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Are you self-diagnosing or leading yourself astray?

Posted by Kevin Coneely on

Our actions and the directions we take, when it comes to looking after our pains and aches can seem logical and well thought out. Prior experience and our understanding of how the body works and feels can be the map we use to fix our pain problem and if this does not work we seek help or further information from health professionals and sometimes Dr Google. Technology and how we get health information has advanced considerably in the last number of years and this has had both a good and bad impact on our health. Getting to a state of...

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Some helpful study and exam preparation tips

Posted by Eamonn Brady on

An old saying goes, “You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind”; the same is true for exams; worrying will not help but study will.   With exams looming, stress levels are rising. Essentially it is time to clear the “desk” of guilt and regret for what appear to be many lost hours not devoted to study. It may very well be the situation; however it is essential to realise that there is still a considerable amount of time left to prepare for the looming exams. It is important not to lose hope or minimise expectations....

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Eczema in Children

Posted by Eamonn Brady on

Eczema affects over 30 per cent of children before they reach school age and 1-3 per cent of adults in the UK. It is likely that its frequency in Ireland is similar to the UK. It is very often inherited.  There is very often a link with asthma and hay fever. Eczema has become more common in recent years, the cause of this is uncertain. Triggers include specific allergies to foods, overheating, infection, wool next to the skin, cat and dog fur, soaps, detergents, house dust mites and pollen.  Extreme hot and cold, humidity, and hormonal changes in women (caused...

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Eczema: Prescription medication options (Part 1

Posted by Eamonn Brady on

Eamonn Brady is a pharmacist and the owner of Whelehans Pharmacy, Pearse St, Mullingar. If you have any health questions e-mail them to info@whelehans.ie Last week I discussed how the initial approach to eczema involves avoidance of exacerbating factors and hydrating the skin. This week and next week I discuss prescription options which may be required for resistant cases. Apart from Hydrodrocortisone 1% Cream (available over the counter from pharmacies after consultation with your pharmacist), all the treatments mentioned in this article can only be prescribed by a medical professional and must be used under strict supervision from your healthcare...

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Eczema: Prevention is better than cure

Posted by Eamonn Brady on

Eamonn Brady is a pharmacist and the owner of Whelehans Pharmacy, Pearse St, Mullingar. If you have any health questions e-mail them to info@whelehans.ie For this article, I concentrate on the most common type of eczema, atopic eczema. However, the treatment of atopic and non-atopic eczema is similar. The Greek word atopy means “out of place” and describes the group of disorders including eczema, asthma and allergic rhinitis and which are genetically linked. Triggers include specific allergies to foods, overheating, secondary infection, wool next to the skin, cat and dog fur, soaps, detergents, house dust mites and pollen.  Extreme hot...

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