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Promoting self-care this summer

Person applying sunscreen on a beach

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 sunscreen

Science of sunscreenSubscription

22 JUN 2017By

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.

Spoon full of Vitamin D supplements

How to reduce the risks associated with vitamin D self-supplementationSubscription

10 MAY 2016By

As the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency rises, the popularity of self-medicating with vitamin D supplements is growing. However, there is potential for overdosing and harm.


Micrograph of melanoma

Melanoma: risk factors and advice on sunscreen useSubscription

22 JUN 2017By ,

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.

Chickenpox rash close up

Rashes in childrenSubscription

13 JUN 2017By ,

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.

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head and thorax of a human head louse (Pediculus humanus capitis) clinging to a strand of human hair.

Head lice: resistance and treatment optionsSubscription

7 SEP 2016By

An update on head lice, their identification and the various treatment options available after considering resistance and treatment failure.

An injured player is carried out of a field with the help of two other people

Advising patients on prevention and management of sporting injuries in the pharmacySubscription

10 AUG 2016By , David Mottram, Colin Waldock

How to identify common sporting injuries and provide specific advice to patients on their effective management, including the role of over-the-counter pharmacological treatments, as well as when to refer for specialist assessment and treatment.


Managing heat exhaustion in primary careSubscription

The Pharmaceutical Journal, 5 July 2014, Vol 293, No 7817By

Heat-related conditions account for more than 1,000 deaths in the UK each year, a death toll set to rise as extreme weather events become the new norm.


Travel health services provided through UK community pharmaciesSubscription

23 JUN 2017By , ,

In 2016, there were 70.8 million visits abroad by UK residents[1] and the World Tourism Organization expects worldwide tourist arrivals to increase to 1.8 billion by 2030

Discuss clinical needs with patients before ditching sun creamsSubscription

3 APR 2017By

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.

Promoting self care to reduce unnecessary GP visitsSubscription

30 NOV 2016By

Healthcare is changing dramatically and so are the needs of our patients. As such, GPs and our teams are changing the ways in which we are working, but we also need our patients to play their part.


Young woman applying sunscreen to her arm

New quick reference guide to using sunscreen

29 MAY 2018

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.

Antihistamines in blister packaging

Patients paying up to £6 more for hay fever prescriptions rather than buying OTC Subscription

11 MAY 2018

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.

Close up of feet walking on beach

A strong base: the importance of foot health

11 AUG 2017By

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 pharmacist in a consultation room looks at the minor ailments consultation records on a computer

Nearly half of the general public wouldn't use a pharmacy for a minor ailment, report finds

17 NOV 2016

Despite acknowledging the importance of self-care, many people say a pharmacy would not be their first port of call for advice on treating minor conditions, such as coughs and colds, a report from the Proprietary Association of Great Britain (PAGB) found.

Coloured scanning electron micrograph of an engorged female Ixodes ricinus tick or lyme disease tick

Treating Lyme disease: when will science catch up?Subscription

8 APR 2016By

Cases of Lyme disease appear to be rising but there are still many unanswered questions about the condition, its diagnosis and the available treatment options.


Rows of over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine

A new way to look at acute cough in the pharmacySubscription

31 MAR 2017By

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 ...

Scanning electron micrograph of nasal mucosa in allergic rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis: impact, diagnosis, treatment and managementSubscription

9 AUG 2016By , ,

Allergic rhinitis results from an immunological abnormality in which atopic individuals produce immunoglobulin E (IgE) to allergens (e.g. pollen, house dust mites, animal dander and moulds). IgE activates mast cells, which respond by releasing inflammatory mediators. Histamine stimulates the early symptoms, predominately mucus production, nasal itching and sneezing. Leukotrienes and cytokines attract and activate eosinophils to cause allergic inflammation, which is primarily responsible ...


Roger Humbles, community pharmacist and owner of Fourway Pharmacy

How a community pharmacy owner became the face of a media campaignSubscription

27 FEB 2017By

As a community pharmacist, Roger Humbles is aware of the increased levels of illness, deaths and pressure on the NHS in winter. Here, he talks about publicity and running his own pharmacy.

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