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Update on eligibility criteria for 2nd Booster

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Covid 19 Booster Vaccines Update on 2nd Booster   Who is eligible for a 2nd booster? People aged 65 years and over aged 12 and over with a weak immune system   You can get your booster vaccine at a HSE vaccination centre or a participating GP or pharmacy. Whelehans Pharmacy at Pearse St Mullingar have a walk in Covid 19 vaccine clinic every Wednesday which includes 2nd boosters.   The second booster prevents those more vulnerable to COVID-19 from becoming seriously ill or needing hospital treatment due to COVID-19. Immunity from Covid 19 vaccines wanes significantly from 3 months...

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With our free Stoma Care Clinic just days away - here's the first of 3 parts discussing Stoma's

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Stoma care (Part 1)   A stoma is the result of an operation to remove disease such as cancer, Crohn's disease or diverticulitis or from a bowel obstruction or injury to the digestive or urinary system. It is an artificial opening that allows faeces or urine either from the intestine or from the urinary tract to pass from the body. Types of stoma   There are three main types of stoma related to the digestive and urinary system - these are: colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy. Colostomy In a colostomy operation, part of your colon is brought to the surface of your abdomen...

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Bad breath - causes and what you can do about it

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Halitosis (Bad breath)   Up to 50% (22 to 50%) of the population suffer from bad breath and approximately half of these experience a severe problem leading to personal and social discomfort and social embarrassment.  The “mouth air” of those suffering from more severe halitosis is tainted with compounds including hydrogen sulphide, methyl mercaptan and organic acids leading to foul smelling air.   Aetiology The source of the bad odour is located within the oral cavity in approximately 90% of cases of halitosis meaning only a small percentage of cases are due to non-oral causes such a a serious underlying...

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Final part of our series on urinary incontinence - Further treatment options

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Urinary Incontinence Part 4 Antimuscarinic medicines used to treat urge incontinence include Oxybutynin Tolterodine Fesoterodine Solifenacin Flavoxate   Antimuscarinics take up to 4 weeks to see full benefit. Side effects can include blurred vision, flushed and dry skin, dry mouth, fast heart rate, high blood pressure and fever. They are started at the lowest possible dose to minimise side effects and increased only if not working. Some conditions can be exacerbated due to antimuscarinics; for example, antimuscarinics can worsen symptoms of constipation, glaucoma, dry eyes, and poor bladder emptying. Care must be taken when used with other medication that also...

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Continuing our 4 part study of Urinary Incontinence: this week pt 3 - Treatment

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Urinary Incontinence Part 3: Treatment Overactive bladder (OAB) is the most common cause if urinary incontinence. I discussed types, causes, symptoms and diagnosis over the last two week. This week I discuss treatment.   Changing drinking habit and diet Some drinks may irritate the bladder including carbonated drinks, diet drinks with the artificial sweetener aspartame, tea, and coffee (both caffeinated or decaffeinated), hot chocolate, blackcurrant juice and citrus fruit juice and alcohol. Drinks that will not irritate the bladder include water, milk, diluted fruit squash and herbal tea. Some foods such as tomatoes and spicy food irritate the bladder. People...

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