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Monthly Archives: June 2020

  1. A Timeline: What happens after you Stop Smoking?

    A Timeline: What happens after you Stop Smoking?

    If you want to maintain your health then quit smoking, as this is one of the best and most immediate ways to improve your daily life.  Smoking has a direct link with many known health conditions such as COPD, lung disease and emphysema plus it is implicated in other diseases as well but did you also know that smoking causes premature wrinkles and decreases your sex drive and fertility?  If you are looking to stop smoking then take advantage of Pearl Chemist Groups’ stop smoking services in Mitcham and the free stop smoking clinic in Streatham.

    What happens when you stop smoking?
    The physical benefits are huge. Here is a timeline which details what happens inside your body after you Quit Smoking:-

    • You will feel better 20 minutes after you
    • Your pulse rate will return to normal after 20 minutes
    • Within 8 hours, nicotine a
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  2. Why is Sexual Health Important?

    Why is Sexual Health Important?

    Although we might be good at taking care of many aspects of our health, when it comes to sexual health, it can be easy to bury our heads in the sand. A mixture of embarrassment, fear and shame can mean that attending for sexual health screening falls to the bottom of our ‘to-do’ lists. At Pearl Chemist Group, we offer sexual health services in Wandsworth to make looking after your sexual health as easy as possible.

    Why Does Sexual Health Matter?
    Like all aspects of health, it is important to keep your body healthy and to avoid illness where possible. A number of illnesses are transmitted sexually, and so when you begin a sexual relationship with a new partner, it is important to protect your body from infections and unplanned pregnancies. This may be through sexual health screening, and by using barrier methods of contraception including condoms. If you have any concerns about you

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  3. Influenza Sign, Symptoms and Vaccination

    Influenza Sign, Symptoms and Vaccination

    The winter months are often referred to as flu season, as a greater proportion of the population are affected by an influenza viral infection. Whilst the virus is no more than particularly unpleasant for most, for the elderly, immunocompromised and the very young, it can be a life-threatening illness. At Pearl Chemist Group, we can offer advice, treatment and flu vaccination for anyone wishing to prevent it.

    What is Flu?
    Flu, or influenza, is caused by the influenza virus. Flu symptoms include a high fever, muscle aches and pains, headaches, coughing and feeling tired. In the first few days, you may find it difficult to get out of bed, and your appetite may be significantly reduced. Some people may go on to develop complications including pneumonia, sinus infections, or worsening of pre-existing heart or lung conditions.

    Flu Treatment Antiviral
    As flu

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  4. Emergency Contraception Pros and Cons

    Emergency Contraception Pros and Cons

    At Pearl Chemist Group in Wandsworth, we understand the importance of being able to access an emergency contraception service in London. Whilst you might take every precaution to prevent an unplanned pregnancy, occasionally there can be a contraceptive failure and in this situation you may want to quickly prevent a pregnancy from beginning.

    What is Emergency Contraception?
    Emergency contraception is defined as a birth control measure that is used after sexual intercourse to prevent a woman from becoming pregnant. The most common form of emergency contraception is often referred to as the morning after pill. This pill can be taken up to five days after unprotected sexual intercourse.

    Emergency Contraception Service
    While offering various forms of contraception, at our clinic in Wandsworth we are also able to offer emergency contraception

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  5. How often should you have the flu vaccination?

    How often should you have the flu vaccination?

    The NHS is encouraging everyone over the age of 6 months to have a flu vaccination in the winter.  Even if you are not at high risk due to age or other health complications such as asthma, the more people that have the vaccine, the easier it becomes to control the spread of the flu virus and support flu vaccine effectiveness.

    Primary school children are now having the flu vaccine as they are one of the groups that spread viruses most and the category of eligible children also includes those aged 2-17 with long-term health conditions.

    The influenza vaccine whether it is administered by nasal spray or injection is an annual vaccine.  There are three types of the flu virus, Type A, Type B and Type C with the Type A virus the most serious and this group includes swine flu and other pandemic viruses. Every year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) changes the strains of flu virus in the influenza vaccine dose based on research which aims to predict

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  6. How long does travel vaccine last?

    How long does travel vaccine last?

    It is one of the pharmacist’s most frequently asked questions, how long before my travel do I need vaccinations?  There is no one simple answer to this question because each disease has a different vaccination protocol and some vaccinations may need to be given as early as three months before travel and others can be taken at last minute.  The Pearl Chemist Group can provide comprehensive advice about all the different vaccinations at their Travel Clinic in Tooting.

    How to determine when to have your vaccine
    There will be information online about which vaccinations are recommended for the areas that you are travelling to.  If you are in doubt, have a conversation with your GP or the pharmacist at our Travel Clinic in Tooting.  Each disease will have a different recommended vaccination course, here are some of the most c

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  7. Flu jab: It’s about doing the right thing

    Flu jab: It’s about doing the right thing

    It’s easy to forget about other illness in the current Covid-19 pandemic but within six months, the winter flu season will be here.  Combined with the Coronavirus, this could prove a particularly a toxic mix.  If you are looking for flu shots in 2020, then visit our flu vaccination clinic in Earlsfield.

    What is the flu vaccine effectiveness?
    The flu virus is constantly changing and mutating which is the real challenge scientists face when preparing the annual flu vaccine; they have to predict which will be the likely strains. The flu vaccine will not be 100% effective but it will offer a lot of protection and help decrease the occurrence of flu in the general population as well as the serious health consequences for some people might catch it.

    What are the flu shot benefits?
    The benefits include:-

    • flu vaccine prevents tens of thousands of hospitalisations e
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  8. Which health checks should elderly people be having?

    Which health checks should elderly people be having?

    With elderly people particularly vulnerable to Coronavirus, it makes extra special sense to take good care of their health and this can include preventative health checks and screening.  Pearl Chemist Group offers screening tests for the elderly as part of a comprehensive health check-up service so if you are looking for a health check-up in Morden, then we can help.

    Health checks for seniors have never been more important as Coronavirus has kept many elderly people away from their routine medical appointments.  Whilst all the focus is on Covid-19, something else could pass under the radar.  Elderly people are more vulnerable to many illnesses and diseases and not just Coronavirus because of their advancing years.  With all the focus on Covid-19, it is easy to overlook other health conditions which could prove just as serious.  So, what type of checks and tests are advised

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  9. Which Vaccinations Should I Consider before Visiting India?

    Which Vaccinations Should I Consider before Visiting India?

    Travel is one of the greatest adventures of modern life and you may spend months or even years planning the trip of a lifetime to India. Whilst it’s easy to get caught up in booking flights and accommodation or planning excursions, it’s important to ensure you leave enough time for travel vaccinations before leaving the UK. Our travel clinic south west London offers a comprehensive service so you can be sure your health is protected before you arrive in India.

    Travel Immunization Clinic
    At our travel clinics across London, you can be sure of the highest standard of care. We stock a range of travel vaccines and medications that may be required for worldwide travel.

    When visiting India, you may need to consider the following vaccinations to prevent illness:

    • Hepatitis A – an illness that is spread through poor hand hygiene and in areas with poor sanitation. Hepat
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