Author: Jessica Bott

Viral vs. Bacterial Throat Infection – What’s the Difference?

It’s the time of year where winter illnesses start to become more common, from coughs, colds and flu to a throat infection. When you have a sore throat it can be uncomfortable to eat, drink and talk. Getting the right treatment is important to help you get back to feeling yourself again, but to do so you need to know what’s causing your sore throat. The cause of your sore throat isn’t always obvious, but they are usually caused by an infection which can be either viral or bacterial. Here’s our guide to the difference between a viral and...

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Four Strengthening Exercises for Arthritis

Strengthening exercises for arthritis are important as they can help keep your muscles strong so that in turn they can help to support the joint and also keep your joints mobile. Doing these exercises three to five times per week is recommended. For strengthening exercises, start with as many repetitions you can comfortably do and then build up gradually. For strengthening exercises, start with as many repetitions you can comfortably do and build up the number gradually. You should aim to complete between six and fifteen repetitions as this has been shown to achieve benefit. For stretching exercises, you should...

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Why Should I Get a Flu Jab?

It’s coming to the time of year when the weather turns colder, and we start to plan for Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas. But, you don’t want to catch the flu when you’re trying to enjoy the season’s festivities, particularly if you’re spending time with family and friends. Even at our fittest and healthiest, we can all catch flu and it can really knock you for six. Each year, there can be several different strains of the virus, with symptoms ranging from fever, headache, sore throat and aches and pains. While it does usually clear up by itself after...

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All You Need To Know About Turmeric as a Health Trend

Turmeric is one of the latest health trends that everyone is talking about, but it’s not just a neglected spice anymore. From teas and lattes to powder and supplements, you can get it in many forms. But, what is it? Should you be taking it? We’ve gathered all you need to know. What is turmeric? It is a tall plant that grows in Asia and Central America, it is a sometimes called Indian saffron or the golden spice. In its raw form it looks like ginger, but when it’s processed and ground it becomes bright yellow. It’s often used...

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Everything You Need to Know about the Morning After Pill

If your regular contraception has failed or you have had unprotected sex, you might be worried about being pregnant. If you need emergency contraception, also known as the morning after pill, we are here to help.   In most cases, you don’t need to visit your doctor to get the morning after pill as it is available from LloydsPharmacy stores including many that are open late or on a Sunday.  Many stores also operate a local NHS scheme which means the morning after pill is available for free to 16 – 25 year olds. You can find your nearest store by using our store locator. As well as the morning after pill, our expert Pharmacists are also...

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