Scabies is a mite infestation in the top layer of skin. This small mite burrows into the skin, where it lives, causing a very itchy skin rash. Scabies is not due to poor hygiene. It is very contagious and can be caught by anyone. A pharmacist can advise on safe and effective treatment.
Sleep is a state of consciousness which is essential for good health. It is a period of rest and recuperation for the body and much needed ‘down time’ for the brain. It refreshes the mind and repairs the body. People vary in the amount of sleep they need, depending on their age, lifestyle, diet, and environment. Generally, we sleep less as we age and our sleep tends to be more broken. Newborn babies tend to sleep for around 16 hours out of every 24, while adults average eight hours and the elderly sleep a little less.
The average person swallows about once every two minutes; something you will become painfully aware of if you have a sore throat! The average adult gets 2-3 sore throats a year. Older people tend to have them less frequently, as over time they build up immunity against many of the causative viruses. Throat symptoms are one of the most common reasons people go see their doctor, ranking above high blood pressure, back problems, and rashes. Most sore throats don’t need the care of a doctor, but which ones do? And how can we best care for the people coming to the pharmacy to see us for help? Remember, most people are busy, have jobs to go to and families to look after; they need to be at their best every day, so let’s help them feel as good as possible!
Sprains and strains are two of the most common soft tissue injuries. Although these two terms are often used interchangeably, they actually form 2 very different conditions. A sprain is a joint injury that usually involves tearing of the ligaments and joint capsule. A strain is an injury to muscle or tendons. After an injury, you may present with pain, swelling and often bruising of the area concerned. More serious injuries may cause a loss of power or ability to bear weight on that particular joint. Soft tissue injuries require appropriate treatment/management in order for the area to heal in a timely manner. They can take between 2 and 12 weeks to heal, depending on the injury, your initial and ongoing management of the condition, and the age and general health of the patient. The information contained in this information leaflet will help you to manage these common injuries with the help of your LiveLife Pharmacy!
Sunburn is the skin’s reaction to too much ultraviolet radiation (UVR ) in sunlight. You can see sunlight, you can feel heat (infrared radia-tion), but you can’t see or feel UVR. It can damage your skin even on cool, cloudy days. In Australia, sunburn can occur in as little as 15 minutes for a fair skinned person.
With Australia having the highest rate of skin cancer in the world, we all should be very familiar with the 5 ways to be Sun smart. They are SLIP on sun protective clothing, SLOP on a 30+ or 50+ sunscreen, SLAP on a hat, SLIDE on sunglasses, and SEEK shade.
Clearly sunscreens are not the complete answer to effective sun protection, but using the right ones for you, and using them properly, will save a lot of the pain of sunburn, and a lot of the long term skin damage we are best to avoid.