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Menopause Symptoms and Management

Menopause Symptoms and Management

What is Menopause? Menopause is when women reach an age where they don't experience a menstrual period for 12 months. The average age of Menopause is around 51 years. It usually begins between the ages of 45 and 55. Every women's menopause experience is unique. Symptoms are generally more severe when Menopause occurs suddenly or over a shorter period of time. Prior to Menopause, periods become irregular, and women start to experience the symptoms of Menopause; this is known as perimenopause....

Hair loss (Alopecia)

Hair loss (Alopecia)

Hair loss (Alopecia) Hair loss known as Alopecia appears in many different ways. It can be temporary or permanent. It can be due to heredity, hormonal changes, medical conditions, medications or a normal part of aging. There are a lot of myths too! We will try to explain in this blog the normal process of the hair cycle. Understanding the normal hair cycle will enable us to differentiate between the different reasons for hair loss and the various treatments available. Normal...

Alcohol consumption, Alcoholism and the New Guidelines

Alcohol consumption, Alcoholism and the New Guidelines

Introduction Many Australians drink Alcohol in amounts that are harmful to their health. This kind of drinking can cause death, disease and injury and is a significant factor in ill health and social harm in Australia. Alcohol is the most widely used drug in Australia. People drink Alcohol for various reasons and in different social and cultural contexts, but Alcohol can cause harm to the person who drinks and sometimes to others around them. During the pandemic, some people have been drinking...

Tinnitus

Tinnitus

Tinnitus is the perception of hearing noises that not caused by an external source. Tinnitus involves the sensation of hearing sound when no external sound is present. Tinnitus symptoms may include these types of phantom noises in your ears: Ringing Buzzing Roaring Clicking Hissing Humming The phantom noise may vary in pitch from a low roar to a high squeal, and you may hear it in one or both ears. In some cases, the sound can be so loud it can...

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Reflux, Heartburn, Indigestion and GORD

People commonly come into the pharmacy to ask for advice on heartburn or reflux. The most frequently prescribed medications in Australia are for reflux.  In general, most people will attempt to self-treat their reflux or heartburn symptoms. However, receiving proper advice on medications and lifestyle measures can be of great value in treating reflux and preventing complications and sometimes drug interactions. GORD What are the symptoms of heartburn, indigestion and Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD)? Reflux is a normal process which occurs when...

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The Complex Story of Pain

What is Pain Pain is a warning system for our bodies, letting us know that there is a risk of damage happening. Pain is complex. It might be felt as mild discomfort, severe cramping, constant dull aches or short stabbing sensations. Pain can be classified as acute pain or chronic pain. Acute pain is short term (less than 3 months) and may include tissue damage from a back injury or ankle sprain. Generally, people with acute pain are encouraged to stay active...

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Complimentary Medicine

Natural supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbs and nutrients. Natural supplements are often grouped under the umbrella of complementary medicines. They have a role in complementing traditional medicines, maintaining health, preventing disease and easing disease. Complimentary Medicine therapy is best done in a partnership with your practitioner, as there are many factors to consider. This blog will discuss four main points: Essential nutrients that our bodies cannot manufacture, Variation in dosing and evidence of complementary medicines, Drug interactions between complementary medicines and conventional...

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The Common Cold and The Flu

Introduction The common cold and influenza (the flu) are viral infections of the upper respiratory tract. They have many overlapping symptoms. Both are acute illnesses, highly contagious and spread by respiratory droplets; and affect people of all ages. Your Pharmacist is ideally placed to assist you in managing your symptoms and provide education to minimise the spread of infection.   What is the difference between the common cold and influenza? The common cold and influenza are caused by different viruses, and only...

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COVID-19

  What is Coronavirus? In December 2019. The Chinese authorities notified the world that a virus was spreading through their communities. In the following months, it spread to other countries with cases doubling within days. This virus is a severe acute respiratory syndrome. This virus is named coronavirus 2 (SARs was Coronavirus 1). Coronavirus 2 causes the disease Covid-19 and that everyone simply calls coronavirus.   How the Coronavirus Spreads A virus is really just a hull around genetic material and a few proteins...