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Sunburn ! What to do ? 5 Tips for Dealing with it – DocPanda, The Right Advide From A Pharmacist – VIDEO

 

You are enjoying a nice day outside with your favorite panda, but soon after the nap, you notice that your skin has become red and painful. This is a sunburn: your skin has been burnt by the sun after a long exposure without sufficient protection. Now take action!

 

1. Shelter from the sun

Hide yourself in the shade (preferably inside a building) to avoid any further exposure

2. Drink extra water

Drink plenty of water to combat dehydration.

3. Ease the pain

Cool water can help relieve pain and dissipate the heat accumulated by the skin. Nothing like a cool shower to ease a sunburn! An alternative is to regularly place a cool and moist towel on the painful area for 10 to 15 minutes.

Then, regularly apply a soothing after sun moisturizer. This would help the damaged skin to stay hydrated and heal.

Finally, a painkiller such as paracetamol could help you withstand the pain during the healing process if required.

4. Monitor the evolution

If you notice blistering, do not pierce but cover with a sterile dressing to avoid infection. It is necessary to consult a doctor if the sunburn is severe, if you experience unbearable pain or if fever develops within 48 hours.

5. Avoid the next one

Sunburns are dangerous to health and should be avoided.

The best way to prevent sunburns is to wear clothes, a hat or a cap, and sunglasses. Sunscreen can be used in addition to clothes, although it can not replace them. If possible, you should also avoid direct sun exposure during the peak hours (usually between 10am and 4pm). 

Finally, remember this: “No shadow, seek shade!”. If your shadow appears smaller than you, this means that the sun is shining strongly above you – immediately seek a shelter. If it is larger than you, you can stay outside.

 

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1. After sun moisturizer, 2. Sterile dressing, 3. Sunscreen

 

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Herpes ! What to do? 5 Tips for Dealing with it – DocPanda, The Right Advide From A Pharmacist – VIDEO

 

Today your favourite panda wakes up with a redness on his lip. He has herpes labialis (also called cold sores) and asks for advice.

1. Act as soon as you get the first signs

During a herpes outbreak, it is necessary to act as soon as you get the first symptoms, e.g. a sensation of burning, tingling or scratching. Quickly apply an antiviral cream based on aciclovir or docosanol to relieve the pain and reduce the duration of the symptoms. Depending on your preferences, patches can also be used instead of creams with the same benefits.

If you have nothing else available, applying cold on the lesion (for example with an ice cube) can help reduce redness and irritation.

2. Ease the pain

If required, take a painkiller such as paracetamol to reduce the pain during the healing process.

3. Avoid contamination

To reduce the risk of contamination, do not touch the cold sore. If you have to touch it, to apply a cream for example, it is necessary to wash your hands immediately thereafter. Hand washing should be repeated regularly throughout the day.

Additionally, refrain from kissing relatives, especially children. Using a patch can provide additional protection as it helps isolate the lesion, thus reducing the risk of contamination.

Finally, do not share dishes, glasses and personal items such as bath towels, lip sticks, toothbrushes or razors. Replacing towels and bed sheets can also help prevent recontamination once the cold sore has healed.

4. Protect from the sun

Cold sores should be protected from the sun during the entire healing process. The use of a lip balm with a high sun protection index is recommended.

5. Avoid recurrences

Once the herpes virus is present in the body, it remains there for life and can resurface.

Recurrence is generally triggered by situations such as severe fatigue or stress. Thus, a healthy lifestyle is essential: go to bed early to avoid fatigue, exercise regularly and relax to avoid stress. The sun can also cause recurrence. The use of a sunscreen and lip balm is therefore recommended.

Finally, lysine,which is an essential amino acid available as a dietary supplement, has shown a beneficial effect in the prevention and treatment of herpes outbreaks, reducing the number of flares and the severity of symptoms. The usual dose recommended in the prevention and treatment of herpes outbreaks is 3000 mg per day. 

See a doctor ?

A relapse of cold sores is generally not serious and healthy people usually recover within 5 to 15 days. However, a doctor should be consulted if the wound is severe or does not heal, or if you frequently experience herpes outbreaks. Finally, do not rub or touch your eyes during a herpes outbreak. If you experience pain in one eye or if it becomes red, immediately seek medical assistance.

 

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1. Cream, 2. Patch, 3. Lip Balm, 4. Sunscreen, 5. Lysine – supplement

 

 

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Acne ! What to do ? 6 Tips for Dealing with it – DocPanda, The Right Advide From A Pharmacist – VIDEO

 

Today, your favorite panda complains about pimples on his face. He asks for your advice to get rid of them.

 

1. Do not touch the pimples

Although it is really tempting, do not touch, scratch or pierce the pimples as this can worsen the inflammation and lead to an infection of the lesions, therefore increasing the probability of a scar. The less you touch your face, the better!

 

2. Wash your face regularly

Washing your face twice a day (morning and evening) is one of the most efficient ways to reduce acne outbreaks.
Cleaning should be done with mild products suitable for fragile skin, such as soap-free dermatological bread or gel. Apply with your bare hands, without towel to avoid irritating an already fragile skin.  

Finally, sweating aggravates acne. Always wash your face after any physical activity, especially if you wore a cap or a hat.

 

3. Hydrate your face

Now that your face is washed, it must be moistened! Apply a non-greasy special acne moisturizer. The use of make-up is possible, although it is important to select products labelled “non-comedogenic” and to properly remove any make-up at night.

 

4. Protect your skin from the sun

Exposure to the sun tends to thicken the skin and aggravate acne. Ideally, any exposure should be limited and the use of an appropriate sunscreen is recommended.

 

5. Choose a treatment

In addition to hygiene measures, a number of products can help treat acne depending on symptoms. Note that each form of acne has its specific treatment!
If acne is predominantly retentional – blackheads and microcysts – 0.1% adapalene or 0.025% tretinoin is recommended.
If acne is mainly inflammatory – pustules, white pimples – 5% benzoyl peroxide should be considered.
Finally, Zinc, an essential trace element, has proven beneficial effects against acne and is available as a dietary supplement. The usual dose is 30mg per day during a 3-month period.

 

6. Be patient

Acne sometimes responds slowly, and it may take up to 3 months before the effectiveness of a treatment can be assessed. Do not give up and follow the hygiene rules continuously.

If these measures prove insufficient, consult your doctor or dermatologist who will assess with you the suitable treatment.

 

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1. Bread , 2. Gel, 3.  Moisturizer, 4. Sunscreen, 5. Adapalene, 6. Benzoyl peroxyde, 7. Zinc – supplement

 

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  • American Academy of Dermatology, Acne, https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/acne-and-rosacea/acne#overview, accédé le 25 avril 2017.
  • Agence Française de Sécurité Sanitaire des Produits de Santé, Traitement de l’acné par voie locale et générale. 2007 
  • Van Onselen J. Acne management and patient support – a nursing concern for all. Br J Nurs. 2010 Jan 14-27;19(1):18-23.
  • Dreno B, et al., Multicenter randomized comparative double-blind controlled clinical trial of the safety and efficacy of zinc gluconate versus minocycline hydrochloride in the treatment of inflammatory acne vulgaris. Dermatology. 2001;203(2):135-40.

 

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Sprain ! What to do ? 4 Tips for Dealing with it – The Right Advice From A Pharmacist – VIDEO

 

Today was a great day to go for a walk but, “CRAC”, you just twisted your ankle on a piece of bamboo forgotten by your favorite panda.
In that case, remember the 4 actions to take with the word RICE.

R for Rest

The sprain needs rest. Stop using it to avoid further damage to the tissues. You can use crutches or an orthosis to move without impacting the sprain.

I for Ice

Cover with ice as soon as possible to reduce the swelling and pain. Apply cold for 10 minutes every 2 hours during the first 24 to 48 hours. Remember to put the ice in an ice pack (or, if unavailable, in a clean cloth or towel) to avoid burning the skin.

C for Compression

Place a bandage around the wound to decrease swelling and bleeding. Be careful not to tighten the bandage too much so the blood can circulate freely.

E for Elevation

Elevate the injured body part to limit the swelling and bleeding. You can use pillows to raise the wound above your heart.

Finally, a painkiller such as paracetamol can help reduce pain during the healing process.

 

You now know the 4 actions to take in case of sprains. These are easy to remember thanks to the word RICE, for rest, ice, compression and elevation.
Most sprains are not serious and can be managed at home. However, if the pain is particularly severe, if you cannot move your limb or if the symptoms do not improve after a few days, you should seek medical advice.

 

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1. Ice Pocket, 2. Crunches, 3. Orthosis, 4. Bandage

 

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Everything You Have to Know Before Taking Paracetamol

Hi, everyone! Today, we will discuss one of the most famous medicines in the world: paracetamol. 

1 What paracetamol is 

One tip if you are travelling and looking for some paracetamol. Depending on which country you are, you will find either paracetamol or acetaminophen, but they are both the same molecule whose scientific name is para-acetylaminophenol. 

PAra-ACETylAMinophenOL = paraACETylAMINOPHENol

 

2 What paracetamol is used for

Paracetamol offers two main properties: analgesic (it relieves pain) and antipyretic (it reduces fever)

– It relieves mild to moderate pain such a headache, toothache, cold & flu symptoms, muscular aches, joint pain, period pain, 

– it reduces your temperature when you have a fever. 

3. Before you take it

Do not take if

Do not take paracetamol if you have ever had any allergic reaction to paracetamol or to any of the other constituents of the medicine.

Some people should seek medical advice before taking paracetamol.

Check with your pharmacist or doctor if you have severe kidney or liver problems (including a disease caused by drinking alcohol). Severe liver damage may occur if you take 3 or more alcoholic drinks every day while using paracetamol.

Also, check with your pharmacist or doctor if you usually take one or several of the following medicines: 

– cholestyramine (to lower blood cholesterol).

– metoclopramide or domperidone (to prevent sickness). 

– warfarin (to prevent blood clotting). 

Pregnancy 

Paracetamol is considered as the pain reliever of choice during pregnancy when taken occasionally. Always check with your pharmacist before taking any medicines.

Breastfeeding 

You can take paracetamol if you are breastfeeding. Although paracetamol can be found in the breast milk, the amount is too small to cause any harm to a healthy infant.

4. How to take paracetamol: 

For adults and children aged fifteen years and over, the usual oral dose is five hundred to one thousand milligrams every four to six hours if necessary, maximum one thousand milligrams per dose, up to a maximum of four thousand milligrams daily, with a minimum interval of four hours between each dose

If you take too much

Acute over dosage can be extremely serious and leads to severe liver damage and, at very high dosages, can be fatal. If you, or someone you know, have exceeded the maximum recommended dosage, seek immediate medical advice even if you are feeling well. 

“PARA”, “ACET”, “APAP”

If you see on a box, words such as “PARA”, “”PCT”, « ACET » or « APAP », it is a paracetamol-containing product, probably in combination with another molecule. Be careful not to exceed the overall limit of 4000 mg per day. 

Still suffering?

If you are not getting better after a few days with paracetamol, or if your headache is becoming persistent, consult your doctor. Taking painkillers for headaches too often or for too long can make them worse.

5. Possible side effects

Like all medicines, paracetamol can cause side effects, although they are relatively rare and most people will not have any problems. Stop taking paracetamol and seek medical attention if you experience skin reactions including skin rash, or unexplained bruising or bleeding.

6. Further information

You can take paracetamol with food, milk or on an empty stomach. It is quickly absorbed and effective within 10 to 60 min. Take it on an empty stomach for fastest pain relief. 

In addition, paracetamol does not impact the ability to drive.

 

You now know everything you have to know before taking paracetamol.

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