Excessive Sweating – Is It A Medical Condition?

Sweating is a natural thing that occurs when it is necessary for the body to cool down. After severe exercise your body becomes hot and the same is the case when it is a hot weather. In such cases, sweating cools down the body. Fever can also make you sweat. Some people may sweat a little more than others and it’s perfectly normal. But say that you are not doing any physical work, just sitting in front of the TV in an air-conditioned room and in perfectly good health but sweating like someone who just walked out of the gym. Then it’s not normal. It indicates that you have a health issue.

Medical causes of excessive sweating

Is excessive sweating a sign of diabetes? Well, yes. There are also other health conditions that are associated with excessive sweating. People who are overweight will have an excessive sweating problem. If you have a thyroid problem then you are likely to sweat a lot. Heart problems have also been linked to excessive sweating.If you have night sweats then there is high chance that germs have spread to parts of your heart. In such case, you need to visit a doctor right away. If there is a blood clot in one of the major vessels of the heart then you might have excessive sweating. Symptoms of a certain type of cancer are also excessive sweating. You may suffer from anxiety disorder if you sweat too much. All these medical problems need immediate medical attention.

How to treat excessive sweating?

You should use antiperspirant daily. These can prevent perspiration. You can apply it to your underarm areas and any places where you sweat more. You can use talcum powder to make you feel comfortable. You should change your clothes and socks often so that you don’t develop any bad odor. If you have any medical condition for which you are sweating too much then you should see a doctor. Using an online pharmacy like this one can definitely help if you know which treatment is right for you.

If you find out that you have an excessive sweating problem, don’t feel embarrassed about it. The case can be serious. You should first find out whether your sweating is normal or not. If you find anything abnormal it is wise to go for a complete health checkup. Excessive sweating can put you under social pressure. You may not feel comfortable shaking hands with your colleagues or going to social gatherings. But you shouldn’t ignore this condition as it may have serious consequences if left untreated. The excessive sweating condition shouldn’t be taken lightly.

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3 factors that can affect a person’s health

We live with the notion that nothing can go wrong with our life and it usually gets a little late when we realize it can. One of the things that we can set right during the days of our life is to be healthy and maintain a healthy lifestyle. So let us take a look at some of the factors that affect our health and how we can work towards having a great lifestyle.

Physical well-being

Being physically well is imperative to leading a comfortable life. Both men and women need to be physically fit. But women need particular care when it comes to staying healthy as they go through different stages in life that men do not have to. For example, pregnancy is the period of time in a woman’s life where things change physically and mentally. Getting back to the stage, when you were before pregnancy, is a process that takes years. It is important to have regular check-ups done because the change they go through over the years is something that is incomprehensible.

Sex life

It is a topic that is not much talked about in the society due to how personal the topic can get. But it is important for a person to have a healthy and consistent sexual relationship throughout his life to lead a happy and healthy life. Sexual health defines the way things can go in a relationship. A couple who are satisfied with their sex life is seen to be happy compared to those who are not. It might lead to other issues and can eventually lead to the relationship ending in a bad way.

Sexual health also means being free from diseases that are transferred sexually. Having multiple sexual partners can lead to the infection of STDs, and some of these like HIV/AIDS is an extremely serious condition that the person’s life will be spoiled.

It is also important to use protection to avoid STDs and also unwanted pregnancies that can destroy all the future planning of a family.


Sound mental health is required to carry out day to day activities and help in leading a normal life. In students, it is seen that the academic stress sometimes breaks them and can lead to a number of disorders. Not scoring good grades can result in a child not being able to handle the situation well and ending up having a nervous breakdown or other mental issues.

People who are at work are seen to be under constant pressure to improve their performance and are seen to succumb to the pressure. The pressure from work can transcend to their homes and also affect their family life leading to a greater mess.

It is seen that a balance between work and social life is not able to be achieved by most of the people, which results in such issues. It has to be kept in mind that things should not be taken seriously and there is always time for you to have some fun. Know that you are the most important person in your life and do things that would make you and the ones around you happy and healthy.

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Ensuring Patient Safety: Are We Doing Everything Possible?

Patient safety has always been on the pharmacist’s agenda. Every dispensed medicine carries with it a whole set of checks to ensure that the patient gets medicines safely.

A case in point: oral methotrexate—safety checks include the following:

  • Providing patients with information before and during treatment
  • Ensuring dispensing software is updated to include the latest methotrexate alerts and prompts
  • Ensuring purchased products comply with recommendations

Findings from secondary care

All patients receiving oral methotrexate should carry a monitoring and dosage record. The UK CPA is exploring the best way to develop national reporting amongst community pharmacists. Lessons can be drawn from findings from secondary care. The National Reporting and Learning Scheme (NRLS) data include all patient safety incidents, of which about 6% relate to medicines.

Data are comparable with other studies around the world, which concluded that about 8% of medication errors occur during prescribing, 14% during dispensing and 35% at administration. Of dispensing errors, 22% were wrong doses, 21% wrong medicine and 7% wrong patient.

Drugs which are error-prone are similar in the US and the UK: insulin, heparin/warfarin, and morphine are generally among the top 10.

What does it mean for community pharmacists?

Some pharmacies are already collecting dispensing error data and this is an important resource. However, community pharmacists also can be a source of information on prescribing errors, administration errors (yes, by patients, as that is how the majority of medicines are administered).

How data will be collected and reported nationally is yet to be decided. Meanwhile, pharmacists can do the following:

  • Look at high-risk drugs and see if additional safeguards can be set up
  • Report problems with product packaging or labeling, either identified by yourselves or by patients
  • Review dispensing processes
  • Identify weak areas and build in safety steps such as checks, prompts, and reminders

Above all, be prepared to share your findings as it is through shared learning that true error-proofed systems can be devised.



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Preventing Harm to Patients: 4 Different Ways to Put the Right “Barrier”

Understanding and implementing safer systems of work can reduce the risk to patients. We are all looking for safer systems of work and often we put in place what seems like a good preventive step, maybe following on from an incident. There are a number of ways to ensure you are putting in the right “barrier”, and ways of ensuring it is will do what you are expecting it to.


4 types of barriers

Barriers can be grouped into four types:

  1. Human action – checking a drug dose prior to administration
  2. Administrative barriers – training, supervision, and procedures
  3. Physical – protective equipment/storage
  4. Natural – place time or distance

In practice, the easiest barriers to put in place are the human actions, but it is easy to see then why mistakes keep occurring. Barriers can be evaluated as being strong average or weak to counter a hazard. Any barrier involving human action is marked down.

Administrative barriers are only as good as their promulgation and need to be current and constantly reinforced.

Physical barriers are harder to implement as they require investment and often add in a time factor.

Natural barriers can again cause delay and are therefore often overlooked as cumbersome, but if you look at the measures recommended for safer use of potassium solutions, it is the physical separation of potassium, the requirement to treat it differently that makes the barrier effective. Recommendations for intrathecal chemo also uses “time” and separation (“place”) barriers to counter the hazard.


How to evaluate barriers

Barrier analysis can be used retrospectively when an incident has occurred, or prospectively, as part of a risk assessment strategy. A useful tool. Have a go.

Anyone interested in patient safety should look out the DoH/Design Council report – Design for Patient Safety. This is a document that is eye catching and makes a good read.

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Why Pharmacists Need to be Trained in Nutrition: The Fields Where Nutrition can be Applied

Why are there many pharmacists who aren’t involved in nutrition? When we were pharmacy students, we learned about protein, carbohydrates, fats, and fluids. Why not apply that knowledge in the treatment of patients?


Catabolic disease treatment

Catabolic patients burn amino acids for fuel, yet we want them to build protein to have the strength to get out of the hospital and recover from surgery or acute illness in the comfort of their own homes. Excess fats are bad for healthy people, but at 9kCal/g, you can’t beat it as an isotonic source of energy in the critically ill.


Diabetes treatment

Pharmacists need to understand the role of carbohydrates in diabetic patients. Good blood sugar control post-MI has been shown to improve outcome by 30%. In septic shock, it improves outcome by 40%. This is more cost-effective than thrombolytics or activated protein C.

The unique contributions of a pharmacist (formulation knowledge, incompatibility experience, and skill in managing interactions)—it’s all in nutrition! Choosing the most appropriate formulation for a tube-fed patient can be challenging; who else the pharmacist knows what is available? What tablets can you crush, what can you substitute to get the same therapeutic effect; these are questions for pharmacists to answer.



And then there’s nutraceuticals. The enteral feed can do more than just feed patients. Immune-modulating feeds contain arginine, purine nucleosides, and omega-3 fatty acids to enhance white blood cell function yet suppress inflammation. This has been shown to reduce the length of stay, improve outcome, and reduce treatment costs.


Intensive care and cancer treatment

Intensive care and cancer patients often receive multiple antibiotics. This, in turn, selects out resistant organisms. Pharmacists should be involved in decisions to give more potent antibiotics or think laterally about alternative options. Have you considered lactobacillus capsules? This is an area worth exploring. Coordinate with the dieticians about the transfer of parenteral nutrition to enteral. That’s a team working, and it’s rewarding for staff and patients.

So who says pharmacists can’t be trained to manage nutrition? Pharmacy and nutrition should always go hand in hand when treating patients.

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