Lanarkshire residents suffering from skin conditions are advised that they can get help from their local pharmacies.
Medical experts have highlighted that Covid is not the only virus circulating; there are also some “nasty skin viruses” that can be very painful and will affect at least one in four people at some point.
These include shingles, an infection of a nerve caused by the same virus as chickenpox, which can last two to four weeks and is usually treated with pain relievers such as paracetamol and antiviral medications that your pharmacist can prescribe if necessary.
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While shingles usually affects older people, impetigo is the most common skin condition in children.
It often begins with the appearance of red sores, usually around the nose and mouth, but other areas of the body can also be affected. The sores quickly burst, leaving behind large, thick, golden crusts, usually about 2 cm wide.
The sores are not painful but can be itchy and should not be touched or scratched as this can spread the infection to other parts of the body and to other people.
People with impetigo should urgently consult their local pharmacist if symptoms change or worsen; Although complications are rare, they can be serious.
Speaking on behalf of NHS Lanarkshire, George Lindsay, Chief Primary Care Pharmacist, told Lanarkshire Live: “The Pharmacy First service offers a way for local people to get treatment for a wide range of conditions for which they would normally visit a pharmacy. nurse or doctor: and an appointment is often not necessary.
“These conditions now include common skin conditions like shingles and impetigo.”
Pharmacist Suzy Bashir, manager of Deans Pharmacy at Newmains, said: “Community pharmacies have been on the front lines of the NHS response during the COVID pandemic, staying open and accessible to people without the need for an appointment.
“The Pharmacy First service helps take the pressure off other NHS colleagues. And every new service we can offer, like now treatment for common skin conditions like shingles and impetigo, allows us to play a bigger role in protecting people’s health.”
Lanarkshire residents can call NHS 24, which handles any urgent questions or concerns, on 111. More information is also available on NHS Inform and the Winter Tips website.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.