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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Reset the clock with a full body detox

The point of detoxing is to clean your blood. It’s about resting, cleaning and nourishing the body from the inside out. A detox programme helps the body’s natural cleansing process by resting the organs through fasting; stimulating the liver to drive toxins from the body; promoting elimination through the intestines, kidneys and skin; improving circulation […]

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Gauging the temperature of fevers

A fever on its own isn’t normally dangerous. In fact mild fevers are actually quite common in young children and are simply the body’s way of fighting off infection. That said in the first few months of a baby’s life a fever should be taken seriously as their immune system is still developing and not […]

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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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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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