for humans and certain other animal species. Vitamin C refers to a number of “vitamers” that have vitamin C activity in animals, including ascorbic acid and its salts.  Put another way, ascorbic acid is one form (vitamer) of vitamin C. Different brands Vitamin C is […]

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Capsules or tablets?

Patients arriving at the pharmacy to purchase a pain killer or vitamin supplement are bombarded with the number of choices that await them, and then they also have to decide whether to choose the tablet or capsule form. Tablets are produced by compressing the ingredients under great pressure using either a centrifuge or a high […]

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