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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 Food allergy

NHS Choices - Introduction

(19/03/2015)

A food allergy is when the body's immune system reacts unusually to specific foods. Allergic reactions are often mild, but they can sometimes be very serious.

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NHS Choices - Symptoms of a food allergy

(19/03/2015)

Symptoms of a food allergy include a raised, itchy red rash, swelling of the face, eyes, lips, tongue, and a shortness of breath.

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NHS Choices - Causes of a food allergy

(19/03/2015)

A food allergy is caused when your immune system mistakenly treats harmless proteins found in certain foods as a threat. It releases a number of chemicals, which then triggers an allergic reaction.

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NHS Choices - Diagnosing food allergy

(19/03/2015)

If you think you or your child has a food allergy, make an appointment with your GP.

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NHS Choices - Living with a food allergy

(19/03/2015)

There is no cure for food allergies, although many children will grow out of certain ones, such as allergies to milk and eggs. The most effective way you can prevent symptoms is to remove the offending food (known as an allergen) from their diet.

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NHS Choices - Treating a food allergy

(19/03/2015)

Once you have been diagnosed as having a food allergy, you will receive advice about antihistamines, adrenaline and using an auto-injector.

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NHS Choices - Alexis' story

(02/05/2014)

Alexis Manning has been allergic to peanuts for most of his life

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NHS Choices - Jane's story

(02/05/2014)

Jane Bell is mother to Lilly, born in August 1997, who developed multiple allergies in her first few months of life. This is Jane and Lilly’s story.

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NHS Choices - 'Be vigilant in restaurants and other social functions'

(02/05/2014)

Sheila Coovrey from Bedfordshire, has lived with a fish allergy for most of her life.

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