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Acute Illness

While chronic illnesses may be longer-lasting and produce symptoms which are, in some cases, managed via prolonged treatment; the effects of an acute illness may develop with less warning, and present symptoms which intensify at a faster rate.

Treatment for such conditions aims at providing speedy and effective relief from discomfort, or reducing the severity and onset of symptoms. We provide access to a number of acute illness treatments through our online prescription and dispensing service.

  • UK prescribers
  • 24 hour delivery
  • Secured payment
  • ACE inhibitors

    ACE inhibitors are used as a first-line treatment for people under 55 who have high blood pressure. 

  • Allergies

    Allergies are characterised by autoimmune responses to certain stimuli. These reactions can cause inflammation and swelling in the affected region.

    1. Can vary in severity
    2. Reactions flared by certain triggers
    3. Effective treatment is available
  • Alpha blockers

    Alpha blockers are prescribed to treat hypertension and prostate issues. They are usually taken alongside other medications. 

  • Analgesics

    Some painkillers are available over the counter, whereas other pain treatments require a prescription from a clinician. 

  • Antibiotics

    Antibiotics are used to treat conditions including bronchitis, pneumonia, chlamydia and kidney infections. 

  • Anticoagulants

    Anticoagulants are used to help prevent blood clots, which can trigger a number of conditions, including heart attacks, strokes, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms. 

  • Antihistamines

    Antihistamines can be prescribed or purchased over the counter, and treat hay fever, hives, insect bites and stings and allergic reactions. 

  • Antipyretics

    Antipyretics can be used to bring down a high temperature, and may help to manage symptoms of flu, food poisoning and rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Blocked nose

    A blocked nose is rarely reflective of a serious condition, and does not usually necessitate any treatment specifically. 

  • Blood Clot

    A blood clot is a solid collection of blood, and occurs when too much blood gathers in one place in a vein. It can result in the development of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or a pulmonary embolism, which constitutes a medical emergency.

  • Cluster headaches

    It's thought that cluster headaches are triggered by overactivity in the hypothalamus section of the brain. They can be extremely painful. 

  • Constipation

    Constipation is a condition identified by an inability to regularly and comfortably pass stools. It can be caused by a number of dietary or health factors.

    1. Likely to affect everyone at least once
    2. Can result in pain when going to the toilet
    3. Simple to treat with prescription medication
  • Decongestants

    Decongestants can be used to treat numerous conditions, including cold and flus, sinusitis and allergies such as hay fever. 

  • Diarrhoea

    Diarrhoea is a condition which affects the gut. Symptoms include loose stools, and a sharp increase in bowel movements.

    1. Severe cases can lead to dehydration
    2. Can be acute or chronic in nature
    3. Easy to treat with prescription medication
  • Digestive Conditions

    Digestive conditions are typically triggered by diet, stress, or lifestyle choices, and are very common, with around 4 in 10 people showing at least one symptom of a digestive condition at any one time. 

  • Discoloured urine

    There is no specific treatment for a change in urine colour, but the underlying cause of it can be treated.

  • Diuretics

    Diuretics help to reduce blood pressure in the body by removing excess salt and water from the bloodstream. 

  • Dizziness

    Treatments for dizziness vary depending on the cause. Arrhythmia may require a pacemaker, whereas dizziness rooted in anxiety can be treated using cognitive behavioural therapy. 

  • Dry mouth

    Avoiding alcohol, caffeine or acidic beverages, and keeping the mouth hydrated are measures that can help to ease dry mouth. 

  • Eye Problems

    Typical indications of an eye infection are inflammation, itchiness and soreness, while dryness in the eye can make it feel as if there is something in the eye. 

  • Fever

    A fever can often be treated at home, using self-care measures such as staying hydrated and keeping the room at a comfortable temperature. 

  • Food poisoning

    Food poisoning is the result of consuming food or drink which is contaminated. It may be caused by bacteria, viruses or parasites, but isn't usually serious and passes of its own accord within two or three days. Staying hydrated and eating reduced meals are measures usually taken to treat it.

  • Gallstones

    Gallstones develop when small crystals manifest in bile, and become stones. These stones can move and obstruct the bile ducts, resulting in pain and inflammation, and sometimes produce an infection. Anyone presenting with symptoms should see a doctor. 

  • Haemorrhoids

    Haemorrhoids, known more commonly as piles, is a condition characterised by varicose veins in the back passage. These can cause discomfort, irritation, and sometimes rectal bleeding.

    1. Experienced by around 40% of people at least once
    2. Caused by high pressure in blood vessels
    3. Host of effective treatments readily available
  • Hay Fever

    Hay fever is simply defined as an allergy to pollen, or dust mites. During periods of activity, symptoms include sneezing, nasal irritation and swelling in the throat.

    1. More common during Spring
    2. Caused by airborne irritants like pollen
    3. Effective remedies are available
  • Heartburn

    Heartburn is a symptom often caused by GORD, a condition which is better known as acid reflux. It is typified by a painful, or burning feeling in the chest.

    1. Caused by stomach acids
    2. Lifestyle factors can induce symptoms
    3. Effective treatments are available
  • Hernia

    A hernia is a small lump that develops beneath the skin, usually around the groins, thighs or in the abdomen. It is caused by a torn muscle in the abdomen, resulting in fatty tissue or part of the bowel protruding through. 

  • Insomnia

    Insomnia is a condition which is characterised by the inability to sleep, or sleep to a comfortable degree.

    1. One third of UK people experience it
    2. Influenced by age and lifestyle
    3. Effective relief is available for over 55s
  • Itchy anus

    Itchy anus can be caused by diet, or in some cases hygiene problems or an underlying medical condition. 

  • Jaundice

    A doctor typically refers someone to hospital for same-day referral if they are unwell with jaundice. 

  • Loss of appetite

    Depending on what the cause is, treatment for a loss of appetite can vary from dietary measures to behavioural therapies. 

  • Loss of sense of smell

    If the cause of a loss of sense of small is short-term, treatment is not usually required. If it's a nasal obstruction or a bacterial infection however, you will need treatment. 

  • Migraines

    Migraines are very painful, intense headaches, often accompanied by other symptoms such as visual problems, or the need to be sick.

    1. Caused by inflamed blood vessels
    2. Can last for several days in some cases 
    3. Effective, rapid relief is available
  • Nausea

    Nausea is the name given to feelings of queasiness, which is in many cases is followed by vomiting, or actual sickness.

    1. Can lead to vomiting
    2. Often accompanied by abdominal pain
    3. Helpful treatments available
  • Norovirus

    Norovirus is a stomach bug that results in vomiting and diarrhoea. Symptoms are usually apparent within 1-2 days of contracting the infection. Typically you can treat yourself for the condition from home. You should avoid the school or work environments until symptoms have ceased.

  • NSAIDs

    NSAIDs are available in a number of different forms, including tablets, capsules, creams and suppositories. 

  • Proton Pump Inhibitors

    Proton pump inhibitors are typically used to treat gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and stomach ulcers. 

  • Sore throat

    A sore throat is typically triggered by the common cold or a viral infection. It can cause pain and irritation, which results in coughing. 

  • Stomach cramps

    Stomach cramps may be caused by lifestyle factors or diet, or can be caused by an underlying health condition. 

  • Stomach Ulcer

    A stomach ulcer manifests when there is an imbalance of acid levels in the stomach, resulting in an open sore developing. Severe abdominal pain tends to characterise the condition, and bloating, retching and nausea may be further symptoms.

  • Swollen glands

    Treatment for swollen glands depends on what the trigger is. If it's the common cold, for example, no treatment is necessary. If it's cancer however, treatment is extensive. 

  • Thyroid medication

    Thyroid medication is used to treat an overactive or an underactive thyroid. An overactive thyroid is often caused by Grave's disease, and an underactive thyroid is usually triggered by an immune system response. 

  • Traveller's diarrhoea

    Traveller's diarrhoea is a condition characterised by loose stools, and is often caused by a bacterial infection picked up when visiting a foreign country.

    At present, we do not offer treatments for traveller's diarrhoea through our service. To find out which treatment is most suitable for you, we recommend you visit your local travel clinic or your GP.

What sets acute illnesses apart from chronic illnesses is their duration of presence. Some may develop relatively quickly, and cause more intense symptoms over a shorter time period than chronic conditions.

Migraines can occur with varying frequency, and have a debilitating effect on a person’s capacity to perform at work and on their social life. Symptoms can vary, from a severe headache, to visual disturbances and nausea. It’s important to recognise the early warning signs, so that you can reduce the likelihood of symptoms developing to their full extent. Treatment for migraines works by easing tension in the swollen blood vessels putting pressure on the brain, and is available to buy from our online pharmacy.

Primary insomnia is a condition which occurs in people aged 55 and over, and is the result of a drop in melatonin production. Melatonin is a hormone which the body naturally releases at night-time, and facilitates sleep. Insomnia treatments work by supplementing levels of this hormone, and allowing the user to get a better night’s sleep.

Sometimes insomnia can occur as a result of another condition disrupting sleep patterns, such as leg cramps or arthritis. Treatment for secondary insomnia will usually focus on the medical condition responsible.

Haemorrhoids are not always an easy topic to speak to someone about in person. But effective treatment is available, and is easy to buy with our simple online consultation service. These medications function by reducing inflammation in the rectal area.

Heartburn, also known as acid reflux, occurs when the oesophageal sphincter cannot close properly. This can result in digestive acids leaking upwards into the food pipe from the stomach, and irritating tissue. Medications for heartburn often work by reducing the production of stomach acids, thereby lowering the likelihood of reflux.

The development of symptoms can be very sudden in allergies and hay fever. Antihistamine treatment can often help to alleviate these.

Acute conditions affecting the gut, such as diarrhoea and constipation, can also arise relatively quickly, sometimes in response to stress or dietary factors.

Traveller’s diarrhoea is a type of diarrhoea caused by bacteria, which people often tend to pick up when staying abroad.


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