Hayfever: self-care

Hayfever can be seasonal or happen all year round. It is important to prevent and treat it because it can affect your sleep, work or learning. Find out what products are available for hayfever.

Pharmacy Care

Hay fever treatments

Antihistamines work fast and are good at treating mild symptoms of hay fever, such as sneezing and runny nose, whereas corticosteroid nasal sprays may take several days to work.


Bacterial vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the most common cause of abnormal discharge in women of childbearing age - even more common than thrush. BV is caused by an imbalance in the natural bacteria in the vagina.

Women's Health


Boils or skin abscesses are inflamed and pus-filled areas under the skin that look like oversized pimples. Boils are usually caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria infecting one or more hair follicles and they may be accompanied by fever or chills.

Skin & Hair

Gout diet

Help reduce gout attacks by changing your diet - find out which foods to avoid to reduce purines in your diet. Reducing your intake of purine-rich foods should reduce gout symptoms.


Down syndrome

Down syndrome is caused by a chromosome abnormality. Antenatal screening tests can identify women at greater risk of having a baby with Down syndrome.

Babies & Pregnancy

Cleft lip and palate

Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth defects of the upper lip and palate (roof of the mouth). The cleft (opening) may be present on one side or both sides of the face and sometimes affects the nose as well as the mouth.

Babies & Pregnancy

Menstruation problems

Find out about common menstruation problems: amenorrhoea (absence of periods), dysmenorrhoea (painful periods) and menorrhagia (heavy periods).

Women's Health

Yellow fever

Yellow fever is a vaccine-preventable illness of varying severity caused by an infection with a virus spread by certain mosquitoes.

Travel Health