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Monthly Archives: January 2013

  • Put a STOP to your Cold Sore today!

    cold soreCold sores usually appear on lips or nearby. A tingling feeling is sometimes felt and then small blisters develop. Cold sores usually clear up by themselves without any treatment within 7-10 days however, there are anti-viral creams available. If these are used correctly, it can ease the symptoms and speed up the healing time.

     

     

     


    WHAT MAY TRIGGER COLD SORES TO OCCUR?

    Cold sores are usually caused by a virus which stays in the body. When someone is ill the body weakens its fight against the cold sore virus and this triggers a cold sore to develop.

     

    1. Being ill with a viral or other illness may trigger off a cold sore.

    2. Stress or worrying may trigger off a cold sore

    3. Sunlight may trigger off a cold core.

     

    ARE COLD SORES INFECTIOUS TO OTHERS?

    It is best to avoid contact of your cold sore with any other persons skin, other wise there is a risk that you may spread the cold sore to that person. Whilst having a cold sore it is best to avoid kissing babies or anyone with a weak immune system.


    Sunscreen lip balms for cold sores

    If you develop cold sores in response to strong sunlight, sunscreen lip balms may prevent a cold sore developing. There are also lip balms to use when a cold sore appears.

     

    nivea lip care                                       carmex                                         blistex

    Nivea Lip Care Sun Spf25                 Carmex Lip Balm spf15                             Blistex Lip Splash spf15      

    £3.46                                                      £2.55                                                               £3.05

     

    Painkillers for Cold Sores

    Some cold sores can become quite painful and painkillers can be used to ease the pain. Medicines like Paracetamol or Ibuprofen will help alleviate the pain.

     

    Anti-viral creams for Cold Sore

    Anti-viral creams fight the virus which causes cold sores, they work best if used as soon as the symptoms start.

     

    lypsyl             vantage clearsore  Zovirax                  cymex ultra

    Lypsyl Cold Sore Gel        Vantage Clearsore Cream     Zovirax Cold Sore cream       Cymex Ultra Cream

    £2.91                                     £1.89                                            £6.60                                          £2.91

     

    Anti-viral Tablets for Cold Sores

    Anti-viral tablets fight the virus which causes cold sores, they work best if used as soon as the symptoms start.  These are more helpful if cold sores extend into the nose or if the cold sores are particularly severe. The products below require a prescription, if you do not have a prescription click here to obtain a prescription and medication using our Online Doctor Consultation Service.

     

    aciclovir tablets 200mg                           aciclovir tablets 200mg

    Aciclovir 200mg (5 day course) 25 Tablets                     Aciclovir 200mg (25 day course) 25 Tablets

    £20.98                                                                                       £20.98

     

    It is best to read the medication pack leaflet carefully before you use any medication. If you have any side effects or if symptoms persist, you should discuss this with your usual medical practitioner.

     The above information is only to help you select the product you may require and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical conditions.   Although care has been taken in providing this information, Medicines2u.com gives no guarantee or assurance for the accuracy of the information and you should consult a doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional.

  • Effective Treatment For Indigestion & Heartburn

    Indigestion is usually felt as pain, burning or discomfort in the upper abdomen, including a feeling of fullness and bloating. You may also feel sick or feel like belching up wind. Occasionally, heartburn can be a symptom of Indigestion, its a burning pain that usually starts in the chest, behind the breastbone It is quite common for people to have Indigestion and can be caused by several things including:


    1. Eating particular foods or eating too much high-fibre foods

    2. Drinking too much caffeineindigestion

    3. Eating too fast or too much

    4. Eating fatty or spicy foods

    5. Consuming a lot of alcohol

    6. Cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder)

    7. Chronic or acute gastritis (inflammation of the stomach)

    8. Duodenal ulcer/Gastric ulcer

    9. Antibiotics, Aspirins or Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)


    HOW CAN I PREVENT INDIGESTION?

    It may be helpful to avoid spicy or acidic food. It is best not to miss meals , reducing caffeine intake (caffeine is found in tea, coffee, chocolate, cola drinks- it is better to have decaffeinated drinks). If possible it is best to refrain from the things listed above.  As mentioned medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, glucosamine, devils claw or related medications may cause indigestion. Smoking cigarettes can make indigestion worse.

     

    HOW CAN I TREAT INDIGESTION?

    Antacids for Indigestion

    Antacids help by neutralising stomach acid. Antacids are best taken on as "as required" basis dose and usually give quick relief in mild indigestion. There are many brands which you can buy. You can also get some on prescription. If you have mild or infrequent bouts or dyspepsia you may find that antacids used "as required" are all that you need.

     

    gaviscon                                      pepto bismo                                        gaviscon cool liquid

     

    Gaviscon Advance Liquid 300ml         Pepto Bismol Liquid 480ml          Gaviscon Cool Liquid 300ml

    £7.00                                                          £7.66                                                   £6.47

     

    rennie                gaviscon tabs             settlers

    Rennie Deflatine 18 Tablets           Gaviscon Peppermint 16 Tablets             Setlers Antacid 36 Tablets

    £3.26                                                    £3.27                                                                 £1.99

     

    H2 Antagonists for Indigestion

    These medications are helpful for persistent symptoms. They reduce the amount of acid production and help reduce indigestion.

     

    ranitidine tabs           zantac 75          gavilast

    Vantage Ranitidine 6 Tablets
              Zantac Relief 6 Tablets                    Gavilast 12 Tablets

    £2.85                                                        £2.30                                                 £4.32

     

    Proton Pump Inhibitors for Indigestion

    These medications reduce or completely block acid production and help reduce indigestion. A four week course should stop indigestion and then they can be taken on an "as required" basis or stepping down to antacids is another option. You are bale to purchase these using our Doctor Consultation Service, simply click on the product you require below:

    lansoprazole 15mg   lansoprazole 30mg   Omeprazole 10mg   Omeprazole 20mg

     

    Lansoprazole 15mg         Lansoprazole 30mg             Omeprazole 10mg           Omeprazole 20mg

    £18.99                                  £19.59                                      18.95                                    18.95


    For further products, visit our Doctor Consultation Service now.

     

    WHAT IF MY INDIGESTION IS NO BETTER?

    If Proton Pump Inhibitors have been tried for 4 weeks with no relief or or if symptoms persist then further tests may be required. Testing for Helicobacter Pylori (a bacterium which caused indigestion) or a Gastroscopy (involving use of a flexible camera to look inside your stomach) may be required. If symptoms persist you should seek advice from your General Practitioner.

    You are able to use a test kit for the diagnosis of Helicobacter Pylori called Diabact UBT 50mg, visit your local pharmacy for further advice.

     

    WHAT SYMPTOMS SHOULD I WORRY ABOUT?

    Some types of indigestion can be more serious. If you have dyspepsia and you have any of the symptoms including, black bowel motions, food gets stuck when swallowing, brown coffee ground type vomiting or black bowel motions you should urgently seek a consultation with your General Practitioner.

     

    It is best to read the medication pack leaflet carefully before you use any medication. If you have any side effects or if symptoms persist, you should discuss this with your usual medical practitioner.

     The above information is only to help you select the product you may require and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical conditions.   Although care has been taken in providing this information, Medicines2u.com gives no guarantee or assurance for the accuracy of the information and you should consult a doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional.

     

     

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