• Zovirax cream for cold sores - review of use, effectiveness and alternative aciclovir creams
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    Zovirax Cream for cold sores | Aciclovir (acyclovir) cream

    Cold sores are a common viral infection caused by herpes simplex virus. Cold sores usually affect the area around the mouth (usually caused by the herpes simplex virus 1) or the genital area (usually caused by the herpes simplex virus 2). Cold sore can affect children and adults. Zovirax cream for cold sores can be purchased over the counter from pharmacies and supermarkets. Today I will review the use of Zovirax cream for cold sores. The following will be discussed: Symptoms of cold sores Availability of Zovirax cream (where to buy Zovirax cream from, where get the best deals for Zovirax cream) What is Zovirax cream? Restrictions on the use…

  • The best over the counter sleeping pills UK
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    Best Over the Counter Sleeping Pills UK

    Insomnia is a common sleep disorder, which is characterised by a difficulty in getting to sleep or maintaining the sleep (waking up at night or early in the morning). Sedative antihistamines can be used as a temporary aid to help with sleeping problems. In this post, I will review all over the counter sleeping pills (OTC) available in the UK. All of the non-prescription sleeping pills available in the UK contain sedative antihistamines. The following will be discussed: Review of sedative antihistamines used in over the counter sleeping products Common side effects of sedative antihistamines Tolerance and addiction to OTC sleeping products Who should not take over the counter sleeping…

  • Best sore throat lozenges - treatment summary
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    Top 10 sore throat lozenges | Sore throat treatment

    Sore throat is a common condition usually caused by a viral infection, and less commonly by a bacterial infection. A sore throat usually lasts about one week. It is a self-limiting condition meaning it goes on its own without treatment. There is no treatment for a sore throat caused by a viral infection. Even when a sore throat is caused by a bacterial infection, in most cases, patients will get better without antibiotic treatment (NICE, 2018). Customers can choose from a wide range of products to manage the symptoms of the sore throat, such as pain and inflammation (swelling). Sore throat lozenges are one of the most popular products used for…

  • Creams for thrush - treatment of vaginal thrush
    Women's health

    Best creams for thrush | Vaginal thrush treatment

    Thrush (also known as candidiasis) is a common condition affecting mainly women; however, men can also get it. Thrush infection may affect the vagina (or penis in men) or mouth (oral thrush). The focus of this post is the treatment of vaginal thrush with creams and combination products, which are available from the pharmacies (including online chemists), supermarkets and other online retailers. Fortunately, creams for thrush are available in pharmacies, and most patients can buy them without seeing a GP. The following will be discussed: Thrush definition and symptoms When to see GP Treatment recommendations Creams for thrush Combination products for the treatment of vaginal thrush Alternative treatments for vaginal…

  • Quinine for leg cramps and alternative options for leg cramps.

    Quinine for leg cramps | Alternative treatment options

    Leg cramps are defined as sudden, involuntary and painful muscle spasm, which usually affect calf, but may also affect foot or thigh (NICE, 2018). Leg cramps which happen at night (nocturnal leg cramps) are a common condition, with increased occurrence among the elderly population (ibid). This post summarises the use of quinine for leg cramps.  In summary, I will discuss the following:  causes and symptoms of leg cramps treatment recommendations for leg cramps – how leg cramps are treated in the NHS how to get quinine in the UK, effectiveness of quinine in the reduction of leg cramps quinine – possible side effects use of tonic water for leg cramps…

  • Best Gaviscon alternative products and drugs - summary
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    16 Best Gaviscon Alternative Products

    Gaviscon range of products is probably the most known brand of antacids in the UK. There are, however, several alternative products and drugs which can be used to help with symptoms of heartburn and indigestion. Today I will review 16 best Gaviscon alternative products and medicines. I will briefly discuss what Gaviscon is to get a better understanding of alternative treatments. I will also talk about: Gaviscon and other antacids mechanism of action   Gaviscon alternative products: antacids (liquid and chewable forms) Gaviscon alternative products: proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) Gaviscon alternative drugs: h2-receptor antagonists How Gaviscon and alternative antacids work? Gaviscon is a brand of products, commonly referred to as ‘antacids’…

  • Flu season 2020/2021: essential information for patients
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    12 facts you must know – FLU SEASON 2020/2021

    With just one month to go, flu season 2020/2021 is just around the corner. It is expected to be that demand for flu vaccination service will be high this year. NHS England has an ambitious target for the uptake in eligible patients groups of at least 75%. Additionally, eligibility criteria will be extended, for example, phased-out eligibility for free flu vaccination of those aged 50-64. It is expected to be the busiest season, and community pharmacies will play a vital role in providing flu vaccination service. This post is a summary of essential information about flu season 2020 and flu vaccination 2020/2021. This post will be updated regularly with any significant facts,…

  • The strongest over the counter steroid cream review
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    What is the STRONGEST over the counter steroid cream?

    Steroid cream (also known as corticosteroid cream) is a topical medication (applied to the skin) used as anti-inflammatory preparation used in the treatment of various skin conditions including irritant and contact dermatitis (sore, red and swollen skin), insect bites and mild to moderate eczema. In today’s post, I will review the strongest over the counter steroid cream: clobetasone cream (brand name: Eumovate Eczema % Dermatitis cream).