Do you develop dry skin in winter?

Do you develop dry skin in winter?

Health & Wellness

18-06-2019

Winter can be a tricky time for people with dry skin, especially if they have dermatitis or eczema.

Ensure skin has the moisture and protection it needs with the QV range of skincare and bath products. All formulated to be gentle on irritated skin.

Some tips which may help:
💦 Avoid overheating, which can make skin itchier and more irritated. Wear layers of clothing so you can take them off as you warm up.
💦 Avoid clothes made from scratchy materials. You may find 100% cotton to be soft and warm.
💦 Apply moisturisers immediately after bathing as they will be absorbed better.

If you have skin conditions, speak to one of team to see whether any of these products might be suitable for you and for more advice.

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Talking through problems

Talking through problems

Health & Wellness

20-05-2019

 
  • Talking about your problems can release pent-up feelings. 
  • Talking to someone outside of the situation may help you to find a solution to the problem. 
  • If you don’t think you can discuss the problem with anyone you know, you can call a confidential telephone counselling service.

It can be hard to talk to people about how you feel. You may be worried that they won’t take your feelings seriously. You may also be worried about what will happen after you tell them your problems.

If you think you don’t know anyone who will listen, you can call a confidential counselling service. Kids Helpline (Tel. 1800 551 800) and Lifeline (Tel. 13 11 14) are telephone counselling services that are available 24 hours a day.

Talk to someone you trust

Talking to someone you trust about something upsetting may help you to:

  • sort through the problem 
  • see the situation more clearly
  • look at the problem in a new or different way
  • release built-up tension – this can help you to gain new insight into the situation that is causing the problem
  • find out that you are not alone – you may find that many other people share your feelings
  • identify options or solutions you hadn’t thought of before.

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We need to continue to immunise against measles

We need to continue to immunise against measles

Health & Wellness

23-04-2019

Measles is a contagious viral illness that causes a skin rash and fever. Serious and sometimes fatal complications include pneumonia and encephalitis (brain inflammation). Measles is also known as rubeola, not to be confused with rubella (German measles). Worldwide, measles is the fifth highest cause of illness and death in children.Measles is rare in Australia because of the widespread use of the measles vaccine. It is important to continue immunising children in Australia, because there is a risk that the infection can be brought in by people arriving or returning from overseas. Read More >

Get your flu shoot soon

Get your flu shoot soon

Health & Wellness

28-03-2019

Don’t underestimate the flu. Nearly 1-in-10 Australians hospitalised with the flu are admitted to the ICU. Speak to your community pharmacist about getting your flu shot today.

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Measles – signs and symptoms

Measles – signs and symptoms

Health & Wellness

15-03-2019

Measles is a contagious viral illness that causes a skin rash and fever. Serious and sometimes fatal complications include pneumonia and encephalitis (brain inflammation). Measles is also known as rubeola, not to be confused with rubella (German measles). Worldwide, measles is the fifth highest cause of illness and death in children.Measles is rare in Australia because of the widespread use of the measles vaccine. It is important to continue immunising children in Australia, because there is a risk that the infection can be brought in by people arriving or returning from overseas.

Symptoms of measles

The signs and symptoms of measles may include:

  • fever
  • general discomfort, illness or lack of wellbeing (malaise)
  • runny nose
  • dry cough
  • sore and red eyes (conjunctivitis)
  • red and bluish spots inside the mouth (Koplik’s spots)
  • red and blotchy skin rash that appears first on the face and hairline, and then spreads to the body.

10 tips for summer food safety

10 tips for summer food safety

Health & Wellness

16-01-2019

Cooking meat on a bbq - 1050x600Did you know food poisoning is more common in summer than at any other time of the year? This is because bacteria grow faster in hot and humid weather. In the right conditions, bacteria can multiply quickly and contaminate food. Read More >

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 >