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Apr 2016
My child has eczema. What is the cause and how can it be treated?

Eczema is where the skin becomes very dry and can become red and inflamed. We don’t know the exact cause of eczema but genetic and environmental factors come into play. In infants, it can often be foods such as milk and wheat. The good news with this type of allergy is that most children grow out of it by around seven years of age. In adults and older children as well as certain foods, there is often a trigger such as house dust mite, pet fur and saliva or wool and synthetic materials. Its worthwhile examining everything you use in the house from toiletries to detergents and try and use allergen free varieties. Keep your body at an even temperature since heat and excessive perspiration can cause red itchy patches. Moisturising the skin is the main treatment and always use a downward stroke to avoid irritating the skin further. There is a vast range of emollients (moisturisers) some ointments for example are useful where you want to create a barrier for thick dry skin particularly at night. Creams are better for day time use and bath oils are effective where you want to create a layer of oil trapping water and preventing dehydration.For flare ups I usually recommend a mild steroid such as hydrocortisone or eumovate but for a maximum of seven days and there are restrictions concerning the sale of these products for children. Taking omega 3 is sometimes helpful but make sure you include a good quality one with high concentrations of EPA and DHA.For more information, call into the pharmacy.

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FLU VACCINATION INFORMATION

This year GGHB is running the flu vaccination service.

If you are over 65, then please wait for your letter from the NHS. That will give you the date, time and venue . (Younger patients e.g. 65 year olds are being vaccinatedfirst) It’s also important to point out that the over 65 vaccine is different from the one given to the under 65’s and also different from the one that may be available on a private basis. The under 65’s at risk e.g. asthmatics those with diabetes etc willeither be done at their GP practice or again at a hub.

If you are under 65 and a carer please contact the pharmacy on 0141 633 3868 or admin@newlifepharmacy.co.uk where you can book in for a vaccine. Unfortunately our private service is at capacity just now and we have a waiting list

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