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Monthly Archives: April 2020

  1. What is an STI? Types and Symptoms

    What is an STI? Types and Symptoms

    The moniker STI stands for Sexually Transmitted Infections and is sometimes also referred to as STD or Sexually Transmitted Diseases – these are one and the same thing.   Pearl Chemist Group offer diagnostic testing for all the main STIs as part of our Sexual Health Services in Wandsworth.

    What are the main Sexually Transmitted Diseases?
    A Sexually Transmitted Infection is an infection passed from one person to another via sexual contact.  Bacteria, virus or a parasite will enter and grow in or on the receiving body.  Here are some of the main STIs?

    • Chlamydia
    • Gonorrhoea
    • Trichomoniasis
    • Genital warts
    • Genital herpes
    • Pubic lice
    • Scabies
    • Syphilis

    What are the symptoms of Sexually Transmitted Infections?
    There are symptoms which are quite common t

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  2. Is your first week of not smoking too hard?

    Is your first week of not smoking too hard?

    Giving up something is always going to be the hard at the start, not that it doesn’t have its moments later on; sometimes with diets, it is easy to be enthusiastic at the beginning as the weight falls away but the plateau period after a few weeks can be the hardest point.  Anyone who has tried to quit smoking will tell you that the first week is the hardest due to the physical and psychological effects of nicotine withdrawal.  Pearl Chemist Group offer Stop Smoking Services in Mitcham to help support quitters with advice, information and intervention products to manage nicotine withdrawal.

    How does quitting smoking affects smokers in that critical first week?
    Here are some of the most common symptoms reported by people in the first week after they have quit smoking:-

    • flu-like symptoms, cough and runny nose
    • irritable nature
    • restlessness
    • anxiety
    • feeling low or depressed
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