If you are travelling abroad you may need to take health precautions, so it’s important to get professional advice. Whether you are going long haul to Africa or taking a ferry to France, your local pharmacist can help you plan ahead to ensure you have a trouble-free trip. Some can even administer vaccinations against certain diseases.
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Asthma is a common long-term condition that can cause a cough, wheezing and breathlessness. In the UK, 5.4 million people are currently receiving treatment for asthma. That is one in every 12 adults and one in every 11 children. Asthma in adults is more common in women than men. The severity of the symptoms varies from person to person. Asthma can be controlled well in most people, most of the time.
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One in four of us will suffer from an allergy at some point in our lives, but fortunately only a small proportion will be life threatening. However with the number of sufferers increasing every year, it’s good to know where you can get informed advice on testing and treatment. The most common symptoms of allergic conditions like hayfever – brought on by plant pollens – are sneezing, itchy throat, red eyes and runny nose. These can be alleviated with a simple antihistamine bought over the counter from the chemist.
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Around 30 per cent of people in England have high blood pressure - but many don’t realise it. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is known as the “silent killer” because there are often no symptoms. Left untreated the condition increases your risk of a heart attack, stroke or kidney disease. Low blood pressure, or hypotension, on the other hand, usually does have symptoms.
There are over two million people with diabetes in Britain and another 750,000 who have yet to be diagnosed according to Diabetes UK. Your local pharmacist can offer help and advice on the condition, whether you’ve just been diagnosed or have been living with diabetes for years.
Obesity is a term used to describe somebody who is very overweight with a high degree of body fat. Most cases of obesity are caused by eating too much and moving too little. If you consume high amounts of energy from your diet but do not burn off the energy through exercise and physical activity, the surplus energy will be turned into fat.
Men tend to leave their health to chance – with shattering consequences. For many, the findings of the Department of Health’s ‘gender and access to health services’ (2008) study will not be a surprise, as it has long been established that men are less proactive about seeking out health advice and support than women.
If you smoke, giving up is probably the greatest single step you can take to improve your health. Smoking is responsible for one in every five deaths in adults aged over 35 in England, and half of all long-term smokers will die prematurely due to a smoking-related disease.
There are 15 different methods of contraception. The type that works best for you will depend on your health and your circumstances. Contraception is a personal issue, and finding the right method depends on many factors – including your age, your medical history, and how many sexual partners you’ve had – so what’s right for your friend may not be right for you.
Flu is a highly infectious and very common viral illness that is spread by coughs and sneezes. It's not the same as the common cold. Flu is caused by a different group of viruses and symptoms tend to be more severe and last for longer. You can stop yourself catching flu or spreading it to others by being careful with your hygiene or getting the flu vaccine. Flu jabs are now available at many local pharmacies.
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