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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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Articles in Herpes simplex virus

NHS Choices - Introduction

(15/04/2014)

Cold sores are small blisters that usually develop on the lips or around the mouth. They are caused by the herpes simplex virus.

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NHS Choices - Symptoms of cold sores

(15/04/2014)

You will not usually have any symptoms when you first develop the herpes simplex virus (a primary infection). An outbreak of cold sores may occur sometime later.

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NHS Choices - Causes of cold sores

(15/04/2014)

Cold sores are usually caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). Occasionally, they can also be caused by the herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2).

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NHS Choices - Treating cold sores

(15/04/2014)

Cold sores usually clear up without treatment within 7 to 10 days. Antiviral creams can be used to ease your symptoms and speed up the healing time.

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NHS Choices - Complications of cold sores

(27/11/2014)

Infections caused by the cold sore virus are often mild and usually disappear without treatment. However, in rare cases, they can cause complications.

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NHS Choices - Preventing cold sores

(15/04/2014)

It is not possible to prevent infection with the herpes simplex virus or outbreaks of cold sores, but you can take steps to minimise the spread of infection.

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