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The Importance of the Flu Jab

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Flu jabs available instore

The Importance of the Flu Jab

As we head deeper into winter, it is impossible to ignore the amount of advertising being given over to the flu vaccination. Whether you have seen posters in your GP’s surgery, your local pharmacy or even on the television there is no escaping the fact that it is flu jab season. 

With countries like Australia and New Zealand, where they have their winter before us (and therefore their flu season!) having reported higher numbers of patients with flu this year compared to previous ones it is especially important to have your flu jab done. For those people in the at-risk groups flu can be deadly, and the best treatment of course if to prevent it in the first place if you can. 

Common cold or flu?

It is easy to get confused over whether you have a cold or the flu, but they are very different as anyone who has had flu will tell you. Both have some symptoms in common: a runny or blocked nose, sore throat, a cough amongst others but the flu virus can also bring with it fever and chills, headaches, aching muscles and severe tiredness.  The NHS recommend that anyone in the following at risk groups have the flu vaccination:
  • Anyone aged 65 or over
  • Expectant mothers
  • Those with certain medical condition 
  • Anyone who lives in a care facility
  • Those who are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person
  • Children aged 6 months to 2 years who are eligible – children over this age are generally offered the flu nasal spray vaccine rather than the flu jab
These individuals may have more trouble fighting off flu or be more at risk of passing it to someone who is vulnerable and would not be able to fight the flu virus effectively. 

Stay Well this Winter

The flu jab is a simple one-shot vaccination that can help to protect you against the most common strains of flu each year. Whilst not every case of flu will be severe for anyone who belongs to the at-risk group it certainly isn’t worth taking the risk, it can cause serious illness and in some cases even result in death. 

Make having the flu jab a part of your routine to help you stay well this winter. If you want anymore information about the flu jab then why not speak to your GP or local pharmacist -they are there to help you feel better and more able to enjoy the winter months.

The head lice are back

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Child scratching head with nits and head lice

School's back - and so are the head lice!

When the summer holidays are over and kids are thrust back into buildings with hundreds of classmates, there is an increased risk of them catching unwanted illnesses and ailments. 

Parents must be prepared for this as children return to school. One of the most common health problems that children bring home with them after returning to school is head lice. 

Typically picked up through head-to-head contact, head lice can crawl or jump from one person to another – they live in human hair and survive on blood by biting their host’s scalp. 

What are head lice and nits?

Nits, which are often thought to be the same thing as lice, are in fact the empty egg shells of lice that are stuck to people’s hair.

More common among girls than boys, children will be exposed to head lice in both primary and secondary school, although the problem is more prevalent at younger ages. 

The toughest challenge, given the size of the wingless insect, is spotting them – the first sign will be irritation to the child’s scalp, and parents may also see small black specks, which can be a dead louse or its faeces, on clothes or pillows.

Combing child's hair for nits and head lice

How to check your child for head lice

To check if your child has head lice, you can use a technique called dry combing; the NHS recommends that you use a ‘detection comb’ that has flat-faced teeth and a tooth spacing of 0.2-0.3mm. 

A parent then simply combs the child’s hair, making sure to cover all the hair on their head, and looks closely for lice as they do so.

Check out this quick video guide from the NHS: HERE

What to do if you find head lice or nits

If head lice are present, then there are multiple options available to rid your child’s scalp of them. These include shampoos, sprays and gels.

View our selection of head lice protection and prevention products

For more advice and tips you can always contact us on 01273 464825

Sun care this Summer

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Summer Suncare

Sun care this Summer

Sun care is a vital element of an enjoyable holiday, a day out or a day spent in the garden. We all love the sun, but overdo it and it can be both irritating and dangerous. 

Our skin always needs protecting when exposed to the sun even on cloudy summer days, so here is a helpful guide to ensure you stay safe.

Patience - the Key to a Good Tan

If you want to have a tan then it's a good idea to gradually build up time spent in the sun and to use a higher Sun Protection Factor (SPF) initially. Acclimatisation to UV rays is necessary if the risk of sun damage is to be reduced. By allowing the skin to acclimatise slowly, over the first few days, the skin is less likely to burn and for those wanting a tan, it is likely to be deeper and last longer.

Your Skin Type

It is essential to choose the right sun protection. The SPF indicates the level of protection against harmful UVB rays and indicates the multiplication of your skin's natural protection. This is dependent on skin type. The effects of UV light are cumulative over time so select a high SPF initially. No sunscreen can reverse damage or protect skin that has already started to burn, after-sun will only soothe it.

Every person has different skin, each with their own specific sun care requirements. So choosing suitable sunscreens will depend on skin type, the strength of the sun and the amount of time spent in it. The face, neck and torso are up to 4 times more sensitive than the limbs. There is a huge choice of good options, don’t scrimp on the amount applied either.

Woman applying suncream

Carefully Apply

Application-of sun care products is one of the key factors to effective sun protection. Apply before sun exposure enough to give a visible layer before rubbing in, let it dry then reapply to ensure adequate coverage and no missed areas.

  • Liberally reapply at frequent intervals and always after swimming or toweling off.
  • Apply generously and often to ensure skin appears and feels evenly covered.

How Much?

The average adult needs to apply 30mls of sunscreen per application. Apply a visible layer before rubbing in so that you do not miss any bits. Using insufficient sunscreen can halve the Sun Protection Factor. Repeated application of a lower factor does not provide the same protection as a higher factor, e.g. 2 applications of SPF10 does not provide the same protection as SPF20.

After Sun

As part of a good sun care regime, After-Sun can help counterat the drying effects of the sun and wind. These lotions are specifically formulated to cool, soothe and moisturise the skin, and so help to prevent peeling. They can also help prolong your tan.

Boy having sun cream applied by his mother

Sun Care for Babies and Children

It is difficult to keep Babies and Children out of the sun, therefore, SPF 50+ sun lotion is designed for protection from reflected light. All babies under one year should be kept out of direct sunlight at all times. Children under the age of two should be encouraged to stay in the shade. Children's skin needs extra protection. As it is difficult to stop them playing in the sun, the use of high protection sun products is essential if children are to be protected from over exposure in the sun and to reduce the risk of long term skin damage. Regular checks are advised in shade where any areas of colouring are easier to spot. Tee shirts and a brimmed cap are advised.

Our Top 5 Sun Care Tips...

  1. Avoid the sun when it is at its strongest between 11.00am and 3.00pm.
  2. Clothing, hats, sunglasses and sunscreens should be used to protect the skin and eyes.
  3. UV rays can penetrate light clothing, if you are sensitive to the sun, choose a denser material to give you extra protection. Some fabrics are specially designed to protect the skin from the adverse effects of the sun.
  4. Sunscreens with low factors can only provide low protection for tanned skin, people with naturally darker skin and skin acclimatised to the sun.
  5. If minor sunburn does occur, it may help to use an after sun product to cool and soothe the skin. But, if the symptoms of sunburn are painful or if there are any other symptoms like headaches or nausea then a doctor should be consulted.

Unfortunately the effects of sunburn do not become obvious until it is too late and the damage has occured. People are often fooled into thinking the sun is not too hot if there is a cool breeze or light cloud, often it can be MORE dangerous in these conditions. When redness occurs the skin has been over exposed to the sun.

Precautions and protection can reduce the risks to you and your family from sun damage. A few minutes of sensible preparation can mean a much more enjoyable day in the sun for everyone.


Not Your Average Local Chemist

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Chemist helping a couple

Greens Pharmacy – Not your average local chemist

Greens Pharmacy is an established local pharmacy and we are proud to have been serving the people of Shoreham by Sea since 1989. We offer a wide range of services to support our community that extend way beyond those of a traditional dispensing chemist.

Medical Advice from your Pharmacist

We all know that it is becoming more and more difficult to get an appointment with our hard-pressed GPs but have you ever thought of speaking to your pharmacist first?

Pharmacists play a very important and much-needed role in health care. Their knowledge and expertise is crucial for those who can’t get a GP appointment or who, for whatever reason, don’t want to bother their GP. Your pharmacist can advise on common health conditions and illnesses as well as lifestyle issues like smoking cessation or healthy eating. Crucially, your pharmacist can also help you to decide when and if to see a doctor. If you need advice on what medication you should take and how they interact with food and drink or with other medicines, your pharmacist is only too happy to help.

Whatever you need help with, your local pharmacist can be the first stop before trying to see a GP with all the hassle that can entail. If you need privacy for your discussion that is available too, of course, and all discussions are conducted in the strictest confidence. And, of course, our online service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week –we know only too well that illness doesn’t keep to office hours, so why should we?

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Proud to serve our community 

We strive to offer an exemplary pharmacy service for all our customers, and, knowing only too well how short of time people are these days, have developed a complete online facility called – allowing busy people to get help whatever time of day it is!

Whatever you need

When you take a look at our website you will be pleasantly surprised by what you will find there. Not only do we offer the usual things like creams and pills for all your aches and pains but we can also supply you with a huge range of gifts, dietary and healthcare supplements and sun-care products, among a host of other things. For instance, with Fathers’ Day coming up you may like to have a look at our extensive discounted fragrance range. Or perhaps you would love to treat yourself to a lovely new perfume or skincare product. Your pets are catered for too with our selection of discounted branded veterinary products like Drontal or Frontline wormers and Vitadog food supplements.

If you intend travelling abroad this year our online shop is perfect for getting all your travel essentials. Your pharmacist can also help out with advice on how to take care of your health and your medications whilst travelling and what to do if you have health issues.

So there you have it. Everything you could need from a pharmacy and so much more! We look forward to helping you soon.