Pharmacists are well placed to help patients take care of themselves — from advising on sun protection and skin cancer risk to offering tips on managing hayfever. Read The Pharmaceutical Journal's special report on self-care and help patients in your community pharmacy to help themselves stay well this summer.
Science of sunscreenSubscription
Sun exposure is the primary cause of skin cancer. According to Cancer Research UK, more than 8 in 10 cases of melanoma could be prevented through better knowledge of sun damage and how to protect against it.
Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer in the UK, accounting for 4% of all new cancer diagnoses. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals are ideally placed to offer advice to patients on the use of sunscreens to limit UV exposure, reducing their risk of developing melanoma.
Rashes in childrenSubscription
Rashes in children are common and may be difficult to differentiate by appearance alone, therefore, it is important to consider the entire clinical presentation in order to make the appropriate diagnosis.
In 2016, there were 70.8 million visits abroad by UK residents and the World Tourism Organization expects worldwide tourist arrivals to increase to 1.8 billion by 2030
Having read the announcement from the NHS and the term “waste which is in the system” (The Pharmaceutical Journal online, March 2017), I was surprised to read that sun creams fall within this category.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has put together a new quick reference guide (QRG) to sunscreen use. The guide describes the different types of sunscreen and how they work, and explains how sunscreen should be applied for maximum efficacy. The QRG also identifies medicines that carry a risk of increased photosensitivity, and how patients taking these medicines should be advised.
Patients in England paid for more than 180,000 prescriptions for hay fever remedies in 2016 and 2017, despite them being available much more cheaply over-the-counter, according to data obtained by MoneySavingExpert.
Healthcare professionals are beginning to recognise the importance of keeping our feet in good working order, but does more need to be done to communicate this message to the public? Find out in this feature produced in partnership with RB.
A new way to look at acute cough in the pharmacySubscription
Cough is the most common symptom for which people seek medical advice, and patients with cough frequently present to community pharmacy. Cough can be either acute or chronic. Acute cough, defined as being of less than three weeks’ duration, is often caused by viral respiratory tract infection and is probably one of the most common reasons for accessing healthcare in the community. For these infections, no antiviral treatment exists and antibiotics have been shown to be ineffective in ...