Health Tips


Doing Exams? Feeling Stressed? … We’ve Got You Covered

Exam time can be really difficult on students. Watch our Lovely Support Pharmacist in Haven Pharmacy Scannell’s & Riverview – Bandon, Suzanne Goggin give real, relatable advice for anyone who may be suffering with exam stress. Remember Haven Pharmacy are here to help, our doors are always open for a chat about how you are feeling. […]

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis occurs when more bone is naturally lost than replaced. This results in bones becoming more fragile and therefore breaks more easily. Osteoporosis is when bones are more porous and it affects 1 in 5 men and 1 in 2 women. Signs & Symptoms Often there are no signs or symptoms prior to a person […]

Stroke – Would You Know What to Do?

The sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen. Always air on the side of caution and seek emergency medical advice if you suspect that you or someone you know might be having a stroke.   What Causes a Stroke? A stroke occurs when a blood vessel, which […]

Lets Talk About BV

Bacterial vaginosis or BV is caused by an imbalance of the normal bacteria in the vagina. BV does not usually cause any vaginal soreness or itching but it often causes unusual vaginal discharge and odour. Normally, there is a delicate balance between different bacterial species that live naturally within the vagina. Your vagina is normally […]

Blood Pressure – what you need to know

Blood pressure refers to the amount of work that our heart has to do to pump blood around the body. It measures how strongly blood presses against the walls of your arteries (large blood vessels) during this process. If this pressure is too high it puts a strain on your arteries and your heart, which […]

Cervical Cancer Prevention – Get the Facts

As it’s Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, we try to explain in simple terms a little more about cervical cancer, the symptoms and causes. From the outset, it’s important to emphasise that there is no 100% effective method to prevent cervical cancer and therefore it is crucial that women continue to have regular cervical smear tests. […]

Scabies, a common and treatable condition…

Scabies is a contagious skin condition caused by a parasitic mite called Sarcoptes scabiei that burrows into your skin. It is highly contagious and can easily be passed from one person to another through direct skin contact or infested clothing or bedding. Outbreaks often occur in confined environments such as schools, sports locker rooms, prisons […]

Transform Your New Year

January can be tough! Not only are we suffering the come down after the festive season, we are all generally trying to improve our health and well-being – which can sometimes feel like deprivation or punishment. The good news is, it doesn’t have to feel this way. At your local Haven Pharmacy, you have access […]

2 Most Common Reasons People Avoid The Flu Vaccine

Getting your flu vaccine, is now more convenient than ever before. Ever chat with your friends about the flu vaccine? Do you all get it? If not, why? In January 2017, the Health Service Executive issued a statement indicating that uptake on the vaccine was “nowhere near” where it ought to be. Why do you […]

Never Quit Quitting! Smoking Cessation with Haven

Have you tried to give up smoking in the past? Have you managed to give up for long periods of time and then one little slip spiraled you back to your former full-time smoking self? Has the disappointment in returning to this bad habit put you off trying to quit again? DON’T LET IT! … […]

Cystitis and UTI’s

Cystitis is a common lower urinary tract infection (UTI). It is inflammation of the bladder or urethra and is more common in women than men. It is usually mild and resolves within 5 to 7 days without treatment with antibiotics. Cystitis can be extremely painful and uncomfortable, therefore our pharmacists would highly recommend that actions are […]

Does My Child Have Head Lice?

Most people will experience trying to tackle head lice. In our Haven pharmacies, we often meet parents who have taken every precaution available to them and are stunned when their child still manages to catch head lice. We also know that sometimes, upon receiving a letter from school, you might start to convince yourself that […]

Constipation

Constipation is a common complaint. It occurs when bowel motions become harder or drier than normal and are difficult to pass or when you are having fewer bowel movements than your regular pattern. Bowel habit is very much an individual pattern and there is a large amount of variance. For some people, a daily bowel […]

Everything You Need to Know About Cold Sores

Many of us will never experience a cold sore, but for those of us who develop them regularly, trust us – you are not missing out! The good news is, our Haven pharmacists have put together all of the information you need about cold sores, where they come from, how they spread and how to […]

Everything You Need to Know About the Common Cold

Ever wonder why the symptoms of a cold tend to vary greatly? That’s because the common cold is caused by any one of more than two hundred viruses! Adults tend to get two to four colds a year but children (especially preschoolers) may have up to eight to ten colds annually. Both adults and children […]

Childhood Illnesses – Knowing the Symptoms and When to See a Doctor

It’s easy to forget that children are not little adults. Children have not yet developed their body’s natural defences and therefore are far more prone to infections from bacteria and viruses than adults. As a result, children often get sick. Most of the time there is no need to worry, however a child that is […]

Baby Care – Looking After Your Little Ones

Ever feel like there are just so many things to look out for with a new baby that you don’t know where to start? It can be really overwhelming. Firstly, you’re doing a great job! So don’t worry and be kind to yourself. Secondly, our expert pharmacists have gone to the trouble of listing out […]

5 Signs of Acne and How to Treat it

Acne Vulgaris is a common skin disease that develop in the pores around hair follicles and oil producing glands. If mainly occurs in adolescence, affecting approximately 80% of teenagers but can also affect people in their 20’s and 30’s. What Causes Acne? Acne results from blockages in the hair follicles caused by too much sebum […]