Author: Olivia Birks

Six ways to help a child with asthma

On average, three children in every UK classroom** will have asthma, making it the most common long-term childhood medical condition. It’s understandable for parents to worry if their little one has asthma. But having asthma doesn’t mean they can’t have a normal, healthy childhood. If it is controlled properly, they can carry on as usual, and the condition shouldn’t hold them back in any way. Here are six things you can do to help them: 1. Find out more about how their medicines work It’s important you understand what medicines your child needs for their asthma, how they work and...

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Staying active with asthma

There are currently 5.4 million people with asthma in the UK*. For those who feel well and keep their symptoms under control by using their medicines correctly, exercise shouldn’t be a problem. In some cases it could even be beneficial to exercise, since exercise helps boost lung capacity, which can make even the most ordinary everyday activity that much easier. During exercise you breathe harder and the air reaching your lungs is colder and drier than usual, which can irritate the airways. This reaction often means those living with asthma often avoid exercise, but there are ways to manage...

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Mastering your technique

Having the right inhaler technique can be the difference between your condition not affecting your day-to-day life, or having poorly managed asthma, where even simple tasks are difficult. There are many types of inhaler that can be prescribed by your GP, the most common is the Pressurised Metered Dosed Inhaler, which delivers a specific amount of medicine to help manage symptoms. Perfect inhaler technique: Here’s our Pharmacist’s guide to using a Pressurised Metered Dosed Inhaler. Step 1 Remove cap, shake inhaler well, and then breathe out fully. Step 2 Holding inhaler upright, bring chin up and place inhaler firmly...

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Benefits of quitting smoking

Are you thinking of quitting smoking? Or have you stopped but are struggling to continue? Whether you have tried quitting before or it’s your first time, kicking the habit is a challenge. One of our tips to help you quit is to remember why you wanted to quit in the first place. Whether it’s to improve your health, you’re trying to start a family or, you just want to save some extra money. Whatever it is, write it down and put it up somewhere you can see to give you the extra boost you might need. If you aren’t...

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A guide to dealing with acne

Acne is a common skin condition that affects most people at some point in their lives. Around 80% of teenagers get some form of acne, however it can also continue into adult life. It is most commonly caused by changes in hormone levels during puberty, which is why it’s common in teenagers. There are other causes of acne including your genes, as according to the NHS acne can run in families. Also, women may experience acne just before their periods or during pregnancy. Acne can also be trigged by some cosmetic products, certain medications, or regularly wearing items that place...

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