Winter Itch - Dry Skin

Maintaining healthy skin is important for general wellness. The various layers of human skin form a major part of the body's physical and thermal protection barriers. During winter, our skin tends to dry out which can cause dry itchy skin with generalize discomfort.

The following are some handy hints to maintaining your skin in good condition:

  • Avoid soaps and use a soap substitute / soap-free wash.
  • Take timed short showers using slightly warm water (3 - 5 mins).
  • After showering pat dry with a soft towel and immediately apply perfume free moisturizer.
  • Use perfume free bath oils or oatmeal treatments.
  • Avoid coloured or perfumed bubble baths or shower gels.
  • Cotton clothing is preffered and avoid direct skin contact with woolen or synthetic material.
  • Use perfume free moisturizer at least twice a day to prevent water loss from the skin.

Consult your local MediADVICE pharmacist on the most appropriate treatment options for dry skin and other dermatological conditions.



The common cold is a respiratory infection which is very contagious usually caused by a virus. It is characterised by a slight fever, streaming nasal passage, sore throat and aching joints. read more



Both Colds and Influenza are caused by viruses and are not treated with antibiotics. Your pharmacist or doctor may recommend symptomatic relief to assist in the recovery process which can take up to ten days. The following are Influenza symptoms which may occur: Elevated temperature above 38 degree celcius, Chills or Shivering, Headache, Muscular Ache and Pains, Tiredness, Sorethroat, Nasal congestion or Excessive nasal discharge and Dry cough. The Basic steps to manage the symptoms of Cold and Flu include resting, rehydration with plenty of water, no alcohol, reducing fever using paracetamol and no smoking. The spread of Influenza can be reduces by remaining isolated while symptoms persist, covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing, washing hands regularly and not sharing eating or drinking utensils. Early Medical Assesments of Influenza symptoms are essential for infants and people who have diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, liver or renal disease, glaucoma or patients receiving chemotheraphy. Your Local MediAdvice pharmacist can advise you on the most appropriate treatment options for your particular set of symptoms and current medical condition.


Early Detection Is Important

Breast Cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in the Australian female population and accounts for approximately 28 % of all cancers diagnosed in Australia. Early detection increases the likelihood of successful treatment. It is important for women to establish a regular breast examination process as part of the usual activities as well as have a mammogram every two years. A regular breast examination could occur while dressing, or showering and is aimed at detecting changes. This is especially significant if the changes occur in one breast only. If any of the following changes are noticed during regular self examination you should immediately make an appointment to see your medical practitioner. - A lump or thickening of breast tissue. - Redness or dimpling of the breast skin. - Discharge from or inversion of the nipple. - Unusual or persistent pain in the breast area. - Variation or change in shape on one breast. Ninety percent of breast changes are NOT due to breast cancer but it is critical to seek early medical advice and diagnosis.


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* This news article is intended to heighten awareness of health information and does not suggest diagnosis or treatment. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment. The information in this news article carries absolutely no warranties at all.