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Cold & Flu – Ask A Pharmacist with Anne Smyth

Life Pharmacy’s Anne Smyth answers some of the most commonly asked questions about cold & flu – featured in the Irish Independent’s ‘Mother & babies’ supplement 5 December 2018. Why are a cold and flu so prevalent in winter? It’s a time of year when our immune systems need to be at its best. My advice is to be... Read more >

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World Diabetes Day – Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

November 14th is World Diabetes Day, which aims to draw attention to the condition that is becoming increasingly prevalent in both young and old generations. To support this cause, selected Life Pharmacies are offering FREE Diabetes Care & Blood Glucose Screening to Life Loyalty customers when they swipe their loyalty cards from November 14th to 21st. What is Diabetes?... Read more >

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Men’s Health – Ask a Pharmacist with Vincent Dempsey

Life Pharmacy’s Vincent Dempsey tackles some commonly asked questions about men’s health – featured in the Irish Independent’s ‘Mother & babies’ supplement 7 November 2018. Movember is upon us once again, which signals the time to put down your razor. But what most people see as a great excuse not to shave is actually a really important movement... Read more >

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NHS Choices - Introduction

(13/02/2015)

Chickenpox is a mild and common childhood illness that most children catch at some point.

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NHS Choices - Symptoms of chickenpox

(03/02/2015)

The most commonly recognised chickenpox symptom is a red rash that can cover the entire body. You or your child may also have some mild flu-like symptoms.

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NHS Choices - Causes of chickenpox

(31/07/2014)

Chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. You catch it by coming into contact with someone who is infected.

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NHS Choices - Diagnosing chickenpox

(31/07/2014)

You or your child should not usually need any medical tests to diagnose chickenpox. You can be pretty sure that it is chickenpox if there are the key symptoms of a mild fever followed by an itchy rash, with blisters and scabs.

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NHS Choices - Caring for your child with chickenpox

(19/03/2015)

There is no cure for the virus that causes chickenpox but it usually clears up by itself without treatment. However, you can take steps to ease the symptoms.

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NHS Choices - Complications of chickenpox

(26/02/2015)

Complications of chickenpox are rare in healthy children. The most common complication is where the blisters become infected with bacteria.

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NHS Choices - Preventing the spread of chickenpox

(19/03/2015)

If you have chickenpox, stay off work and at home until you're no longer infectious, which is until the last blister has burst and crusted over. This usually happens five or six days after the rash begins.

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