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Symptoms in the Pharmacy: A Guide to the Management of Common Illnesses, 7th Edition

Symptoms in the Pharmacy: A Guide to the Management of Common Illnesses, 7th Edition

Alison Blenkinsopp, Paul Paxton, John Blenkinsopp

ISBN: 978-1-118-66173-4

Mar 2014, Wiley-Blackwell

382 pages

Description

Symptoms in the Pharmacy is the indispensable guide to the management of common symptoms seen in the pharmacy.

Designed for quick and easy reference with separate chapters for each ailment, each chapter incorporates a decision making framework in which the information necessary for treatment and suggestions on ‘when to refer’ is distilled into helpful summary boxes. Decision making support is provided in cases involving ethical dilemmas. It also includes example case studies providing the view of pharmacists and doctors and, in their own words, patient perspectives of what it is like to live with and manage conditions such as migraine and eczema. These easy-to-follow chapters can be read cover to cover or turned to for quick reference.

This seventh edition covers the availability of new medicines and includes new sections and case studies for 'POM' to 'P' switches. It continues to draw upon the latest evidence for treatment guidelines and includes expanded coverage of common infectious diseases and important safety advice on the use of medicines in children. It also features colour photographs of skin conditions enabling the differentiation and diagnosis of common skin complaints.

With advice from a pharmacist and GP author team, Symptoms in the Pharmacy covers ailments which will be encountered in the pharmacy on a daily basis and should be kept close at hand for frequent consultation.

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Preface, vi

Introduction: How to Use This Book, 1

Respiratory Problems

Colds and flu, 19

Cough, 33

Sore throat, 45

Allergic rhinitis (hay fever), 53

Respiratory symptoms for direct referral, 62

Gastrointestinal Tract Problems

Mouth ulcers, 69

Heartburn, 76

Indigestion, 85

Nausea and vomiting, 95

Motion sickness and its prevention, 98

Constipation, 102

Diarrhoea, 112

Irritable bowel syndrome, 124

Haemorrhoids, 132

Skin Conditions

Eczema/dermatitis, 143

Acne, 153

Athlete’s foot, 159

Cold sores, 167

Warts and verrucae, 172

Scabies, 178

Dandruff, 182

Psoriasis, 186

Painful Conditions

Headache, 193

Musculoskeletal problems, 210

Women’s Health

Cystitis, 225

Dysmenorrhoea, 234

Menorrhagia, 243

Vaginal thrush, 246

Emergency hormonal contraception, 255

Common symptoms in pregnancy, 263

Men’s Health

Benign prostatic hyperplasia, 269

Hair loss, 274

Eye and Ear Problems

Eye problems: the painful red eye, 281

Common ear problems, 289

Childhood Conditions

Illnesses affecting infants and children up to 16 years, 297

Colic, 303

Teething, 306

Napkin rash, 307

Head lice, 313

Threadworms (pinworms), 319

Oral thrush, 323

Insomnia

Difficulty sleeping, 331

Prevention of Heart Disease

Prevention of heart disease, 343

Appendix: Summary of Symptoms for Direct Referral, 359

Index, 361

Colour plates are found facing page 184 and 185.