What is asthma

What is asthma

Asthma is a long-term lung condition that affects the airways - the breathing tubes that carry air into your lungs. People with asthma tend to have sensitive airways, which when triggered by things like smoke and cold weather, can 'flare-up'. This makes it difficult to breath in and out due to constricted muscles, swollen airways, and an increase in mucus. Despite the fact there is no 'cure' for asthma, the right knowledge and management of the condition can ensure suffers lead full...
How to order a repeat prescription

How to order a repeat prescription

According to the Office for National Statistics, about half of the UK's working population has a long-term chronic condition that requires them to take medicine on a regular basis. In order to save time and preserve resources, GPs can issue repeat prescriptions for those with ongoing conditions as and when they require more medicine. GPs will still ask to see you every six to 12 months, but only to check everything is ok and make necessary adjustments. When it comes to getting a...
Repeat prescription: How it works

Repeat prescription: How it works

If you have to take long term medication and you need to know how to get a repeat prescription, we’re here to help. So, what is a repeat prescription? This kind of prescription is specifically for when you take regular medication. In this instance your GP will issue you with a repeat prescription which, in turn, gives you a new supply of your medication when you have run out.
How much is a prescription?

How much is a prescription?

If you or a family member has felt the impact of long-term sickness or a disability that requires medication you’ll understand that the implications reach further than just health concerns. Along with logistical planning to make sure the prescription is obtained regularly before the previous one runs out, the financial strain can be incredibly stressful. Your medication is essential to keeping you healthy - as your health is clearly a non-negotiable, we’re here to help you understand the...
The cost of healthcare in the UK

The cost of healthcare in the UK

Beyond the cost of medicines we pay for, what does it cost the NHS to look after us? From the cost of a GP appointment to price of an X-ray, blood test or a major operation, we took a look at the money needed to take care of us all.
8 WAYS TO AVOID AN ECZEMA FLARE-UP

8 WAYS TO AVOID AN ECZEMA FLARE-UP

If you suffer from eczema your body’s immune system will be overreacting to environmental triggers and allergens. Here, we show you 8 brilliant ways to avoid an eczema flare-up.
9 insect bites that everyone should be able to identify

9 insect bites that everyone should be able to identify

Very few people manage to avoid being bitten by insects. In addition, it can be quite difficult to identify what really bit us. The bite can itch or even swell. There are many different insects, and they all transmit different diseases. So it’s very important to correctly identify what bit you. Here is a little guide to help you
Get the Glow: How to Include Vitamin C in Your Life

Get the Glow: How to Include Vitamin C in Your Life

When you’re feeling under the weather and like a cold is about to strike, you’ll probably start to load up on immune-boosting vitamin C – either in vitamin form or fresh fruit and veg. But do you do the same for your skin when it’s feeling a little lacklustre? Read on to find out how vitamin C can improve skin texture and quality in just a few days.
Vitamin C: benefits for skin

Vitamin C: benefits for skin

We all know how good antioxidants are for our bodies. But is vitamin C good for skin? Read on to find out how vitamin C can help your complexion look brighter, firmer and hydrated.
Vitamin C FAQs: Your questions answered

Vitamin C FAQs: Your questions answered

Not quite sure whether vitamin C is for you or how it actually improves your skin? Read on to discover the answers to your most pressing questions featuring expert advice from Consultant Dermatologist, Dr Anjali Mahto.
Our Sun Capital and UV rays

Our Sun Capital and UV rays

Going out in the sun can seem like an increasingly risky affair these days: we seem to be constantly bombarded with “shock tactic” media campaigns. Dermatologist Michel Le Maître answers our questions about suncare.
If I have dry skin and acne what products should I use?

If I have dry skin and acne what products should I use?

It is often assumed that acne-prone skin is a consequence of a naturally oily skin type. However, it is also possible to have both dry skin and acne. Here's why, and how you can treat both acne and dry skin at the same time by using the right skincare.
Men’s Health Week 2018: Putting diabetes in the spotlight

Men’s Health Week 2018: Putting diabetes in the spotlight

In the middle of June every year, in the seven days preceding Father’s Day, the world celebrates Men’s Health Week. It is an opportunity to shed light on health issues that affect men disproportionately, and this year the important event takes place between 11 and 17 June. For Men’s Health Week 2018, the goal is to raise awareness of diabetes in men. The chronic condition is more common in men than women, and this year the organisers want to get people talking about the disease, how it is...
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MOISTURISER AND A LOTION?

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MOISTURISER AND A LOTION?

The world of beauty can be confusing at times – especially when there are so many products out there purporting to do the same thing in slightly different ways. You don’t really need a beauty cabinet overflowing with every bottle and potion on the market. So just how do you go about editing everything down to achieve the perfect skincare capsule collection?
The secret to blending high-coverage concealer

The secret to blending high-coverage concealer

Concealers come in a number of different formats, from sticks and creams to liquid and even crayon formulas. When choosing the right product for your skin’s needs, it’s important to pay attention to two key factors - texture and coverage. If you’re just covering the occasional spot or blemish a lighter formulation might seem like the best option. But these can often smudge or fade as the day goes on. Meanwhile, high-coverage products can be difficult to blend as a result of their thicker,...
How to properly exfoliate acne-prone skin

How to properly exfoliate acne-prone skin

One of the many frustrating things about having acne-prone skin is the amount of conflicting advice about exfoliating. Keep reading to find out how to exfoliate your acne-prone skin properly, without all that rubbing and scrubbing…
10 CLEANSING STEPS FOR OILY SKIN OR ACNE PRONE SKIN

10 CLEANSING STEPS FOR OILY SKIN OR ACNE PRONE SKIN

We at FREZYDERM are here to show you how to have the clearest skin and a face beaming without pimples. Say goodbye to acne and see your skin appear clear and smooth without scars. Want to know how? Well, the most essential thing when treating acne is the daily care. By using the right cleansing routine and specific-for-type products you can achieve the skin you’ve been dreaming of.
World Asthma Day: How best to manage asthma problems

World Asthma Day: How best to manage asthma problems

World Asthma Day: How best to manage asthma problems Tuesday 1st May is World Asthma Day, an annual event run by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA). This awareness day aims to improve coverage of asthma and how people with this health condition can best manage it. It’s a great opportunity to talk about one of the most common medical problems that people suffer with – and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.
Worried about pharmacy closures? Time to consider EPS

Worried about pharmacy closures? Time to consider EPS

As many people will have noticed when walking down their local high street, a vast number of community pharmacies are closing down. In fact, in late 2017 an analysis of NHS data by PharmData suggested that as many as 2,700 community pharmacies could be at risk of closure in the near future because they have become financially unviable.
What is IBS?

What is IBS?

IBS is a common condition that affects the digestive system. It causes symptoms like stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation. These tend to come and go over time, and can last for days, weeks or months at a time. It's usually a lifelong problem. It can be very frustrating to live with and can have a big impact on your everyday life. There's no cure, but diet changes and medicines can often help control the symptoms. The exact cause is unknown – it's been linked to things like...
Stress Awareness Month: Top Tips for Combating Stress

Stress Awareness Month: Top Tips for Combating Stress

This month is dedicated to one of the most significant causes of health problems in the UK, and indeed around the world: stress. April is Stress Awareness Month, with all manner of individuals and organisations taking this month-long initiative as an opportunity to promote social awareness of the causes and cures for stress through a wide range of events. In the UK, 12.5 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2016/17 alone. More generally,...
World Health Day just around the corner

World Health Day just around the corner

In a little over two weeks’ time, on 7 April to be exact, World Health Day will be celebrating its 69th birthday. The World Health Organisation (WHO) launched the event to promote better healthcare for everyone on the planet, regardless of where they live, their wealth or their culture
8 WAYS TO AVOID AN ECZEMA FLARE-UP

8 WAYS TO AVOID AN ECZEMA FLARE-UP

If you suffer from eczema your body’s immune system will be overreacting to environmental triggers and allergens. Here, we show you 8 brilliant ways to avoid an eczema flare-up.
The solution to the UKs repeat prescription headache

The solution to the UKs repeat prescription headache

As anyone who has one will know, repeat prescriptions can be quite a burden on your day-to-day life. With 43% of the UK taking prescribed medication of some kind, the hassle of going back-and-forth between GP and pharmacist has become a very common issue. In fact, it is estimated that when you combine travel time, waiting rooms, consultations and queues, patients spend on average more than three and half hour each month on their prescriptions. And for those who are taking repeat...
Painful Scars?

Painful Scars?

A MUM-of-one has told how a small operation to remove a cyst caused her agony for months. Jodie Melling, 30, was left with a painful scar four inches long after doctors removed a troublesome lump from her wrist last year. But she could not believe how much pain she was left in because of the surgery. Find out her solution here....
How to look after your health while awaiting springs arrival

How to look after your health while awaiting springs arrival

As we move towards the end of February, there have only been a few fleeting moments to suggest that winter’s grip on the weather is loosening. For most of the UK, the grey skies persist, cold winds still blow through the streets and the rain continues to fall. And as well as being wholly unpleasant, the weather during these months of the year also brings with it numerous risks to people’s health and wellbeing. So, to help keep you in fine fettle until spring arrives and the colder...
Pharmacy Outlet reveals the UK’s most common household health cures

Pharmacy Outlet reveals the UK’s most common household health cures

From old wives’ tales dating back generations to your parents’ sworn upon family cures, everyone has their ‘go to’ household health remedies for tackling common ailments. So, at the start of this year, Pharmacy Outlet decided to delve into this topic a little further – we commissioned an independent survey of more than 2,000 UK adults, asking them which common health remedies they have used and, moreover, whether or not they believe these actually work.
Find out all you need to know about EPS

Find out all you need to know about EPS

EPS. Or, to call it by its full name, the Electronic Prescription Service. It’s a way for people in the UK to get their prescriptions delivered straight to their chosen address for free. The NHS scheme was created to digitise the whole prescription and repeat prescription process, saving everyone (NHS, GPs and patients alike) a lot of time and hassle in the process.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT SKIN CREAM FOR YOUR AGE

CHOOSING THE RIGHT SKIN CREAM FOR YOUR AGE

The world of beauty can be bamboozling at the best of times. There is always some new superfood or fresh serum that brings with it the promise of eternal radiance. One minute it’s all about carrot-based face masks, and the next the cult has moved on to vampire facials… Really.
Love it or loathe it: Why Christmas fills some people with dread

Love it or loathe it: Why Christmas fills some people with dread

However, while the festive season is typically considered to be a time of joy and celebration, for many people it is a time of added strains on their mental and physical health, dampening their mood. Indeed, Pharmacy Outlet recently commissioned research among more than 2,000 Brits which revealed that 30% of adults across the UK – 15.5 million people – secretly dread the Christmas and New Year period because they suffer from increased stress leve
Christmas presents: Helping you find the perfect gifts this winter

Christmas presents: Helping you find the perfect gifts this winter

Christmas is now under two weeks away. For some, the present shopping will have begun months ago, with just some finishing touches and final bits of wrapping required. For others, those who’ve been proudly saying “I’ve not even started shopping yet, Christmas is ages away”, the realisation will be setting in that time is slowly running out for them to buy their festive gifts.
WHAT SHAMPOO TYPE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

WHAT SHAMPOO TYPE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

With so many different types of shampoos out there on the market today it can be tough picking the right one for you. No matter what type of hair you have, how old you are or any hair problems you may have, we know just the right shampoo for you.
Experiencing breathing difficulties? What to do if you have COPD

Experiencing breathing difficulties? What to do if you have COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, is a medical term that covers a broad range of lung conditions which cause breathing difficulties. COPD can refer to a number of specific illnesses, such as refractory asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Wednesday 15th November marks World COPD Day – an event organised by the British Lung Foundation (BLF) in the middle of COPD Awareness Month, which runs throughout November.
TIME TO WINTER-PROOF YOUR SKIN

TIME TO WINTER-PROOF YOUR SKIN

Face it: the cold autumn and winter months are pretty tough on your skin. Biting, howling winds to sting and chap. Heating systems to dry and coarsen. And, you guessed it, a conspicuous lack of sunshine for that much-needed vitamin D. Put it all together and you get a complexion in need of some serious TLC.
Movember - Putting Mens Health in the Spotlight

Movember - Putting Mens Health in the Spotlight

When November comes round, the days get a bit colder, a bit shorter, and suspicious things start to grow on some people’s faces. We are talking, of course, about moustaches. Far from a tactic to keep the top lip warm over the winter months, the trend of men growing moustaches throughout the month of November is – for those who were not aware – for a far more important cause. Movember, as it is now known, is a charity movement created to raise
World Psoriasis Day 2017: All you need to know about the skin condition

World Psoriasis Day 2017: All you need to know about the skin condition

Sunday 29th October marks World Psoriasis Day 2017. Affecting roughly 2% of people in the UK, this chronic skin condition causes not just physical pain but is also a source of mental anguish for sufferers. In advance of the annual global awareness day for the condition, Pharmacy Outlet has produced some information about the skin disorder, how it is contracted and how to treat it, including some new products that could provide welcome relief f
WORLD PSORIASIS DAY: 5 WAYS TO FEEL CONFIDENT WITH PSORIASIS

WORLD PSORIASIS DAY: 5 WAYS TO FEEL CONFIDENT WITH PSORIASIS

World Psoriasis Day arrives on Sunday 29th October. This annual day was created by psoriasis sufferers for psoriasis sufferers to raise awareness of the estimated 125 million people across the globe who are affected by the skin disease. Up to 1.8 million of these sufferers are from the UK alone. Not only does the condition have an impact on their lives physically, but it also touches them socially, emotionally and financially.
Pharmacy Outlet Reveals the UKs Embarrassing Illnesses Hotspots

Pharmacy Outlet Reveals the UKs Embarrassing Illnesses Hotspots

Pharmacy Outlet recently commissioned research among more than 2,000 UK adults, asking them if they had ever suffered from a wide range of every day (but sometimes embarrassing) illnesses. The findings were remarkable, demonstrating just how commonplace many ailments are. What’s more, our research delved whereabouts in the country certain conditions were most prevalent.
Smoking and you

Smoking and you

Thinking of quitting? Now is the right time to quit. Every cigarette causes you real harm and quitting smoking is healthier for you and your family.
All You Need to Know about Eczema and How to Treat It

All You Need to Know about Eczema and How to Treat It

Affecting 6 million people across the UK, eczema is one of the most common health conditions that Britons suffer through. As we prepare for National Eczema Week, which takes place between 16 and 24 September, Pharmacy Outlet is on hand to tell you all that you need to know about this ailment and how best to combat it.
YOUR MEDICINE CABINET

YOUR MEDICINE CABINET

Be prepared for common ailments by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home. This list, recommended by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, will help you deal with most minor ailments.
Back to School: Preparing for the Threat of Head Lice

Back to School: Preparing for the Threat of Head Lice

The start of the new school year is a little over a week away, which usually means a frantic rush for parents to get everything ready for their child’s return to the classroom. While the focus will often be on uniforms, pencil cases and lunchboxes, it is vital that essential health and pharmaceutical products are not overlooked.
Number of asthma sufferers on the rise across the UK

Number of asthma sufferers on the rise across the UK

Asthma is one of the most common medical conditions that people across the UK suffer from. Worryingly, Pharmacy Outlet can exclusively reveal that the issue is worsening. We have commissioned an independent, nationally-representative survey among more than 2,000 UK adults to uncover how many people are suffering with the most common asthma symptoms. What’s more, we’ve also tracked how this compares with five years ago, revealing a concerning tr
What is the Electronic Prescription Service - EPS?

What is the Electronic Prescription Service - EPS?

Electronic Prescription Service, or EPS for short, is a new service provided by the NHS. The service allows your GP to send your prescription(s) electronically from their computer to your chosen pharmacy. This means that you don’t need a paper copy of your prescription. As it is sent by your GP electronically, you don’t need to collect the prescription from your GP in person.
How to protect yourself from pesky insects

How to protect yourself from pesky insects

As we enter the height of summer, we also enter peak season for insects. Whether eating an ice cream in the park, enjoying a BBQ in the evening or sleeping with your window ajar, we’re never too far from an unwanted creepy crawly at this time of year. What’s more, for anyone jetting off to warmer climates this summer, the threat of insects will be even greater.
PharmacyOutlet reveals widespread concern for Britain’s NHS

PharmacyOutlet reveals widespread concern for Britain’s NHS

This week PharmacyOutlet looked into the pressures we all face when using the National Health Service. Covered by the Daily Mirror and the Daily Star, our survey of 2,000 UK adults revealed that 61% of us lack faith in the Government’s present management of the UK healthcare system.
Are you using the correct inhaler technique?

Are you using the correct inhaler technique?

Are you using the correct inhaler technique? Some people have told us that inhalers can be tricky to use, and even if you think your inhaler technique is correct, it might not be! A recent survey we carried out found that up to a third of people with asthma aren't using their inhaler in the right way. If you're NOT using your inhaler correctly, you might not be getting the full dose of medicine your GP or asthma nurse prescribed because the
What causes asthma?

What causes asthma?

It's difficult to say for sure what causes asthma, and the causes vary from person to person. What we do know is that research shows you're more likely to develop asthma if: you have a family history of asthma, eczema or any allergies - for example, evidence shows that if one or both of your parents have asthma, you are more likely to have it you have eczema or an allergy, such as hay fever (an allergy to pollen) you had bronchiolitis (a
Top Tips for Treating Hay Fever

Top Tips for Treating Hay Fever

It’s official: summer has arrived – cue the BBQs, picnics, trips to the park and balmy evenings outdoors. However, while the arrival of summer is a cause for excitement and anticipation for large proportions of the country, for many people the higher pollen count during the warmer months also brings with it the fear of the dreaded hay fever.
3 ways to look after you child’s asthma this summe

3 ways to look after you child’s asthma this summe

Protect your child from an asthma attack this school holiday It’s worrying that if your child has asthma, they’re three times more likely to end up in hospital when they go back to school in September than any other month.
Vegetarian dieting may lead to greater weight loss

Vegetarian dieting may lead to greater weight loss

"Dieters who follow a vegetarian eating plan lose nearly twice as much weight," the Daily Mail reports following the results of a new study. Researchers randomly assigned two groups of people with type 2 diabetes to either a vegetarian diet or a standard weight loss diet. They found those on the vegetarian diet lost more weight and more body fat.
Treating snoring

Treating snoring

It's sometimes possible to treat snoring by making lifestyle changes. Further treatment is also available if this doesn't help. The various treatments for snoring are outlined below. You can also read a summary of the pros and cons of the treatments for snoring, allowing you to compare your treatment options.
Our guide to staying safe in the sun this summer

Our guide to staying safe in the sun this summer

Our guide to staying safe in the sun this summer With the official start of summer less than a week away, the nation is already bracing itself for an early heat wave. Temperatures have reached 25C this week and they are due to rise further over the weekend, hitting highs of 30C on Sunday. However, before you rush off to light up the BBQ, it is important that you take the necessary precautions to ensure you stay safe while out in the sun.
Top Tips for Combatting High Blood Pressure

Top Tips for Combatting High Blood Pressure

There are a number of things that anyone – young or old, male or female – can do to reduce their risk of suffering from hypertension. These ultimately centre on living a healthier lifestyle; anyone who is overweight should look to lose weight, while ensuring you get at least six hours’ sleep every night is also recommended. But that’s not all, reducing your caffeine intake, stopping smoking and cutting down on alcohol consumption are all benefici
Lifestyle tips for healthy teeth

Lifestyle tips for healthy teeth

Taking care of your general health and your mouth is the key to making the most of your smile. Brushing your teeth twice a day (last thing at night before you go to bed and on one other occasion) with fluoride toothpaste and having regular check-ups with a dentist can help to keep your teeth healthy. Diet, smoking and drinking alcohol also have an effect on dental health.
How to get vitamin D from sunlight

How to get vitamin D from sunlight

Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones, and in the UK from around late March/early April to the end of September we get most of our vitamin D from sunlight exposure. Find out how to get enough without risking sun damage.
Stroke Awareness - act F.A.S.T

Stroke Awareness - act F.A.S.T

Stroke - Act F.A.S.T at the first sign of a stroke Stroke is a medical emergency. If you recognise any signs of a stroke, calling 999 for an ambulance is crucial. A stroke is a serious illness that stops your brain working properly. It can affect how people look, talk, walk or use parts of their body.
Top 10 Perfumes perfect for Mom This Mother's Day

Top 10 Perfumes perfect for Mom This Mother's Day

Mother’s Day gifts are not easy to choose. Flowers are overdone. Clothes are a bit tricky. Chocolates suggest no thought. A present for the most important woman in your life must be really good. You are thanking her for her never-ending and often-thankless work. Why not think of a perfume?
Prescription Services & Online Prescriptions

Prescription Services & Online Prescriptions

Pharmacies can now deliver medications direct to you, provided you have a prescription from a UK Doctor. Medicines are delivered to your home or work place in safe and discreet packaging. The deliveries of NHS prescriptions are made free of charge.