Author: Nicole Taylor

Do I have thrush?

Having thrush is normal – around 75% of women will experience it at least once in their lives* Thrush is a yeast infection caused by the over production of a fungus called Candida. This happens when your immune system is weak or when you are stressed and the good bacteria can’t keep Candida under control. Symptoms of thrush Thrush can be uncomfortable and symptoms can differ for different people. Symptoms range from mild to moderate, but can become more complicated in some cases. Symptoms include: Itching or soreness White discharge Pain during sex Stinging while going to the toilet...

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An expert’s guide to dealing with… Psoriasis

Only those with Psoriasis truly understand how hard it can be to deal with. Psoriasis causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin often covered in silvery scales. What causes Psoriasis? People with psoriasis have an increased production of skin cells which creates the patches of skin associated with psoriasis. Here’s our expert advice on how to cope with symptoms and stresses related to psoriasis. Know your triggers Psoriasis symptoms are often ‘triggered’ by different factors Knowing your triggers may help you avoid a flare-up in the future. Triggers can include, but aren’t limited to: Cuts, scrapes, insect bites or...

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4 ways to make managing your medication easier

For anyone taking regular medication the thought of managing multiple medications can be daunting, from what time of day to take them to taking them with or without food, it’s a lot to take in. Taking prescribed medicines in the right way is important to your health – it’s easy to make mistakes without even realising it. There are things you can do to make life that little bit easier with a range of prescription services and expert advice from a pharmacist. 1 NHS Electronic Prescription Service* This is an NHS funded service which allows you to manage your...

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An expert’s guide to dealing with… Eczema

Only those with eczema truly understand how hard it can be to deal with. Between flare-ups, the skin tends to be dry and itchy, often resulting in an urge to scratch that’s impossible to resist. Constant scratching will split the skin, causing it to weep, bleed and open up to infections. Here’s our expert advice on how to cope with symptoms and stresses related to eczema. Know your triggers Eczema flare-ups are often ‘triggered’ by environmental factors. In some cases it could be obvious what’s causing it, but sometimes it could take a little longer to work out. Triggers...

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What is the NHS Electronic Prescription Service?

The Electronic Prescription Service has been introduced by the NHS across England, allowing your GP to send your prescriptions electronically to a nominated pharmacy. Although this has been available since April 2013, in a small number of GP surgeries/pharmacies, there are now a significant number of practices taking part, and pharmacies set up to offer the service. The service allows GP surgeries to move to a paperless system, which means you can choose where to send your prescription. The benefits of this service are that the pharmacy can get your medication ready before you arrive, you can choose a...

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