Allergies are the most common chronic health condition affecting New Zealanders. At least 1 in 5 people are affected, and this is likely to rise. Allergies are caused by the immune system overreacting...
Vitamin C is the biggest selling supplement in New Zealand Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that must be obtained from the diet or supplements. It has been linked to many impressive health benefits,...
Buccaline is an anti bacterial oral vaccine in tablet form. It is only available from pharmacies following a consultation with your pharmacist.Viral and influenza-like illnesses are frequently made worse by additional bacterial infections which delay recovery. Sore throats, runny nose, sneezing and coughing are symptoms of upper respiratory system illness which are often caused by bacterial infections.
Cold sores are one of the most common skin infections caused by a contagious virus called herpes simplex virus. About 90 percent of adults worldwide - even those who’ve never had symptoms of an infection - test positive for having had this virus.
When your nose and sinuses are all stuffed up because of a cold or allergy common pharmacy medicines such as decongestants and antihistamines can help. They come in different forms, and they're often mixed into combination formulas...
Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the protective membrane that lines your eyelids and the whites of your eye (conjunctiva).
It can be caused by a virus (like the common cold) or bacterial infection. Antibiotic eye drops are not usually necessary for mild infection.
Symptoms of infectious conjunctivitis can last from 2 days to 3 weeks.
Good hygiene (especially hand washing) and keeping young children home from daycare/school can help prevent the spread of infectious conjunct
Many people think that it’s the cold weather that makes us more susceptible to colds, flu and respiratory infections, but that’s not actually the case. A bigger issue is that during the colder weather we’re more inclined to stay indoors, where it’s warm and cosy.
Treatments for inflammation and pain NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) are a type of pain relief medication that are used for pain from muscle injuries, gout, arthritis, headache, dental pain and period pain. NSAIDs are also used to...
Omega-3 fatty acids are natural, healthy oils that are found in many cells in your body, but especially in cells in your brain and eyes. They play an important role in helping your blood vessels, heart, immune system and lungs work properly.
We’ve put together these recommendations - featuring three products to boost your immune system and provide protection, plus two additional products to keep handy for when you start to have symptoms of a cough or cold.
Your digestive system is the foundation of your well being.
Your digestive system is responsible for turning the food you eat into the energy needed to survive and carry out your normal daily activities. Read more about how you can support your healthy digestion with prebiotic supplements and digestive enzymes.
What do gut bacteria do?
Your digestive system is responsible for turning the food you eat into the energy needed to survive and carry out your normal daily activities. Read more about how you can support your healthy digestion with probiotic supplements.
Extra immune protection from Probiotics The effects of probiotics are well-documented in relation to improving digestive health in a number of ways. Probiotics can balance the effects of antibiotics, which are taken in...
Collagen has many important functions, including providing your skin with structure and strengthening your bones. Consuming collagen may have a variety of health benefits, from relieving joint pain to improving skin health. It plays a role in strengthening skin, plus may benefit elasticity and hydration.
Most people have experienced poor sleep from time to time, however regular lack of sleep over many months or years can lead to a number of other health problems. It can increase your risk of depression, anxiety, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
A sore throat that feels irritated or scratchy is often an early sign that you are coming down with a winter cold. You may feel mild discomfort or a burning pain and it may feel worse when you swallow.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs), also known as cystitis or a bladder infection, are a common infection that affects women four times as often as men. Symptoms of a UTI include burning or pain when peeing and needing to pee more often and more urgently.
Thrush treatment and prevention advice
Many women will be affected by vaginal thrush at some stage in their lives. It’s caused by a change in the natural balance of the body’s bacteria which may give you an itchy or burning feeling...