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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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