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.
Introduction: How to Use This Book, 1
Colds and flu, 19
Sore throat, 45
Allergic rhinitis (hay fever), 53
Respiratory symptoms for direct referral, 62
Gastrointestinal Tract Problems
Mouth ulcers, 69
Nausea and vomiting, 95
Motion sickness and its prevention, 98
Irritable bowel syndrome, 124
Athlete’s foot, 159
Cold sores, 167
Warts and verrucae, 172
Musculoskeletal problems, 210
Vaginal thrush, 246
Emergency hormonal contraception, 255
Common symptoms in pregnancy, 263
Benign prostatic hyperplasia, 269
Hair loss, 274
Eye and Ear Problems
Eye problems: the painful red eye, 281
Common ear problems, 289
Illnesses affecting infants and children up to 16 years, 297
Napkin rash, 307
Head lice, 313
Threadworms (pinworms), 319
Oral thrush, 323
Difficulty sleeping, 331
Prevention of Heart Disease
Prevention of heart disease, 343
Appendix: Summary of Symptoms for Direct Referral, 359
Colour plates are found facing page 184 and 185.