Can you eat a rainbow?

Can you eat a rainbow?

Health & Wellness

17-10-2018

Can you eat a rainbow? Yes you can! And you should every day 

If you’ve ever felt confused about how much fruit and veg you need to eat, you’re not alone. The latest data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed that while nearly one third of Australians eat the recommended number of serves of fruit each day, less than one person out of 25 eat the recommended number of serves of vegetables. Read More >

Thunderstorm Asthma – Be Aware

Thunderstorm Asthma – Be Aware

Health & Wellness

24-09-2018

Thunderstorm asthma can affect those with asthma or hay fever – especially people who experience wheezing or coughing with their hay fever.   

Even if you don’t think you have asthma or hay fever, don’t ignore symptoms like wheezing or shortness of breath – check with your GP.

Learn more about asthma and hay fever.   

Protect yourself this pollen season

Here are some things you can do to prepare for pollen season:

  • If you have asthma – your GP can help you develop or update your asthma action plan to manage your asthma.
  • If you’ve ever had asthma – talk to your GP about what you can do to help protect yourself from the risk of thunderstorm asthma this pollen season. Remember, taking an asthma preventer properly and regularly is key to preventing asthma, including thunderstorm asthma.
  • If you experience wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness or a persistent cough then you may have asthma. It’s important you talk to your GP and get it checked out.  Read More >

Save lives. Save 000 for emergencies

Save lives. Save 000 for emergencies

Health & Wellness

30-08-2018

Save lives. Save 000 for emergencies

There’s not a second to waste in the case of a real health emergency.When an ambulance is called to a non-emergency, it puts the lives of people in a life threatening emergency at risk.

We want Victorians to have confidence that in an emergency they will get the care they need, when they need it. That’s why we all should save triple zero calls and ambulances for emergencies… because there are alternatives.

There’s your local pharmacist who can provided treatment and advice for minor injuries and ailments helping Victorians save 000 for emergencies. Read More >

Risks of taking multiple medicines

Risks of taking multiple medicines

Health & Wellness

23-08-2018

About 2 in 5 Australians aged 50 and older, and 2 in 3 Australians aged 75 and older, take five or more medicines every day.Compared to those using fewer medicines, older Australians who take five or more medicines a day are twice as likely to report a side effect or other medicine problem. They are also seven times more likely to be taking medicines that could interact. Read More >

THE AMAZING BENEFITS OF OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS

THE AMAZING BENEFITS OF OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS

Health & Wellness

30-07-2018

Fish are one of nature’s superfoods and are packed full of important nutrients including protein, vitamins A and D; minerals iodine, iron, zinc and selenium, as well as special health-protective fats called Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs).

Fish oil helps to reduce inflammation throughout the body as well as a range of amazing other health benefits. Here are just some of the ways that omega-3s can boost your health. Read More >

Winter colds, flu and sniffles

Winter colds, flu and sniffles

Health & Wellness

06-06-2018

Winter brings with it colds, flu and sniffles, which is no fun for anybody.

Our team at Berwick Pharmacy is here to help you make it through.

💉 flu vaccines – we have stock of adult vaccines, which can be administered by our trained pharmacists. We are waiting on more supplies of children’s vaccines.
🤧 medicines to help relieve the symptoms of cold and flu, such as cough mixtures, decongestants for runny or blocked noses, and lozenges.
💊 vitamins to help support your immune system.
😷 vaporisers to help you breathe easier.

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Autism – a lifelong condition

Autism – a lifelong condition

Health & Wellness

24-05-2018

Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects how
people see their environment and relate to others. It is
characterised by differences in social communication and
behavioural patterns. People with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
can often have difficulty understanding other people’s feelings,
and can therefore respond in a way that might seem unusual or
confusing. They may also not use gestures and body language in
the same way that other people do. There is a wide variation or
spectrum in how people are affected and what they may feel and
show.
People with autism spectrum disorder can also prefer routines and
things happening in a certain way, such as taking the same route
to school or to the shops, or they may line up toys in a particular
order. If there is a change in routine without warning or something
is out of place this may upset them. People with autism spectrum
disorder may also have increased sensitivity to their environment, and may find loud noises or bright lights upsetting. They often have certain interests in particular topics, and can have extensive knowledge in their area of special interest. They can also have an impressive memory
for detail. Read More >

Measles

Measles

Health & Wellness

10-05-2018

Measles is a contagious viral illness that causes a skin rash and fever. Serious and sometimes fatal complications include pneumonia and encephalitis (brain inflammation). Measles is also known as rubeola, not to be confused with rubella (German measles). Worldwide, measles is the fifth highest cause of illness and death in children.

Measles is rare in Australia because of the widespread use of the measles vaccine. It is important to continue immunising children in Australia, because there is a risk that the infection can be brought in by people arriving or returning from overseas.
Symptoms of measles
The signs and symptoms of measles may include:
fever
general discomfort, illness or lack of wellbeing (malaise)
runny nose
dry cough
sore and red eyes (conjunctivitis)
red and bluish spots inside the mouth (Koplik’s spots)
red and blotchy skin rash that appears first on the face and hairline, and then spreads to the body. Read More >

Therabreath is back in stock!

Therabreath is back in stock!

Health & Wellness

18-04-2018

LOOK what’s back in stock!

THERABREATH is clinically tested and proven to be a stong ally in the fight against bad breath and dry mouth.

NOW AVAILABLE:
– TheraBreath Oral Rinse 473ml: Mild Mint and Invigorating Icy Mint 
– TheraBreath Fresh Breath Toothpaste 113.5g Tube: Mild Mint
– TheraBreath Dry Mouuth Lozenges – Mandarin Mint

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Flu Vaccine 2018 – latest update

Flu Vaccine 2018 – latest update

Health & Wellness

30-03-2018

 In an attempt to avoid a repeat of last year’s horror flu season, Health Minister Greg Hunt announced the Government would fund two new flu vaccines in 2018 to try to better protect the elderly.

While influenza affects people of all ages, infections among the elderly are more likely to require hospitalisation or cause serious complications such as pneumonia and heart attacks.

Of the 1,100 Australians who died last year from flu-related causes, 90 per cent were aged 65 and over.

The two free vaccines for over-65s work in different ways: FluZone High Dose is a high-dose version; Fluad adds an additional ingredient to boost its effectiveness. Read More >