Cold Sores Treatment

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There are hundreds of cold sores treatment products on the market and it can be daunting to know which remedies work to treat them. Cold sores are incredibly common, in fact, according to the Herpes Viruses Association seven out of 10 people in the UK carry the virus, but only one in three show symptoms.

What is a cold sore?

Cold sores are a condition caused by the infection of the herpes simplex virus. As mentioned above, nearly all of us have this virus in our bodies and it normally remains dormant where it resides in the sensory nerve cells near the site of infection.
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How To Get Rid Of Warts

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Warts are small protrusions or raised lumps, which are caused by a viral infection often arising as a result of broken skin or a compromised immune system. The virus responsible is the human papillomavirus, HPV, of which there are many strains.

There are many different types of warts varying in shape and the site of infection; ranging from the common wart (verruca vulgaris) to genital warts and each type of wart comes from a different strain.

Warts are viruses living within skin with the blood vessels actually feeding the virus ensuring it carries on thriving. This is the reason why removal of warts can often be painful because it is attached to the capillaries and embedded in the skin. Often you can see black dots at the site which are clotted blood vessels feeding the wart. Read More…

The Most Common Holiday Problems Solved

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Most of us do not worry about our holiday health until we come down with something and then rush to the local pharmacy trying to explain the symptoms. Some forward planning can make this unnecessary since most common problems are easily preventable or treatable. I have put together some of the most common summer concerns that our customers contact me about, giving brief explanations and possible ways to prevent or treat them.

How to fend off traveller’s tummy

When people travel abroad, especially to developing countries, their risk of becoming ill increases. Your holiday can be ruined by unsafe or contaminated food. Many places outside of Europe do not have the investment and regulation for water supply, refuse disposal and sewerage that we take for granted in the UK. Food poisoning on holiday is often cause by contaminated or tainted water, poor hygiene by food handlers, contamination of food by insects such as flies and wasps and numerous other possible causal factors.

The normal treatment for food poisoning is prescribed antibiotics and whilst they perform their role of destroying the harmful bacteria, they are not without side effects and can disrupt the balance of the good bacteria in our gut. This does not mean that you should not take antibiotics when you have food poisoning, but you may be able to prevent this concern or certainly replace the good bacteria lost through antibiotic usage by using a good probiotic. Read More…

Preventing Prickly Heat

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Prickly heat, also known as heat rash, is one of those skin problems that few of us give a seconds thought until we’re on holiday and the uncomfortable, itchy rash appears across our chest and arms. It’s a common issue that plenty of Brits suffer with after a long day at the beach or by the pool. With the summer holiday season just around the corner, we’ve outlined the key methods of treatment and prevention to ensure heat rash doesn’t put a dampener on your break.

What is prickly heat?

Prickly Heat, also known as miliaria or heat rash, is a skin condition that occurs in hot, humid weather conditions when small particles of sweat block the sweat glands causing a rash to appear on the body. The rash can develop anywhere on the body, but it most commonly occurs on the face, neck, back, chest and thighs. It is composed of tiny spots or bumps that are surrounded by an area of red inflamed and itchy skin. The trapped sweat causes localised irritation and the characteristic heat rash.

Whilst prickly heat can also occur during the winter months in those that sweat excessively, there is a theory that it is the exposure of the skin to the sun, that in some, causes a photochemical reaction which releases compounds that can cause excessive sweating resulting in the blockage of the sweat glands and the characteristic rash. Read More…

Join The Retro Remedy Revival

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This article has been reproduced by kind permission of The Mail on Sunday YOU Magazine.

When GP Dr Rob Hicks was growing up, his family often used natural remedies from the garden or kitchen. ‘It wasn’t because they were particularly passionate about them, or against other kinds of medicine, but the belief that you didn’t trouble the doctor unless something was serious,’ he says. At work, he offers patients natural remedies and complementary therapies as well as conventional treatments. And now, so we can safely treat ourselves, Dr Hicks has put them in a book, called ‘Old-Fashioned Remedies from Arsenic to Gin’ – here are his tips for spring. Read More…