Author: Olivia Birks

Diabetes and Ramadan

Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and is obligatory for all Muslims. Before Ramadan starts it is important that you seek advice from either your GP or Nurse on how to manage your diabetes including changes to your medication during this time. Useful points to remember when fasting with Diabetes: Islam states that anyone who would be putting their health at serious risk by fasting are exempt i.e. people with diabetes. If you cannot fast, you can make up the fasts by offering charity according to Islamic practice. If you experience...

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Choosing the right allergy relief

With expert advice on treatments that are right for you, we can help you get out and about whatever the pollen count. From tablets and eye drops to nasal sprays and allergy creams, there are a range of options to choose from. Don’t forget, sometimes you may need more than one treatment to manage multiple symptoms, for example eye drops and a nasal spray! What pollen allergy do you have? There are three main types of pollen, tree grass and weed. These are active at different times of year. Tree pollen is usually around late March to mid-May, grass...

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What is hay fever?

Otherwise known as seasonal allergic rhinitis, hay fever is a reaction to airborne substances, such as pollen, that get into the upper respiratory passages – the nose, sinus, throat – and the eyes. The symptoms usually appear in childhood and lessen by the age of 30 or 40. Perennial allergic rhinitis is a similar allergy to hay fever that occurs all year round and is caused by things like house dust mites and pets. What causes hay fever? Often an inherited condition, the most common causes of hay fever are: tree pollen (spring hay fever) grass pollen (summer hay...

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Can I take hay fever medicine during pregnancy?

Can you take hayfever medicine during pregnancy? The quick answer is; it depends on the medicine. During pregnancy, you can take some hay fever medicines but not others, because there’s not enough evidence on their safety. Get advice first: Always check with your pharmacist or GP before taking any medicine when you’re pregnant, including hay fever medicine. They will assess the medicine’s benefits against the risk of side effects and advise you on whether it’s safe. They will also take into account your individual circumstances when deciding if your hay fever symptoms need to be treated with medicine. Our top...

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Staying safe in the sun

Longer days and warmer weather means you are likely to be spending more time outdoors. While the temperature is not as intense in the UK as it is abroad, it’s important to remember that the sun can burn the skin and cause lasting damage, especially for those who have sensitive skin, even when on a ‘staycation’ or having a family barbeque in the comfort of your own garden. Overexposure to UV-A, UV-B and IR-A rays can cause damage to your skin which can result in burning or premature ageing. Not only can sunburn cause discomfort but it can lead...

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