Malaria may not be something that we have to worry about here in the UK, but if you are planning a holiday then it might be something you’ll need to consider. Protecting against malaria is increasingly important as the number travelling overseas continues to rise.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, are medicines that are widely used to relieve symptoms of pain. However, NSAIDs are more than just pain relievers - they can also be used to help reduce inflammation and tackle fevers, colds and flu and even affect the way that blood clots. This, along with other effects may be good in some cases but not so beneficial in others, so NSAIDs are not suitable for everyone and can sometimes cause troublesome side effects.
There's nothing like a sunny day to boost your mood, or your tan, but spending time in the sun can be risky if you don't take the proper precautions. While small amounts of sun is good for your health, there’s no safe way to get a good tan. Too much sun exposure can lead to sunburn and more serious long-term consequences. Aim to strike a balance between protecting yourself from the sun and getting enough vitamin D from sunlight.
Instant eCare recently commissioned a survey on CBD usage in the UK. Since CBD oil and other cannabidiol products were legalised in the UK in 2018, many different products have entered the market, including oil, capsules, vape oil and gel tabs. CBD products are currently sold as a food supplement, until more in-depth research can be done on the medical benefits that CBD may have. However, many people have already anecdotally reported that CBD products have a positive impact on numerous areas of their physical and mental wellbeing. We wanted to see how and why people are using CBD products in the UK now.
The safety of medicines is important. Every time we purchase over-the-counter painkillers or receive a prescription from a pharmacy, we place a huge amount of trust in the supply chain, trusting that the medicine we’ve just received is legitimate and safe to take.
Allergic rhinitis is a condition where the inside of the nose becomes inflamed, due to reacting with an allergen. Allergic rhinitis could be triggered by anything from pollen or dust, to mould, or animal dander (tiny flakes of skin from certain animals). It is estimated that one in every five people in the UK suffer from this condition (NHS.uk, 2019).
Antidepressants are medicines that are designed to treat clinical depression but can also be used to treat conditions such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Generalised Anxiety Disorder.
Dihydrocodeine Tartrate, usually referred to as Dihydrocodeine, is a pain relief medication that is part of the opioid analgesics group of medicines. It works by reducing the intensity of the pain signals that the body sends to the brain through the central nervous system, mimicking the endorphins produced by the body, to give a pain-relieving effect.
Codeine Phosphate is often simply referred to as Codeine. It is a type of pain relief medicine that belongs to a group of medications known as opioid analgesics.
Arthritis is a common, yet painful condition used by doctors to describe pain, swelling and stiffness in a joint or joints (versusarthritis.org, 2019). There are several different types of arthritis affecting around 10 million people in the UK (nhsinform.scot, 2019) and the most common symptoms of the disease include stiffness, swelling and reddened skin around the area affected. Although commonly associated with the older generation, arthritis and joint pain can affect people of all ages, including children. Once you are diagnosed with a specific type of arthritis there will be different types of pain relief available to you, all working to ensure that your day to day life remains as active as possible.