Our 'Our Pharmacist Says' articles provide you with professional advice and interesting health facts from our fully qualified Pharmacists. It’s a great way for you to keep updated on the most recent health topics and make educated choices for yourself and your loved ones.

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Travel health first aid kit - What to pack?

Travel Health First Aid Kit - What to Pack?

Going on holiday this summer? It's always a good idea to be prepared for the worst, and packing the right items in your travel first aid kit can help give you and your family piece of mind.

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Sexual Health this summer - Alphega Pharmacy

Summer Sexual Health Advice

The number of sexually transmitted infections in the UK is on the rise with young people under the age of 25 most likely to be at risk. Learn more about protecting yourself this summer

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Managing hay fever this summer - Alphega Pharmacy

Managing Hay Fever this Summer

Hay fever (or seasonal allergic rhinitis) is one of the most common allergic conditions in the UK. You can get hay fever at any age, and Allergy UK estimate that nearly 18 million people suffer with it in the UK

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Allergy Screening - Alphega Pharmacy

The Benefits of an Allergy Screening

Having an unknown allergy or intolerance can be a highly uncomfortable experience . Learn more about the benefits of getting an Allergy Screening here.

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Insomnia & sleep - Alphega pharmacy

How to Get a Good Night's Sleep

Suffering from Insomnia and having a bad night's sleep can really affect your mental and physical wellbeing.

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Bad breath, halitosis triggers, treatments and tonsil stones

Bad Breath Triggers, Treatments & Tonsil Stones

Bad breath is a common problem that can affect anyone of any age and there’s a wide range of potential causes. It can be such a common issue it is thought that around a quarter of all adults will suffer halitosis at some point in life.

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Stopping smoking for a healthier life - Alphega Pharmacy

Stopping Smoking & Improve Your Health

If you smoke, then stopping smoking is probably the biggest single step you can take to improve your health. Every year smoking causes around 100,000 deaths in the UK.

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Keeping a Healthy Heart & Blood Pressure - Heart Health

Keeping a Healthy Heart & Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure or Hypertension affects more than 1 in 4 adults in the UK. It rarely has any symptoms but if left untreated, it can increase your risk of getting Heart Disease

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managing bad back pain - lumbago, sciatica & frozen shoulder

Managing Back Pain: Lumbago, Sciatica & Whiplash

Back pain is one of the most common types of pain, with the vast majority of people experiencing it at some point in life. Lumbago, Sciatica & Frozen Shoulders can all cause severe discomfort.

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Winter Weight Loss Guide - Lose the Festive pounds

Winter Weight Loss - New Year New You

Our modern lifestyle, and especially times of the year such as Christmas, can make it easy to eat and drink more than we realise and do little physical activity.

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Vitamins and Winter Wellness - Winter Blues and January Detox

Vitamins, Minerals and Winter Wellness

Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients our body needs to enable it to function properly. Most people should get all the nutrients they need by eating a healthy, balanced diet.

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Indigestion Survival Tips - Our Pharmacist Says

Indigestion at Christmas

The festive season is fast approaching and this is the time of year when we all overindulge. No matter how many of us vow not to.

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Winter Flu Jab Benefits - Our Pharmacist Says

Winter Flu Jab Benefits

One of my customers asked for some advice about having a flu jab; she had just found out that she is pregnant and a friend told her that she should have a flu jab.

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Cough & Cold

Cough & Cold

Coughs and colds are caused by viruses that spread from one person to another through someone coughing or sneezing and through contaminated fingers.

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Hair Loss

There are many types of hair loss, or alopecia, with different symptoms and causes. The most common type of hair loss is male-pattern baldness.

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Second Hand Smoking

It is well known that smoking is bad for our health but the risks of breathing in someone else's cigarette smoke also poses significant health risks.

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Hand Hygiene

Keeping your hands clean is the single most important step you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs.

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Reflux in babies

Reflux in Babies

Babies often bring up milk during or shortly after feeding and this is known as ‘possetting’ or ‘reflux’.

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skin care for people with acne

Skin Care For People With Acne

Many young people with acne often feel embarrassed to go out and worry about how to cover up their spots.

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Period pain - how to manage it?

Women's Health - Period Pain

Period pain is usually felt as painful cramps in the lower tummy, which can sometimes spread to the back and thighs.

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sun care - protecting your skin from the sun

Sun Care - Protecting Your Skin From The Sun

Sunburn is skin damage caused by the sun, when the skin becomes red, sore, warm and tender.

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Understanding different types of fat

Understanding Different Types of Fat

As part of a healthy diet, we should try to replace saturated fat and trans fats with unsaturated fats.

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preventing STIs - sexual health

Chlamydia Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

Most people who have Chlamydia don’t know they have it as they don’t notice any symptoms.

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living with asthma

Living With Asthma: Symptoms & Treatments

Every person living with asthma is different and will have varying severity of symptoms.

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Footcare top tips article

Foot Care

Your feet can suffer from many different problems; dry skin, verrucas, corns and calluses, infections and lots more!

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Eye allergy top tips article

Itchy, Red & Watery Eyes?

Eye allergies can be challenging and disruptive to your daily life. Many different triggers, such as pollen, animal hair or skin, dust mites and mould, can cause eye allergies.

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First aid kit items

What Should I Keep In My First Aid Kit?

It is important to have a well-stocked first aid kit and keep some emergency medicines at home, so you are prepared to deal with minor accidents and injuries.

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Stop Smoking without putting on weight

Stop Smoking Without Putting on Weight

If you are trying to stop smoking, you may be worried about gaining weight when you stop smoking. There are steps you can take to help prevent weight gain.

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Free medicine use checks

Free Medicines Use Checks

The pharmacist will go through all the medicines you are taking, including any medicines that you buy over the counter as well as medicines prescribed by your GP.

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Blood pressure health information

The Risks and Causes of High Blood Pressure

If not treated, high blood pressure increases your risk of developing heart disease as well as having a heart attack or stroke.

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Osteoarthritis health article

Osteoarthritis: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Struggling to carry out the usual day to day tasks due to stiff, aching joints? Dusting and cleaning or carrying the shopping into the house more of a struggle than it used to be?

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Sports injuries health article

How to Prevent Sports' Injuries

We all know that taking part in physical activity is good for us. So when it sometimes results in an injury, it can put you off!

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knee pain health article

Why Does My Knee Hurt?

Do you sometimes get a painful twinge in your knee and you’re not sure what has caused it?

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