Topical NSAIDs for acute pain 

Topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory formulations are effective alternatives to oral medication for treatment of local pain. 

Pregnancy in a pandemic  

We examine the latest Covid guidance for expectant mothers and parents and the role community pharmacy teams can play.

The eyes have it 

A range of problems can compromise our eyesight. We look at some common conditions and how they can be managed.

Avoiding a seasonal nuisance   

Hay fever affects about a quarter of the UK adult population and can have a significant impact on day-to-day life. 

Swallowable sponge could reduce need for endoscopies

In trials just one in 30 of the patients offered the Cytosponge were referred for an endoscopy.

Vaccine side effects generally mild, MHRA confirms

Most reports relate to injection site reactions and generalised symptoms reflecting a normal immune response to the vaccine.

Warts and verrucas

Warts and verrucas heal themselves but pharmacists can offer a range of home treatments. 

Getting men to talk  

Although 95 per cent of men know how to check themselves for testicular cancer, almost a third have never done so.

Managing the impact of the menopause 

Individual symptoms will vary and could have a physical and psychological impact.

Stop smoking services need a new way forward 

Covid-19 boosts quit attempts but funding cuts have hit services.

Women's health

Good nutrition and regular exercise can help reduce the risk of conditions like osteoarthritis and osteoporosis in women.

Fatigue, insomnia and anxiety are long term consequences of Covid-19

Study in The Lancet looks at Covid patients six months after discharge.

Love the skin you’re in 

People spent more time outdoors this summer because of lockdown so it's time to assess the damage caused by the sun. 

We need renewed focus on self-care during Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has added pressure and stress like never before and this can cause skin conditions, says Farah Ali.  

OTC casebook: sore throat

We take a look at the treatment options for sore throat. 

Elevated INR seen in patients on anticoagulants during pandemic

MHRA warns that acute illness may exaggerate effect of warfarin tablets and necessitate dose reduction.

Gingivitis – causes, consequences and prevention

Mild gum disease, known as gingivitis, can develop into a more serious problem if left unchecked. 

Headaches and migraines

Headaches are an inconvenience but a migraine can be so disabling, it stops a person from getting on with their life.   

Women’s intimate health

Vaginal symptoms tend to be taboo topics but they are surprisingly common, affecting most women at some point in their lives.  

Conjunctivitis or coronavirus?

Could viral conjunctivitis be a symptom of Covid-19 infection?

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