How safe are antitussives?

Over-the-counter antitussive medications for acute cough are among the most frequently used medications globally, but concerns have been raised over the safety profile of, for example, codeine-containing mixtures. Should doctors be concerned about this and, if so, which medicines are the safest?

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Guidelines: tonsillectomy in children

There is an update of a 2011 guideline developed by the American Academy of Otolaryngology’s Head and Neck Surgery Foundation. It provides recommendations on the pre, intra and postoperative care and management of children under consideration for tonsillectomy.

Plant remedies for colds and flu

Colds and flu remain an ever-present health threat, but the increasing resistance of strains to antivirals (and growing public sentiment against pharmaceuticals) require us to keep alternative therapies in mind.

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The role of cough mixtures in productive cough treatment

Cough is one of the most frequently encountered symptoms physicians need to diagnose. A number of cough mixtures are available for prescription, but it is vital to understand the aetiology of cough, the nature of the mixture ingredients and possible side effects.

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Reducing xerostomia to zero

Dry mouth is a common side effect of certain medications, radiotherapy for head and neck cancer and diseases including Sjogren’s syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis. Often overlooked, dry mouth must be treated to prevent comorbidities like caries and dysphagia.

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Getting rid of pneumonia bugs

Pneumonia has been described as the ‘Captain of the Men of Death’ by Sir William Osler, one of the fathers of modern medicine, because of the high mortality rate associated with the condition.

Cough treatment

The central organisation of cough reflex loop is poorly understood.

iNova launches Pholtex Plus

An effective double action formulation to relieve both dry cough and nasal symptoms1,2

How to limit antibiotic use in acute sore throat

In January 2018, NICE released a guideline for antimicrobial prescribing in acute sore throat.

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Combat winter ailments naturally with buchu

The common cold, including chest and head cold, as well as seasonal flu are caused by viruses. While flu symptoms are similar to that of cold symptoms, they include fever, headache, and muscle soreness.

What’s causing your cough?

Coughs can make breathing difficult and irritating. Being aware of the cause of your cough will help you treat it quickly and effectively, and help restore health. The first step? Knowing whether the culprit’s a bacteria or a virus.

The plague that is cold sores

Affecting such a large segment of the population, cold sores is one of the most common complaints you’ll face from frustrated customers over the winter season.

Mouth ulcers 101

Mouth ulcers can occur in any age group or population.

SAD: Facing the winter blues

We’ve all had a day or so when we’ve felt down, despondent and blue. But how can you tell when it’s more than just a bad day and is in fact SAD?

Winter ailments

As the cold fingers of Autumn tighten their grip into Winter, it’s time again to face the spectre of winter ailments: colds, coughs, sore throats and influenza.

Human rhinovirus infection

Costing billions annually in medical visits and missed days of work, the human rhinoviruses (HRVs) occur worldwide and are responsible for more than half of cold-like illnesses.

General management of colds and flu in children

The common cold is an acute, self-limiting viral infection of the upper respiratory tract. Pre-school children are at greatest risk of developing frequent colds and tend to experience more prolonged symptoms than adults.

Don’t let your wheeze turn into a sneeze

Every time we think that spring’s about to arrive we seem to have another cold snap and out come all the jackets again. Unfortunately it seems the flu is equally determined to plague us for as long as possible this year.

Don’t let hand rashes ruin winter

Hand rashes can be frustrating, especially when the cause of the rash is unknown. Was it a new brand of hand soap? Eczema?  Or just really dry skin?

Diabetics at greater risk of contracting flu

Research shows that people living with diabetes are at greater risk of contracting flu than non-diabetics.

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