Help in an acute emergency
People in foreign-speaking countries usually visit a pharmacy because of slight health problems. However, in some cases the pharmacy also acts as a first point of contact and as a mediator for medical care. Foreign-language customers are grateful if they can communicate in English.
Heart palpitations, vertigo attacks and nausea can have quite different causes. If they occur while on holiday or during a stay abroad, the fear of not being able to communicate may even enhance the symptoms. In such a situation, many first seek advice at a pharmacy.
Before the affected person’s individual case can be assessed correctly, pharmacy technicians or the pharmacist will need to ask a few questions.
Questions and information
|Deutsch / German||Englisch / English|
|Atembeschwerden||breathing difficulties; respiratory problems|
|Beschwerden||health complaints, symptoms|
|Blutdruck hoher Blutdruck erhöhter Blutdruck niedriger Blutdruck||blood pressure high blood pressure, hypertension raised blood pressure low blood pressure, hypotension|
|Schwächegefühl||feeling of faintness|
|Schweißausbruch||onset of perspiration|
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Since March of last year, the "morning after pill" has been available in Germany without a prescription. In order to help the Bundesapothekerkammer has published a checklist with recommendations for action.
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In the case of an acute strain, muscle soreness or a slight injury as a result of a sports activity, affected persons seek rapid help at the pharmacy.
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Acute severe headaches
In the case of acute severe headaches, those affected ask for advice in the pharmacy and seek rapid help for their complaints. PTA Forum has compiled the most important vocabulary, questions and advice on the subject of "headaches".