Monday, January 25, 2016

Heat Rash — what is it and how can it be managed?

Prickly Heat , also commonly known as Heat Rash is caused by blocked sweat glands.  Babies and children can also get prickly heat rash in hot weather because their sweat glands are not fully developed. 

The tiny white bumps indicative of prickly heat can be found in a number of areas including
¨ Face
¨ Neck
¨ Under breasts
¨ Groin
¨ Elbow folds
¨ Abdomen
 Prickly heat is prevalent in the summer months and particularly in humid climates.

Aggravating Factors
¨ High humidity
¨ High temperature
¨ Sauna’s & steam rooms
¨ Fever
¨ Sunburn
¨ Sweating or hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating)
¨ Tight garments
¨ Non-breathable fabrics
¨ Perfumes,
¨ Body oils,
¨ Fragranced lotions

¨ Wash the affected area with a non-soap wash i.e. Pinetarsol Gel.
¨ Rinse with water and repeat as often as needed, after exercise or prolonged heat exposure.
¨ cool packs are a great way to relieve the itchiness, and in more severe cases use of cortisone & anti fungal creams.  Talk to your GP or Pharmacist about these.
¨ Wear light cotton or absorbent fabrics that  aerate the skin especially in the folds of the skin i.e.     elbows, knees and groin areas.

Try an easy to use soothing spray like Mario’s Prickly Heat Spray
Mario’s Range
Prickly Heat Spray
ü Provides rapid relief of symptoms of Prickly Heat Rash
ü Easy to apply spray bottle
ü Instantaneously cooling
ü Sooths and calms skin
ü Contains antiseptic to stop infection

Monday, January 18, 2016

Words of Wisdom by By Mario Calanna

Dear Club Member

Welcome to a New Year. Most of us approach it with enthusiasm, expectation and a big list of dreams. It is funny how we innately believe that because the number of the year  changes – we can expect a better year and an improvement on the old year.

However life being what it is – there will be always be good times and challenging times on a daily – yet alone a yearly  basis. We will never have 365 days that go our way – day in and day out. So if we are going to have a more achieving year, a year during which we improve ourselves, our family, our friends and our community. We need to choose what and where we really need to improve and achieve.

I invite you to follow these simple steps to determine your main goals for a better you in 2016:

1. Too Many, Too Much
We normally have too big a list and expect too much of ourselves. Normally 1 to 3 main goals have huge positive effects over 12 months.   We need to remember that it takes years to        develop the habits we have and so it will take one or more months to establish a “new groove” and build a new  habit. So keep your big goals small in number, have a plan and follow it with patience and confidence.

2. Too Tough, Too Soon
High expectation for results can lead us to spend too much time per day and just wear ourselves out. Gone are the new resolutions. Need to be practical and patient.

3. Too Hard core
we can be too focused on our goal and tied to our plan that we neglect the other parts of our life – fun, family and friends.

4. Too Rigid 
As mentioned above failure and disappointment will always occur.  Again a time to accept the setback and gradually move back into our plan.The more important our goal – the more challenges we may encounter. The more mentally tough we need to be.

5. Too Vague
our plan needs to be specific and clear so that we know where we are and how to continue our journey toward our goals.

6. No Measurement
 If we have no way of determining where we are and how far you have come – the chance of continuing towards our goal/s becomes more unlikely. We    really cannot get away from numbers and graphs.

7. Lack of the WHY and the PASSION
To see the result and continue to push towards them. The goal/s we have       chosen should have a big and defined WHY? It/they need to ignite our passion and our desire to eagerly pursue it/them day in and day out.

Good luck on your 2016 journey. May your goals and their achievements improve yourself, your family, your friends and your community.

 Take Care……………….Mario


A number of everyday medications were delisted from the PBS in the New Year leading to a review by pharmaceutical companies on these products and Calanna Pharmacy is urging people to prepare.

In total 17 types of medicines have been affected by the changes which are part of a package of PBS reform measures passed by the Government in   early 2015.

The biggest changes include the delisting of a number of first line therapy medicines such as aspirin and paracetamol and the consequential manufacturer price increase on the commonly used Panadol Osteo.
Some of the more familiar medicine brands delisted include Astrix (aspirin),  Panamax (paracaetamol;500 mg tablet, 100ml liquid, 200ml liquid) and Panadol Osteo (paracetamol; 665mg modified release tablets), as well as Chlorsig eye drops (0.5%) and ointment (1%), Ducolax suppositories (10mg) Gaviscon P and Mylanta P.
The changes are part of the Federal Government’s PBS Access and Sustainability Package which the Government has estimated will save taxpayers around half a billion dollars over the next five years.


1. Know your active ingredient
Active ingredients are what makes your medicines work.  Some products may have more than one active ingredient in them.  If you are taking more than one type of medicine, check the active               ingredient to make sure you are not doubling up on a dose.  

Knowing the active ingredient means that if the brand of medicine you would normally take is not available, it is easier to find other products that are suitable for you to use.

2. Know your dose
Some medicines might have the same active ingredient but in different strengths.  If you are buying these medicines over the counter, it is important to know how much active ingredient is in each tablet and how many tablets you need to take to manage your health condition.  This information is also important when you need to take more than one product that may contain the same active ingredient – for example, cold and flu medicines contain paracetamol as do pain relief medicines.

3. Keep a medicines list
Consider preparing an up-to-date list of all your medicines that show important information, such as the active ingredients and the brand names.  Take this list to your Pharmacist and use it to identify suitable products that you can take if your usual medicine brand is not available.

4. Talk to a professional
Talk to us and talk to your GP about the changes and how they may affect you.

Monday, December 14, 2015

How to Survive the Festive Season | Practitioner: Katie Faile

If you’re going to try to get through the holiday season with your sanity, credit card and waist line intact—you will need a few strategies to help you deal with the stressors this time of year brings.   Christmas can polarize people, those who love it and those who don’t.  Some may feel overwhelmed by the commercial pressures to spend your way to perfection and happiness, only to feel stressed and morose to the max.  Some strategies you may need to help you successfully navigate your way through this Christmas include:-

  1. Drink plenty of water, prior to partying and between alcoholic drinks, always finish your night on 2 large glasses of water to help re-hydrate your body.  Keep your blood sugar levels balanced.  This helps to balance the emotions and energy levels.  Eating makes a big difference to how the body absorbs alcohol.  Eat a meal which includes proteins, nuts, seeds or slow release carbohydrates like vegetables and beans.
  2. Make sure you give yourself a night off. Reschedule catching up with friends in the new year and go for a picnic or bush walk instead.
  3. Take a strong multi vitamin/mineral supplement that contains at least 50 mg of        Vitamin B6.  Vitamin C helps to metabolize alcohol and reduces harmful effects to the liver, try 500 mg of slow release vitamin C. Remember not to drink coffee at least 2 hours after taking a Vitamin supplement as their full benefit reduces during this time.
  4. If you wake up with a sore head, activated charcoal soaks up about 80 times it’s weight in   toxins, this will reduce the ill    effects of the previous evenings indulgences.
  5.  Look after your liver.  Start the day with 1/2 a lemon squeezed into body temperature water.  A liver tonic, tea or supplement that includes St Mary’s thistle can actually regenerate liver cells.
  6. If the festive season gives you the blues, ask for help. If symptoms are relatively new and you are not taking any medication St John’s Wort is helpful in reducing some forms of depression. (not for those on anti depressants, organ rejection drugs or hormone       replacement).  You can also try Omega 3 oil supplements, chamomile tea or burn             deliciously scented oils such as rose or lavender .
 Above all be gentle and compassionate with yourself and others, after all this is the true meaning of the “Spirit of Christmas” .

Christmas greetings, hope and happiness to you all from the team  at your local Calanna Pharmacy 


Hello Club Member,
Welcome to December, the season of Giving and the end of another year of “your” life. For those of us who believe – it is the celebration of the birth of Jesus.

However - for all of us - it is a time to  enjoy more family time, a break from the daily grind and an opportunity to reflect and determine the New Year - Our New Year.

We can reflect upon our success through the following questions:

1. How many of my top goals did I achieve?
2. Have these goals led me towards my Purpose in Life?
3. Are the bonds between my family, my friends and my work colleagues – more meaningful and stronger?
4. Am I content with my life balance between health, learning, finance, personal and work life?
5. Can I look into the mirror and see a better me? Do I like the me I see?

Jim Rohn said:“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines practiced every day”  and John Maxwell would say that these practiced disciplines plus knowing your purpose in life and applying Intentional Living to the mix – almost guarantees you will become who you are meant to be and leave a Legacy of Significance.

“Intentional Living – living with intent to act and do – is what causes you to start. It does not allow good intentions to stay as merely intentions” – John Maxwell.

Michelle Payne’s Melbourne Cup success is a current and wonderful example of a Purpose in life, of a Big Dream, of disciplines practiced every day, of Intentional living and working with family, with a horse, with owners and the trainer.  The power of the story lies in the Dream of One infused into the lives of many. It     exemplifies Determination with the power of Humility.

Humility to accept that she was only part of a team needed to achieve the Dream.  It is a success story that began over 20 years ago borne of a Big Dream to win the Melbourne Cup and the unshakable belief in this dream since the age of 5.   What carried her through the years of sweat, heart break, near fatal accidents and day to day practiced disciplines –“GRIT”.

Grit = Passion + Perseverance + Purpose + Patience = Disciplined Intentional Living

Her story is one to admire, to enjoy and to spur us to achieve our own Big Dream. To write your own story.
I wish to thank you for your loyalty to Calanna this year. We thank you for your trust by choosing to allow us the           privilege of serving your needs. It is our Mission to continue to improve our    products, our services and our people – so that you are offered the best help at all times.

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more – But those giving more” …Jackson Brown Jr

I wish you a Holy Christmas and an Intentional, Successful 2016…………..Mario

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