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,...

How to identify and treat different types of spots and acne - The Skin Edit: La Roche Posay

We often treat lumps and bumps on our skin in the same panicked way, without taking into consideration what our skin is trying to tell us, or what it needs. Different bumps are formed in different ways and have different symptoms and may need to be treated (you guessed it) differently! So take the time to identify your spot, find out how it was formed, and what you need to do to treat it…
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.
A Diet for Sensitive Skin - Skin Edit La Roche Posay

A Diet for Sensitive Skin - Skin Edit La Roche Posay

The adage that ‘you are what you eat’ is very true in the case of skin sensitivity but diet is a too often ignored as a contributor to skin health. Here's our top skin nutrition tips, focusing on the best foods for healthy skin and those to avoid.
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....
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.
4 TOP SKINCARE TRENDS FOR 2018

4 TOP SKINCARE TRENDS FOR 2018

With the new year now underway, we take a look at some of the key trends to watch for in skin. From popular treatments and products through to emerging looks, we explore the top 4 trends that will be shaping the way 2018 will look.
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.
10 Winter Illnesses

10 Winter Illnesses

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.
National Cholesterol Month: All You Need to Know

National Cholesterol Month: All You Need to Know

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

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.
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
Travelling with asthma

Travelling with asthma

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?

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.
 10 MINUTES TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE High blood pressure

10 MINUTES TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE High blood pressure

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.
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
Hypertension - High Blood Pressure

Hypertension - High Blood Pressure

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

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.
National Smile Month

National Smile Month

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

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.
Allergies

Allergies

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.
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.