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Are You Puffing Properly? 90% of Australians don't use their inhalers correctly...

 

 

Australia has one of the higest rates of asthma in the world. Understanding this health concern is critical and could save your life or the life of someone you love.

 

 

Over 11% of Australians have asthma. That’s 1 in 9 people – which might be you, or someone close to you. Asthma is a long-term disease of the lungs, sometimes referred to as chronic respiratory disease. Sufferers know well the feeling that asthma causes when your airways become inflamed and ‘narrow’, making breathing difficult. Although many people first develop asthma during childhood, asthma symptoms can occur at any age and because of a variety of reasons. Adults with newly diagnosed asthma (adult onset asthma) generally encounter persistent symptoms. Flare-ups can occur because of an infection (possibly following a cold or flu), exercise, allergens and air pollution. First signs of asthma will probably include coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and trouble breathing.

 

Who gets adult onset asthma?

The most recent statistics indicate that women are more likely to develop asthma after age 20. However, it’s important to note that anyone – at any age – can develop asthma, so if you have concerns, consult a medical professional. It’s thought that obesity may contribute to a person’s risk of developing asthma, and that people who had asthma as a child are also likely to see asthma recur in adulthood. Research indicates that at least 30% of adult asthma cases are triggered by allergies. These can include seasonal allergies, reactions to animals (e.g. cats), and exposure to irritants in the home or work environment like chemicals, dust or mould. Hormonal fluctuations in women may play a role in adult onset asthma. Some women first develop asthma symptoms during or after a pregnancy, and others do so when going through menopause. A bad cold or flu often triggers adult onset asthma too, or symptoms occur after a person battles an illness, virus, or infection.

 

Spotting the first sign of adult onset asthma.

Regardless of the trigger(s), common symptoms occur that might indicate adult onset asthma. These are:

A persistent dry cough, especially at night or in response to specific triggers.

Tightness or pressure in the chest, and difficulty breathing.

Wheezing when exhaling (a whistling sound when you breathe).

Shortness of breath after exercise or physical exertion.

Colds that go into the chest (and seem particularly bad or worse than everyone else you know); or colds that persist for more than 10 days.

Any of the above symptoms that keep coming back or happen at the same time each year.

 

If you think you have asthma: next steps...

You should talk to a doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible, if you have symptoms that are bothering you, or if you suspect you might have asthma. Asthma contributes to loss of lung function, and if left untreated can worsen over time. If you have any asthma symptoms, don’t ignore them. Asthma Australia shares that asthma claims over 400 Australian lives every year of which 300 are women and 150 are men. There are nearly 40,000 hospitalisations and the highest at risk patients are women aged between 55-64. It’s a condition that you should not take lightly. Consult a healthcare provider who can help to determine why you’ve developed asthma and the best approach for managing your triggers and symptoms in the future.

 

Practical steps that are likely to be discussed with you include:

Developing a written asthma care and action management plan.

Your commitment to regular check-ups and administering appropriate medication.

Wheezing when exhaling (a whistling sound when you breathe). Education on the type of asthma you're dealing with, how to avoid your know triggers and udnerstanding the medication that you should have on hand to manage flare-ups.

 

It’s important to get diagnosed properly and as early as possible. Most people who develop adult onset asthma can lead normal lives because with proper care and management, asthma symptoms can be effectively controlled.

 

If you have any queries or concerns, you can always start by talking to your local pharmacist for advice or have a read of Asthma Australia’s website at https://www.asthmaaustralia.org.au/.

 

*as seen on Get It Magazine, Page 36, September 2019 Edition.

 

 

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Living Your Best Life Allergy Free!

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Spring is just around the corner and as much as most of us look forward to the warmer weather, fresh flowers and the longer days, some of us dread its arrival. One in five Australians suffer from hayfever and allergy symptoms, and here at Chempro, we aim to make it that much more bearable. 

 

An allergy occurs when your immune system reacts to a particular substance found in the environment. For most of us the substance (known as an allergen or trigger) is harmless. Common examples of allergens include pollen, dust mites, moulds, medications, and certain foods. Your body’s response to an allergen is called an allergic reaction which can include inflammation, swelling, and redness and the level of the reaction ultimately depends on which part of your body is affected by the allergic reaction.

 

Allergic Rhinitis - what you need to know!

 

Allergic rhinitis is a condition in which allergies have caused an inflammation of the lining of the nose. Symptoms resemble those of the common cold, but they are not caused by a viral infection like the common cold as Allergic Rhinitis can be seasonal or persist year-round. On the other end Perennial Allergic Rhinitis is a hypersensitivity reaction to allergens in house dust, animal dander or fungal spores.


Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis, or more commonly known as hayfever, is caused by an allergy to pollens from grass, flowers, weeds or trees. It causes sudden, frequent attacks of sneezing, nasal discharge and congestion. These episodes may also be accompanied by eye symptoms, such as stinging, watering eyes and conjunctivitis – not fun stuff as you can imagine if you’ve got places to be, and people to interact with and you can’t stop sneezing. Eikk.

 

Holy Hayfever!

Yes, it’s that time of year again where those hayfever symptoms arise which are due to airborne pollens and allergens making their way into your respiratory system, nose or eyes and triggering a reaction that can inflame the area. There are several symptoms that might indicate you are suffering from a hayfever allergy, these include:

 

Sneezing, runny nose or nasal congestion
Itchy, red or watery eyes
Itchy throat or palate
Itchy skin
Itchy rash and localised swellings, known as hives
 
 
Treatment for allergy symptoms will depend on the direct cause, however our recommendation is for an antihistamine which work to reduce the symptoms and suffering of hayfever allergies. For those with persistent or severe hayfever, your local Chempro Pharmacist may recommend a nasal steroid spray, in addition to an antihistamine treatment as a nasal steroid spray will assist in reducing the inflammation in the nasal passage to help relieve symptoms – which trust us you will want!

 

If your symptoms are not being relieved by your current treatment, talk to one of our friendly Chempro Pharmacist for other options that may better suit your needs.

 

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One in 5 Australian adults suffer from chronic pain...

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An estimated 20% of adult Australians suffer from chronic pain and it can be more debilitating then it seems. More women than men experience chronic pain, with women aged between 50-54 being the most common followed by men in the 55-59 age bracket.
 
It’s not easy dealing with persistent pain. Facing ongoing uncertainty about how you’ll feel each day can be very frustrating. It makes planning your everyday activities, work, social life and family commitments challenging. 
 
Despite the ongoing presence of pain, you can improve what you can do and how you feel. 
 

 

Although everyone’s experience of living with persistent pain is different, there are many common factors. Pain impacts us physically, emotionally, psychologically and socially. It can affect:
 
our strength and fitness
the ability to complete our usual activities at home or work
our mental health
social connections
intimacy
sleep
concentration
our relationships with family, friends and workmates.  
 
 
Fear of pain and further injury can affect the way we normally do things. Concerns about making things worse can affect the way we move and can make us less active. This can lead to you becoming ‘deconditioned’ or ‘out of shape’. It can also increase the chance that pain will continue to persist.  
 
So, it’s not surprising that sometimes the pain and your emotions can get on top of you. But there are many things you can do and many resources available to help you get back on track
 
Injury is the most common cause of chronic pain around 38 percent, a further third of all people who experience chronic pain are unable to identify the original cause. Other identified causes include arthritis, musculoskeletal conditions, headache, cancer-related pain, post-surgical persistent pain and non-specific lower back pain.
 
If you have acute pain, it's important to have it assessed as soon as possible. Early assessment and intervention are important in preventing the progression from acute to chronic pain.
 
Everyone experience with pain is different and treatments for symptoms will often vary and include a multi-layered approach that can include prescription and non-prescription medications, non-medicinal therapies and referral back to your GP or other allied health professionals.
 
Chempro Chemists offer complimentary pain assessments – so if you feel the need to discuss any of your pain medications, or to have a brief chat about what else can be available to treat your pain, call in to a Chempro Chemist today and speak to your knowledgeable pharmacist
 
 
 

 

*General advice only – this information should not replace the information provided to you by your health care professional. If symptoms are severe or persist, please speak to your health care professional. Information current as of date of publishing.

Always check with your pharmacist or medical professional before starting any new medications or supplements, particularly if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, are taking any medications currently, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or researching therapies suitable for infants or children.

 

 

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It's Time To Quit Smoking... Here's Why.

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Tobacco smoke contains 7000 different chemicals.

 

But frighteningly, 70 of these chemicals are known carcinogens, which cause cancer. No negotiation. Not only are you damaging your own health, but those around you. Passive smoking is not a myth and is compromising the health of your loved ones around you.

 

These facts are universally known but many continue to smoke every day. The benefits you will experience are sometimes disregarded but the most exciting part of quitting!

 

  • Lung function will increase.

  • You will have better blood circulation.

  • Shortness of breath will subside.

  • Those yellow stains among your teeth and nails you can't seem to scrub clean? That will also subside!

  • In five years of you beating your habit your risk of stroke will be the same as the non-smoker sitting next to you.

  • A decade after quitting, the risk of developing all those nasty cancers have significantly dropped.

 

Do you long for the lung capacity and energy to run around with your children or run up those stairs to work when you are running late? Are those stains on your teeth starting to really bother you? Would you like to do everything in your power to drop your risk of numerous diseases and cancers? This can all be achieved by throwing out that packet of cigarettes!

 

This is all easier said than done and is why Chempro Chemists has the tools to help you drop your habit.

 

 

 

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5 Tips To Stick To Your Planned Diet...

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1. Develop measurable and attainable goals with a time frame in mind.

 

Goals are a great tool to encourage yourself to keep going and to keep track

of your progress. Although, goals will only be effective if you are able to reach them.

Do not aim to lose 10 kilos in 2 weeks for that event as it will not be achieved

and will let you down.  Make goals progressive that lead up to your ultimate aim.

 

For example:

• Be able to run 5km's without a break in two weeks

• Fit into  those new shorts in four weeks

• Lose 10 kilos in the next 8 months

• Take part in the local half marathon next year

 

 

2. Another way to maintain a diet plan is to remind yourself of your motivation.

 

Why are you doing this? Having clear factors for motivation is something you can turn to

when you feel like giving up. Motivation comes from a different place for different people.

You may be motivated intrinsically and wish to complete your diet plan for the satisfying

feeling of accomplishment. On the other hand, motivation may come extrinsically to you

by purchasing that new dress you will be able to fit into. Having 3-4 factors of motivation

identified that you can turn to will help you remember why you started in the first place.

 

 

 

3. Be organised!

 

 

Organisation is something we all lack at a certain point and lack of organisation is a great

challenge when stickting to a diet plan. Preparing lunch the day before, packing your

workout gear into the car in the morning, or making a list before you go food shopping

are steps of organisation which will prevent you from choosing the unhealthy alternative

whether that be purchasing the unnecessary treat or skipping training.

 

 

 

4. Identify when you are genuinely hungry!

 

Hunger can be frequently mistaken for boredom which will tempt you to escape your plan.

When you go to make a snack ask yourself if you’re genuinely hungry.

If you are not, go for a walk or continue with something you are working on to burn

some of the energy making you feel bored.

 

 

5. Balance is key.

 

We all have a favourite meal or snack that could reverse all the hard work,

but you are so much more likely to stick to your plan if you treat yourself occasionally.

A diet is supposed to be a lifestyle altercation so if there is something you enjoy and

don't want to let go, remember to balance and enjoy it!

 

 

 

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