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July 2016

We want to meet your friends! This July treat yourself and/or a New friend to Dysport®.

Treat you and a Friend to Dysport this monthDysport®, is a simple, effective treatment for fine lines and wrinkles that creates a youthful relaxed appearance.

  • Quick, effective and well tolerated treatment for frown lines and wrinkles
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  • Can be done as a 'lunchtime procedure'

Book your treatment today!

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Daily Exfoliating facial scrubProduct of the Month

Daily Exfoliating facial scrub

  • AHAs combined with smooth round beads gently remove dead skin cells and exfoliate the skin.
  • Encourages maximum penetration of subsequently applied active ingredients
  • Promotes cell renewal to stimulate collagen and reveal fresher, younger looking skin
  • Treats congestion by unclogging pores
  • Gentle enough for everyday use
  • Suitable for all skin types

 

Dr Pitsilis and Skinfresh Clinic online

We are excited to announce two new video channels - one for Dr Frances Pitsilis containing mainly medical articles. The other is for Skinfresh clinic with mainly Cosmetic and appearance articles - these will have an internal health component as it helps the skin.

Please visit us on these sites and let your friends and family know.

You can subscribe to each channel, as we will be loading more videos each week.

Dr Pitsilis has 52 videos in stock so far, so watch out for these as they come through.

In addition, below you will find her articles page, which is full of amazing information about many many health and cosmetic topics.

https://plus.google.com/116261027042676362143/videos

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2SoDgdkbF5iss6O_U0y6SQ

http://www.drfrances.co.nz/articles.html

 

Post Infectious Cough

Having trouble drinking that cold beer without coughing? Up to 25% of people suffer from a post-infectious cough - this is the cough that continues for 3-8 weeks after you have recovered from that cold or chest infection. It keeps you, or others, awake at night. It gets worse in air-conditioning, when you speak, go outside, laugh or have cold drinks.

Indeed some people get this post infectious cough every time they recover from a respiratory infection. Part of its definition is that it lasts eight weeks and resolves on its own. It is also associated with no abnormal findings including a normal chest x-ray. It is just that the cough drives everyone mad. It causes a lot of misery due to lost sleep, impaired performance, fainting or incontinence associated with the coughing attacks. There have even been fractured ribs and collapsed lungs.

The big three main causes of this persistent cough are:

  1. Postnasal drip - this is the mucus running down the back of your nose, past your palate and onto your windpipe.
  2. Asthma - unstable airways as a result of the previous infection.
  3. Persistent airway irritation - this is most often after a viral respiratory illness and due to persisting upper airway inflammation and irritation that reacts to the cold air environment.

Other causes can include sinusitis, gastric reflux, ACE inhibitor drugs (used for controlling blood pressure), heart disease, heart failure and other lung conditions. So, if the cough persists you need to see your doctor.

Why does it last this long?

Because although the infection itself has resolved, it takes several weeks for the airway irritation to completely settle in some people. It is important to note that antibiotics do not work for this condition. If it is due to postnasal drip, it is important to dry this drip up with a nasal spray and possibly decongestants. The old fashioned first generation antihistamines also help this.

Cough suppressants may be useful and if it is the post-infectious cough, inhaled or oral steroid drugs from your family doctor have a high success rate.

My tips for helping the post infectious cough are as follows:

  • Heat the bedroom to 25 degrees - it is not your body that needs to be warm, it is the air that you breathe that should be.
  • Drink hot honey drinks (with or without alcoholic spirit) - the honey coats the throat and the spirit may suppress the cough.
  • Find cold lozenges with the highest menthol content to suck on - this will heat up your throat and suppress the cough.

Remember that a cough that persists could be an indication of a more serious condition. It is important that if the cough does not go, for you to see your family doctor to check it out.

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