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Drug payments scheme: This scheme covers patients who are not covered by the medical card or long tem illness schemes. Individuals or families pay the pharmacist the first 85 euro per month of the cost of prescribed medicines and appliances. If the individual or family member has to obtain a prescription from a second pharmacy… Read more »

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Childhood eczema, sometimes called atopic or infantile eczema, is a fairly common hereditary condition, which affects one in every eight babies. The skin becomes irritated and inflamed. It feels very itchy, and the child instinctively scratches, which aggravates the condition and can lead to the skin becoming broken and raw, and even in severe cases… Read more »

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On foreign travels we are all too aware of some of the illnesses encountered, so a checklist of preparations, which might be useful to have with you, follows. Diarrhoea remedy such as Arret and rehydration sachets e.g. dioralyte. Travel sickness tablets e.g. Stugeron, Sealegs, and Joyrides. Obviously useful on rough sea crossings. Indigestion remedy e.g…. Read more »

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With the summer weather finally arriving and everyone spending more time outdoors this month I will discuss some common injuries. Insect stings & bites: Milder reactions resulting in itchy hives or rashes can be treated with antihistamines and/or hydrocortisone cream. If there are signs of anaphylactic shock ie. the face and neck start to swell, difficulty… Read more »

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As many as 12% of the population are believed to suffer from hay fever, and the incidence is thought to be increasing. Non-prescription treatments for hay fever are available in both oral and topical formulations. Antihistamines, decongestants and topical steroids are the main treatments used to combat the symptoms. Antihistamines: Antihistamines are generally effective in… Read more »

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Osteoporosis is a condition characterised by low bone mass, with a consequent increase in the bone fragility and therefore susceptibility to fracture. The condition has now become a well-recognised public health problem. With the population becoming older the problems associated with bone fracture in the elderly are set to rise. Bone Bone is a living… Read more »

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