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