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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 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.


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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.
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.
Alternatives to bread can vary widely Bread is relatively high in carbohydrate and calories so some people with diabetes may benefit from using alternatives to bread. Another reason for looking to alternatives is to reduce exposure to gluten which may be necessity for people with coeliac disease.


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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.
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
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 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 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.

10 Winter Illnesses

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Some health problems, such as asthma, sore throat and cold sores, are triggered or worsened by cold weather. Here's how to deal with cold weather ailments.
Probiotics and prebiotics are both pretty big topics in nutrition these days. Yet even though they sound similar, the two play different roles for your health.
October has arrived and as well as meaning the days are quickly going to become colder and shorter, this month also marks National Cholesterol Month. Dedicated to raising awareness of the causes of and medication for cholesterol, the 31-day campaign is addressing one of the most common medical issues to impact people in Britain.Statistics show that more than half of adults in England have raised cholesterol.

Smoking and you

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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.
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.
This week marks Sexual Health Awareness Week in the UK. It’s an important event on the pharmaceutical calendar, raising much-needed awareness of a serious health issue that is too often overlooked.
No-one likes getting an STI test. It’s a bit embarrassing, nerve wracking and quite often time consuming. But it’s also a very necessary thing to do.


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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.
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.
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
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

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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.
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?

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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

Travelling with asthma

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If you or someone in your family has asthma, it's still possible to travel and enjoy your holidays But taking some time to choose and plan a trip - whether it's a weekend break or a long-distance adventure - can help prevent problems and help you make the most of your time away. If you have severe asthma there are extra things you might want to think about before you go away, such as dealing with mobility issues.

What causes asthma?

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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

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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.
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.

10 health benefits of stopping smoking

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Smoking is bad for your health, but exactly how will stopping make life better? Here are 10 ways your health will improve when you stop smoking.
"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

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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.
It's especially important to look after your feet if you have diabetes. Here's how to take care of your feet and advice on when to get professional help.

Our guide to staying safe in the sun this summer

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Our guide to staying safe in the sun this summerWith 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.
The votes are in and the 2017 General Election has resulted in a hung parliament. It was a campaign that centred on Brexit and national security, but as always healthcare featured prominently on the agenda of all major parties.
It is never easy to speak to someone – be it a doctor, friend or family member – about illnesses or ailments. However, failing to do so can have serious consequences.

Top Tips for Combatting High Blood Pressure

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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
High blood pressure isn’t usually something that you can feel or notice, but if you have it you’re more likely to have a heart attack or a stroke. The good news is there are lots of things you can do to help lower your blood pressure so your risk is lower. You’re in control. By taking ten minutes every day to make small changes to your lifestyle, you could lower your blood pressure – and change your life.

Hypertension - High Blood Pressure

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High blood pressure, or hypertension, rarely has noticeable symptoms. But if untreated, it increases your risk of serious problems such as heart attacks and strokes. More than one in four adults in the UK have high blood pressure, although many won't realise it. The only way to find out if your blood pressure is high is to have your blood pressure checked.

Lifestyle tips for healthy teeth

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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

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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.

National Smile Month

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National Smile Month highlights three key messages, all of which go a long way in helping us develop and maintain a healthy mouth. They are:Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste. Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks. Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

Stroke Awareness - act F.A.S.T

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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.


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Your body’s immune system is like your internal police force. It quickly reacts to destroy viruses and germs to keep you healthy. Allergic reactions are caused by your immune system getting ‘carried away’ by attacking substances that are of no harm to you; we call these substances allergens and can include pollen, pet allergens, certain foods and others.
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

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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.

What To Do In Case Of Out-Of-Hour Medicines?

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Don’t panic, if you run out of your medications and need them urgently, do not worry, there are a few ways to buy medication quickly, even if you are away from home.
Since the first day of spring (March 20) is around the corner, you can expect high pollen count. It is likely that the pollen count will now remain relatively high throughout the spring 2017.