Survive the Heat

Survive the Heat

Health & Wellness

12-12-2018

Heat kills more Australians than any natural disaster. Extreme heat can affect anybody but those most at risk are kids, older people and those with a medical condition. Make sure you and your loved ones survive the heat this summer with five simple tips.

Be prepared for Thunderstorm Asthma

Be prepared for Thunderstorm Asthma

Health & Wellness

20-11-2018

Plan ahead for Thunderstorm Asthma

Thunderstorm asthma can affect those with asthma or hay fever – especially people who experience wheezing or coughing with their hay fever.   

Even if you don’t think you have asthma or hay fever, don’t ignore symptoms like wheezing or shortness of breath – check with your GP.

Learn more about asthma and hay fever.   

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Protect yourself this pollen season

Here are some things you can do to prepare for pollen season:

  • If you have asthma – your GP can help you develop or update your asthma action plan to manage your asthma.
  • If you’ve ever had asthma – talk to your GP about what you can do to help protect yourself from the risk of thunderstorm asthma this pollen season. Remember, taking an asthma preventer properly and regularly is key to preventing asthma, including thunderstorm asthma.
  • If you experience wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness or a persistent cough then you may have asthma. It’s important you talk to your GP and get it checked out. 
  • If you have hay fever – see your pharmacist or GP for a hay fever treatment plan.
  • If you have hay fever, and especially if you experience symptoms of asthma, such as wheezing, shortness of breath, a tight feeling in your chest or coughing, it is important to make sure you don’t also have asthma. Speak to your GP today about whether you might also have asthma, and check if you should have an asthma reliever puffer – which is available from a pharmacy without a prescription.

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Dealing with Trauma

Dealing with Trauma

Health & Wellness

16-11-2018

It is normal to have strong emotional or physical reactions following a distressing event. On most occasions though, these reactions subside as a part of the body’s natural healing and recovery process. There are many things you can do to help cope with and recover from such an experience.

A traumatic experience is any event in life that causes a threat to our safety and potentially places our own life or the lives of others at risk. As a result, a person experiences high levels of emotional, psychological, and physical distress that temporarily disrupts their ability to function normally in day-to-day life.

Examples of potentially traumatic experiences include:

  • natural disasters, such as a bushfire or flood
  • being a victim of, or witness to, a crime, act of violence or armed robbery
  • being involved in, or witnessing, a serious car or transport accident
  • being in an airplane that is forced to make an emergency landing
  • being physically assaulted
  • being exposed to images, news reports or social media posts of these types of events.

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Qiara Probiotics available at Berwick Pharmacy

Qiara Probiotics available at Berwick Pharmacy

Health & Wellness

01-11-2018

This article in The Age on the weekend discussed some of the difficulties mums have when breastfeeding, especially pain and mastitis.Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, text

Qiara contains probiotics isolates from breast milk, which may help yours and baby’s tummies. It may also help relieve and reduce breast pain and discomfort associated with mastitis, reduce the recurrence of mastitis, and maintain a healthy microflora system. Read More >

Thunderstorm Asthma – Be Aware

Thunderstorm Asthma – Be Aware

Health & Wellness

24-09-2018

Thunderstorm asthma can affect those with asthma or hay fever – especially people who experience wheezing or coughing with their hay fever.   

Even if you don’t think you have asthma or hay fever, don’t ignore symptoms like wheezing or shortness of breath – check with your GP.

Learn more about asthma and hay fever.   

Protect yourself this pollen season

Here are some things you can do to prepare for pollen season:

  • If you have asthma – your GP can help you develop or update your asthma action plan to manage your asthma.
  • If you’ve ever had asthma – talk to your GP about what you can do to help protect yourself from the risk of thunderstorm asthma this pollen season. Remember, taking an asthma preventer properly and regularly is key to preventing asthma, including thunderstorm asthma.
  • If you experience wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness or a persistent cough then you may have asthma. It’s important you talk to your GP and get it checked out.  Read More >

Save lives. Save 000 for emergencies

Save lives. Save 000 for emergencies

Health & Wellness

30-08-2018

Save lives. Save 000 for emergencies

There’s not a second to waste in the case of a real health emergency.When an ambulance is called to a non-emergency, it puts the lives of people in a life threatening emergency at risk.

We want Victorians to have confidence that in an emergency they will get the care they need, when they need it. That’s why we all should save triple zero calls and ambulances for emergencies… because there are alternatives.

There’s your local pharmacist who can provided treatment and advice for minor injuries and ailments helping Victorians save 000 for emergencies. Read More >

Risks of taking multiple medicines

Risks of taking multiple medicines

Health & Wellness

23-08-2018

About 2 in 5 Australians aged 50 and older, and 2 in 3 Australians aged 75 and older, take five or more medicines every day.Compared to those using fewer medicines, older Australians who take five or more medicines a day are twice as likely to report a side effect or other medicine problem. They are also seven times more likely to be taking medicines that could interact. Read More >

THE AMAZING BENEFITS OF OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS

THE AMAZING BENEFITS OF OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS

Health & Wellness

30-07-2018

Fish are one of nature’s superfoods and are packed full of important nutrients including protein, vitamins A and D; minerals iodine, iron, zinc and selenium, as well as special health-protective fats called Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs).

Fish oil helps to reduce inflammation throughout the body as well as a range of amazing other health benefits. Here are just some of the ways that omega-3s can boost your health. Read More >

Winter colds, flu and sniffles

Winter colds, flu and sniffles

Health & Wellness

06-06-2018

Winter brings with it colds, flu and sniffles, which is no fun for anybody.

Our team at Berwick Pharmacy is here to help you make it through.

💉 flu vaccines – we have stock of adult vaccines, which can be administered by our trained pharmacists. We are waiting on more supplies of children’s vaccines.
🤧 medicines to help relieve the symptoms of cold and flu, such as cough mixtures, decongestants for runny or blocked noses, and lozenges.
💊 vitamins to help support your immune system.
😷 vaporisers to help you breathe easier.

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Autism – a lifelong condition

Autism – a lifelong condition

Health & Wellness

24-05-2018

Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects how
people see their environment and relate to others. It is
characterised by differences in social communication and
behavioural patterns. People with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
can often have difficulty understanding other people’s feelings,
and can therefore respond in a way that might seem unusual or
confusing. They may also not use gestures and body language in
the same way that other people do. There is a wide variation or
spectrum in how people are affected and what they may feel and
show.
People with autism spectrum disorder can also prefer routines and
things happening in a certain way, such as taking the same route
to school or to the shops, or they may line up toys in a particular
order. If there is a change in routine without warning or something
is out of place this may upset them. People with autism spectrum
disorder may also have increased sensitivity to their environment, and may find loud noises or bright lights upsetting. They often have certain interests in particular topics, and can have extensive knowledge in their area of special interest. They can also have an impressive memory
for detail. Read More >