Classifying summer flu correctly
In summer, when symptoms resembling a flu infection are experienced, several causes should be taken into consideration. In these cases, before recommending self-medication, pharmacy technicians first ask some specific questions. »PTA forum« lists the most important questions, terms and information for talks with English-speaking customers.
Fatigue, a temperature, headache and aching limbs – what looks like a summer flu could well be caused by FSME (encephalitis) viruses or, with the exception of a temperature, stem from an allergy to grasses and pollen.
Those who have not been vaccinated against FSME run the risk in many areas in southern and central Germany of becoming infected with the viruses by way of a tick bite. The consequences could be serious. Pharmacy technicians and pharmacists should therefore enquire about warning signals. Some other details help to distinguish an allergic rhinitis from a flu infection.
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|Erkältung||cold, common cold|
|FSME-Virus||FSME virus (encephalitis virus)|
|Hypertone Salzlösung||hypertonic salt (saline) solution|
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Winter cure for stomach and intestines
In winter, most people evidently eat more than in the warmer seasons. After eating fatty and sweet food, stomach and bowels often react with symptoms such as bloating, flatulence, constipation, cramps and discomfort.
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Common cold or allergy
Decongestant nasal drops and sprays are in season all year round. When used permanently, they cause addiction, as the nasal mucous membrane swells chronically. There is therefore a need for advice.
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In the case of sudden diarrhoea, those affected usually first ask the pharmacy for advice and seek rapid help against their symptoms.