At Pharmacy Store your privacy matters and we take pride in being there for you. Our friendly staff and highly professional pharmacists are always available to answer your questions and provide advice that you can trust. But we also understand that sometimes things can be difficult to speak about; especially when it comes to personal conditions that you may feel awkward or embarrassed about. Our pharmacists of course treat all of our customers with the utmost respect and are more than happy to speak with you confidentially in one of our private consultation rooms. So you can be sure that your privacy will be maintained to the highest level should you choose to visit one of our pharmacies.
Many conditions that may seem like cause for embarrassment are actually very common and affect more people than you may realise. Most of these common conditions can be easily treated with non-prescription, over the counter medicines.
As summer comes to an end and the kids head back to school, threadworm infections become more common. Threadworm as the name suggests, are tiny worms, resembling small pieces of white cotton thread. They like to make themselves at home in the large intestine and can cause significant itching and discomfort to infected individuals. It’s not just kids who are susceptible to thread worm either. Their means of reproduction causes them to spread very easily from one person to another. So if someone in your household becomes infected, others will likely develop symptoms as well. Threadworm can however be quickly and easily treated with a readily available medicine called Vermox. It comes in chewable tablets and in an easy to swallow solution so it is ideal for treating the whole family. Bear in mind that threadworm eggs can remain on surfaces or inside the body without causing any overt symptoms for quite some time, so we would recommend everyone in the household to be treated even if only one or two members show symptoms. This will help to prevent the uncomfortable cycle beginning once again.
Haemorrhoids, or Piles as they are sometime known, are small swellings that can occur inside and around the bottom or anus. The swellings themselves are the result of enlarged blood vessels in the rectum or anus and can bring with them a range of very unpleasant symptoms from itching and discomfort to bleeding and pain. As we all have blood vessels in this area of our bodies, just about anybody can be affected by Haemorrhoids at any stage of their lives. The actual causes of Haemorrhoids are diverse; they can be caused by pre-existing conditions, pregnancy, low-fibre diets or even from sitting for long periods on the toilet. In chronic cases Haemorrhoids can require surgical intervention, however most cases are relatively minor and can be relieved and treated with over the counter medicines in the Anusol and Preparation H ranges. These include cooling gels and ointments to relive the discomfort and suppositories to help reduce the swelling.
Vaginal candidiasis or more commonly, Thrush, is a very common fungal infection which affects three quarters of all women at some point in their lives. Most common during pregnancy or the menstrual cycle, Thrush can cause intense itching or burning, an unpleasant discharge and, in severe cases, fissuring or cracking of the skin around the genitals. It’s not isolated to women either, men can also suffer from the infection but most only act as carriers and don’t develop symptoms as experienced so severely by female sufferers. While fungal in nature, Thrush is initially caused by an upset in the balance of the bacteria naturally found in and around the vagina. Factors which can cause this include change in diet, stress, wearing tight clothing, taking certain medications and even the use of fragranced soaps and cosmetic products. Though easily caused, a Thrush infection can just as easily be treated with products which are available over the counter. Canesten produce a range of pessaries which can be used to combat the internal infection and clotrimazole creams which help sooth itching and burning when applied to the affected area. These creams can be used by both men and women and we would recommend that both you and your partner are treated with the cream following an infection to help prevent re-infection.
Everybody sweats. It’s simply how our bodies naturally regulate our temperature. For some of us however we can find ourselves sweating far more than we feel is normal. While sometimes this can be linked to pre-existing or underlying medical conditions, it is frequently caused by a very common condition referred to medically as primary hyperhidrosis, which can be something that is inherited genetically. When affected by hyperhidrosis, the nerves which instruct our glands to produce sweat continue to do so, even when our bodies don’t require it. Typically it will be most noticeable around the underarms where sweat glands are abundant, but many sufferers also find their hands and feet are also affected. While regular antiperspirants can certainly help in some cases, more specialist products such as Anhydrol Forte or Driclor can be used to reduce excessive sweating. These discreet roll-on antiperspirants contain ingredients which directly affect the glands ability to produce excessive levels of sweat and with regular use, can stop excessive sweating completely
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or simply IBS, affects around 20% of the Irish population and is most common in adults in their 20s or 30s. While diagnosis of the condition is becoming increasingly common the exact cause is not yet fully understood. Symptoms can vary between sufferers but usually include diarrhoea, stomach cramps, bloating, and constipation. It is understood that the symptoms are caused by a combination of digestion issues and an increased sensitivity in the gut. Though generally recognised as a long-term condition, bouts or flair-ups of symptoms typically last a few days to several weeks. Like the symptoms themselves, the factors which can contribute to or trigger a flair-up may differ between individuals but can include eating certain foods or periods of heightened stress. As the condition is not fully understood, there is currently no definite cure for the condition, some sufferers however do find that changes made to their lifestyles and eating habits can reduce the frequency and severity of symptoms. In addition to this, symptoms can be managed with over the counter supplements and medicines. Colpermin slowly releases peppermint oil into the gut which has been clinically proven to provide relief from the symptoms of IBS. Similarly, Buscopan delivers an antispasmodic directly to the affected areas helping to reduce abdominal cramping and the associated discomfort.
Warts & Verrucas
Most people will develop a wart or verruca at some point in their lives. Common warts (or verrucas when on the soles of the feet) are actually caused by an infection in the top layer of skin by a variation of the HPV virus. The infection causes keratin, a hard protein found naturally in the skin, to grow too much resulting in the tough skin growth which develops into the wart itself. Typically warts develop following skin-to-skin contact with someone who already has a wart or from contact with a surface, such as a towel, wet floor or even door handle which has been previously touched by someone with a wart or verruca. Warts are more likely to develop in areas where skin is broken and even very minor nicks or scratches can increase the chances of the virus penetrating the skin and causing infection. Generally warts are treated by doctors or other specialists such as chiropodists by excising them or with cryotherapy (freezing). There are however several remedies available over the counter which can be very effective in treating minor infections. Salactol contains salicylic acid which when applied directly to the affected area, gradually softens the hard growth caused by the infection. The remaining hard skin can then be removed with a pumice stone or special file. Wartner works in a similar fashion to the freezing agents used in cryotherapy though in a form which is much safer to use at home. The mixture of ingredients freezes the wart or verruca to its core and combats the infection. By combating the infection directly, hard skin of the growth then comes away naturally, leaving only healthy skin behind.
In very rare cases bad breath can be a symptom of an underlying health issue and in some instances can be a side effect of taking regularly prescribed medication. However in the vast majority of cases bad breath is caused by proteins in the mouth breaking down into sulphur compounds which result in the distinctive rotten egg smell associated with bad breath. While this is a natural process it can be related to poor oral hygiene, dental problems and even indicative of gum disease. While a very common problem, bad breath can be easily controlled for most people by simply improving their oral hygiene habits. Chiefly we would recommend brushing teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day, regular flossing and the use of a good mouthwash. This routine can also be occasionally supplemented with dental gum or a breath spray should symptoms persist. CB12 specialise in a range of products which help to control bad breath for people who regularly suffer from or are concerned about bad breath. Their range of toothpastes, mouthwashes, gums and sprays not only promote good oral health, but also help to neutralise the formation of substances in the mouth which can cause bad breath. With ingredients such as zinc, fluoride and xylitol the range helps to strengthen teeth while also giving clean breath confidence. Of course if you still have trouble with bad breath we recommend that you visit your dentist who will be able to identify and treat the underlying cause of bad breath.
If you still don’t feel you wish to discuss your condition with one of our pharmacists, then there is the option to order any of these items online through our website. That way there is no need for that difficult conversation and we will ship your order in discreet packaging via a highly dependable courier service, so you can be certain of quick delivery. We of course would always recommend that you visit your GP if your condition persists or if you develop any more concerning symptoms.