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Category: Health

Ovelle Menthol & Wintergreen Cream is Back!

Posted: Mon, 07 September 2015, 16:58

This week we welcomed Menthol & Wintergreen Cream, by Ovelle Pharmaceuticals, back onto our shelves. This product has been unavailable since the beginning of the summer but we are happy to now have Menthol & Wintergreen Cream available to buy again.

This traditional cream is very popular for the relief of joint pain and muscle pain. It is also very useful for massaging into muscles before or after a workout or exercise. It provides pain relief without many of the very strong smells like some other products in this category.

This non greasy, easily absorbed product can be massaged into the afected area several times each day.

Use for: Symptomatic relief of muscular pains, lumbago, rheumatic pain, fibrositis and strains.

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FLEXISEQ Sport

Posted: Fri, 03 April 2015, 15:59

Flexiseq Sport Gel

FLEXISEQ Sport has arrived in Ireland and inishpharmacy.com are dleighted to be the exclusive retailers of FLEXISEQ Sport Gel 100g!

After the successful launch of FLEXISEQ Sport Gel in UK in January 2015, sports people in Ireland can now avail of this revolutionary product to both ease joint pain and help protect the cartilage within joints during physical activity. FLEXISEQ Sport has now been endorsed by the medical teams of Saracens Rugby Club, Leicester Tigers Rugby Club and a wide range of top class professional athletes such as Ireland rugby star Cian Helay, whose use of FLEXISEQ port helped him recover from a long injury layoff to being a pivotal part of Ireland's run to winning the 2015 RBS Six Nations Championship. Check out who else is using FLEXISEQ Sport.

FLEXISEQ Sport Gel

  • Lubricates the joints
  • Relieves joint pain and stiffness
  • Effective none drug treatment
  • Longer lasting 100g pack (exclusivie to Inish Pharmacy)

FLEXISEQ Sport is designed for athletes and active individuals who find their sporting activities tough on their joints. FLEXISEQ Gel, the product's predecessor, was created by ProBono Bio in 2013 and became a huge success. The product revolutionised the treatment of oesteoarthritis, with patient's experiencing less joint pain, increased movement and less stiffness, without the need for anti-inflammatory drugs.

FLEXISEQ® Sport is an injection-free biolubricant that maintains active joints that are either compromised by arthritic symptoms or those that are at higher risk of suffering wear and tear. The topically applied gel provides Joint Lubrication Therapy by delivering Sequessome™ vesicles to joints which coat the cartilage surfaces to minimise friction and wear.

FLEXISEQ® Sport is being used across sporting disciplines as a drug-free solution to joint pain and stiffness as well as an additional step in players’ rehabilitation and after-care. Replacing painkillers (such as commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) saves sportsmen and women from the well documented risks of side effects.


Chilblains

Posted: Wed, 07 January 2015, 21:44

The Cold Winter & Chilblains

At this time of year, the cold damp weather can result in a number of ailments and conditions that always seem to make the winter longer and harder to deal with. One of these conditions, is chilblains.

Chilblains are small red, itchy swellings that occur as your body reacts to cold temperatures, particularly if you go straight from the cold to in front of a direct heat source such as the fire or radiator. They are most common on the toes, heals and fingers but can also occur on the nose and ears. The burning sensation and itch only intensifies when you go into a warm room or into bed.

Chilblains occur, because in cold conditions, small veins and arteries in the skin get narrower to keep blood warm. In sudden warmth after cold conditions, the small surface blood vessels in the extremities can't handle the fast expansion and blood flow. The result is swelling with burning and itching sensations.

Chilblains will normally resolve themselves in a week or two, but most people will probably want something to treat them before that. If not looked after, the skin can break and the chilblain can become infected. If the skin is unbroken, a mild topical steroid cream such as Cortopin 1% or HC45, applied up to twice daily for up to seven days will help reduce the swelling and itching feeling. Other ointments such as White Tiger Balm (cooling), Lanolin Ointment or a product called Snowfire that contains natural essential oils, can be useful. These can be massaged into the area gently to help soothe the chilblain and ease the burning feeling. People who have circulation problems and smokers are more prone to chilblains. As such, it is a good idea to try keep fingers and feet warm and moving to aid circulation. Tight shoes and socks should also be avoided as they can prevent blood flow to the feet, so instead try to wear warm but loose fitting socks and shoes. Wearing warm gloves will also help.

If you have been out in the cold for a prolonged period of time, try to warm up the extremities gradually rather than immediately. A common cause is going from the cold with damp feet into the car and having the car heaters blowing hot air directly onto the feet straight away. If you are a diabetic, then you should take extra care with your feet, as you may be more prone to complications. Preventing your feet from getting too cold in the first place is the best way of preventing chilblains.


Looking afteer your skin at winter..

Posted: Tue, 09 December 2014, 10:53

Winter plays havoc on skin leaving it dry, dehydrated and, if you are very unfortunate it can also leave it chapped. You can wrap up like an eskimo, but the cold air will still find a way. So here are our top tips to keeping your skin in top condition easily.

By incorporating these simple products into your daily skincare regime, you’ll feel the benefits in a matter of days.


Winter Illness

Posted: Mon, 27 October 2014, 09:01

Winter Illness Tips

As winter approaches, we are into that time of year where coughs, colds and flu become a lot more prominent. While some of us may reach the springtime without succombing to some sort of winter illness, most people will catch some sort of winter cold or flu during this time. These conditions may vary from blocked or runny nose, cough and fever to vomiting and diarhhoea. They can last from a few days to over a week, but even better is if we do not get sick like this in the first place. Here are some of my favourite tips to try avoid picking up one of these infections in the first place and how to best cope if you do get sick.

 

Get vaccinated against Influenza.

Getting the ‘flu-jab’ each year protects against seasonal influenza, which many people refer to as flu. This is one of the more serious winter infections we come into contact with each year and is responsible for numerous hospital stays and even deaths every winter. People with existing medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes or pregnant women are all strongly recommended to get the vaccine. Fortunately, the vaccine is available in community pharmacies and in numerous clinics at local health centres. New plans to vaccinate children in schools should help minimise spread of influenza further.

 

Wash your hands regularly.

This sounds like a very simple step, but it is probably the most effective thing you can do to prevent becoming infected. Most winter infections are spread by airborne droplets after an infected person coughs or sneezes, but you can introduce these germs into your body by touching your mouth, nose or eyes with your hands or fingers that have come into contact with these droplets. By washing your hands properly and regularly throughout the day, you can help reduce the chance of getting ill.

 


A New Way to Manage Diarrhoea in Babies and Children

Posted: Sat, 27 September 2014, 11:19

It's been a frequent scene; a tired and worried mother or father enters the pharmacy and explains they have a young child with diarrhoea. After a few questions from the pharmacist, the parent can't hide that feeling of disappointment when they are told that there is no treatment aimed at simply stopping diarrhoea in a child, and that the best form of treatment is oral rehydration therapy.

Oral rehydration therapy (O.R.T.) is central to the management of diarrhoea, with the main aim to prevent complications that can result from dehydration. This can be particularly important in babies and young children, who can become dehydrated very quickly while suffering form diarrhoea.

When using O.R.T. parents have to wait until the condition runs it's course. For many parents, this can be an anxious wait while they see their child ill. There is however, an new product that offers a different approach to the management of diarrhoea in children.

Dioclear is a new product that can offer relief of diarrhoea symptoms in children from the age of 1 year old. Dioclear contains Diosmectite, which is a natural clay-type substance that has strong adsorbent properties due to its very large surface area. It can bind bacteria and other substances which can cause diarrhoea, as well as absorbing water from the large intestine. Dioclear also protects the intestinal wall by reinforcing the intestinal mucus barrier.

This means that a child with diarrhoea can get better, sooner, and that is the most important thing. Dioclear is effective at reducing the length of time a child has diarrhoea, as well as reducing the frequency of loose stools. The end result is also a lower chance of complications from diarrhoea.

Regardless of this new treatment option, we must not overlook the importance of oral rehydration therapy. Replacing the lost fluid, salts and electrolytes using O.R.T. is key to preventing complications and aiding recovery. By combining Dioclear with O.R.T. such as Dioralyte to replace lost fluids, you can give your child the best chance of recovering from diarrhoea quickly and safely.

Dioclear is available in packs of 8 sachets. Children aged 1-6 years can use 1-2 sachets per day. Children aged 6-12 can use 2-3 sachets per day and adults can take a sachet of Dioclear three times each day.


Back to School Vitamins

Posted: Wed, 27 August 2014, 18:47

Summer, don't go! As August draws to a close, we could be forgiven for wishing for a few more weeks of long evenings and warm(ish) weather. Children up and down the country will be heading back to school this week, with many parents celebrating the start of September and many others busy preparing for what the new school year might bring.

Our first blog will concern back to school vitamins and supplements. These days there are a huge number of children's supplements available, containing a wide range of vitamins, minerals, fish oils, fibre and much more.

Firstly, not everyone will necessarily benefit from taking some sort of vitamin or supplement. With a broad, balanced diet, it's possible for your child to get all the nutrients they need. However, the majority of children (and adults) do not get the well balanced diet they could. This could be down to a number of factors, such as bad habits, taste preferences, reluctance to try new foods, budget restrictions or time constraints...it's not easy!
With children, it can be more difficult, with some kids not fond of eating fruit, vegetables or fish. These foods contain important nutrients that help support growth, energy levels and even brain function and concentration.

Getting ready during the breakfast time rush and then spending the day at school can take a while to get used to again and some children can get a bit run down and show increased signs of tiredness. Indeed, some children may be more prone to picking up an illness in the weeks after they start back at school, especially if they are a bit run down. Many parents will visit their local pharmacy and ask about a good vitamin or 'tonic' for their kids in late August/early September.