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Get Active in 2019: Tips to achieve your New Year’s fitness goals

Getting more active is one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions made every January, as thousands look to spark a positive change in their well being and shed their holiday pounds. Gyms around the country reach their peak capacity as members new and old arrive full of motivation and ambition, yet many find it... Read more >

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Wheezing or Sneezing? Ask A Pharmacist with Jane Brennan

Jane Brennan of Life Pharmacy Donabate answers some of the most commonly asked questions about cold & flu. Why are a cold and flu so prevalent in winter? Flu and the common cold circulate more at this time of year especially in areas with larger groups, for example in workplaces and schools. It’s not too late to get... Read more >

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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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Articles in Herpes zoster virus

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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