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Akl Pharmacy has newly introduced to its nutrition product range ‘Vitarmonyl Kilo-Off’, an efficient diet produce which eliminates four kilograms in one month.

Starting october 2010, Akl Pharmacy will be offering the flu vaccine as subcutaneous injections with oral supplement tablets.

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Akl Pharmacy will be holding a promotion day for Avene Galenic products. Date will be announced very soon.

Recent Events:

Akl Pharmacy held on September 8, 2010 from 10:00am till 4:00pm a promotion for Nuxe laboratory latest products. During the  event, a Nuxe representative offered free facial care to invited clients and samples as well as  gifts and discounts on every purchase of any Nuxe cream.





Exercise & Blood Sugar Numbers

Exercise may cause low blood sugar numbers or high blood sugar numbers due to an increase in metabolic demands and due to the activity of insulin. Here are some ways to help prevent low or high blood sugars in diabetics who exercise:

- Avoid injecting insulin into parts of the body which will be exerted during exercise, as exercise may prolong or shorten the time of insulin reaction.
- Avoid exercising at the peak of insulin activity. Insulin should be administered approximately one hour before you begin exercising.
- Avoid alcohol and beta blocker drugs around the time of exercise because they may cause low blood sugar.
- Eat a snack just before and during exercise, and monitor your blood sugars before, during, and after exercise.
- Keep simple carbohydrates, such as fruit juice or hard candy, and other food available. Also keep some extra insulin with you in case of emergencies.
- If you experience pain in your chest, nausea, heart palpitations or severe shortness of breath during exercise, stop and consult your doctor.



Caring for newly pierced ears, problems that can occur, and how to solve them

Once you have your new piercings, buy some hydrogen peroxide (if you don't have some already). You'll need to clean your ears once or twice daily (when you get them pierced, you should receive instructions; they vary depending on where you get them done). Put some peroxide on a cotton ball and gently swab around the piercings on the back and front of your ear. Move the earrings side to side, gently, so you can get as close to the actual piercing as possible. This may hurt at first, when the piercing is brand new. However, it will prevent germs from getting in this new opening before it heals, and will go a long way towards preventing infection.

 A few times a day (many people find themselves doing this all the time), turn your earrings so the piercing doesn't heal around them. If you don't turn your earrings, the skin will grow back in around the earrings and you won't be able to get them out. Make a point of doing this at least twice a day. If you do it more often (playing with your new piercing), that's fine. Turning them more is better than turning them less.

Be sure to leave your studs in for at least six weeks (recommendations will vary). If your piercing is having trouble healing - bleeding, crusting (make sure this is clear scabbing fluid and not pus), still painful, etc. - leave your studs in longer and continue to clean the piercings frequently. If your ears are healing well, you can remove the earrings after six weeks. However, continue wearing earrings most days, and stick with studs. Make sure the studs are hypoallergenic if your skin is at all sensitive. Wait a few more weeks, at least, before wearing any dangling earrings or non-hypoallergenic ones (until the piercing is healed even better).

 Be aware that once you remove your studs, if you don't wear earrings for awhile, the holes can still close up. The piercings are not entirely healed when you remove the studs. Depending on how often you wear earrings, they can take months or even years to completely heal. (If you rarely wear earrings, then every time you choose to do so you'll be punching through partially-healed openings, are creating the piercing again. Then you start the healing process all over.)

When inserting earrings, hold your earlobe carefully. Don't pull down on it at all. Aim the earring through the hole at a completely straight angle. If it does not work, try changing angles slightly until you can get the earring in. This will depend on the angle at which your ear was pierced. Also, be aware that if you haven't worn earrings in awhile, and your piercings are fairly new, the holes may have closed up. Don't ever try to force an earring through your ear. If it hurts, your ear turns bright red or begins bleeding, stop trying to put the earrings in.

Be aware that while your piercings are new, the holes are larger than they will be (slightly) than when they heal. Don't wear small backings on your earrings; they can actually go inside the piercing and become stuck in your ear. This can cause a lot of problems for you. Should this happen, try to remove it on your own first. Get a cotton ball soaked in peroxide and clean the back of your ear. Then hold your earlobe in one hand and isolate the backing. Use your fingers to try to guide it to the opening of the piercing and remove it. Keep the peroxide on hand. You will need to continue cleaning the wound. Also, because this is painful, the cool peroxide will take away some of the pain. If you cannot remove it fairly quickly, go to the emergency room.

If your ears ever become very red and sore, and begin leaking any non-clear fluid (clear fluid that dries quickly is a sign that the wound is scabbing and nothing to worry about), they are infected. Remove your earrings and see a doctor. You will need to let your piercings heal. You may choose to re-pierce your ears later; however, you cannot rescue this time. Follow your doctor's instructions in the case of infection.

 If you follow these guidelines, you are well prepared to care for your pierced ears!




Remember stick nothing in your Ears: not even a cotton swab. All you will end up doing is pushing the ear wax deeper into the ear. Here's what you do if you don't have a ear irrigation and cleaning kit from the store. First never irrigate if a perforation or tear exists to the ear drum. Then proceed by placing a few drops of Hydrogen Peroxide or Mineral Oil into the ear cannel. This will help soften and loosen the wax Try this for a day or to. Once the wax is soft irrigate your Ear with tepid water using a bulb syringe. Be sure not to use to much pressure, then turn your head to the side to empty out the wax while still irrigating until your through. Next Blow Dry Your Ears and place a drop of Alcohol in each ear this will complete the drying. You should do this each time after you shower to help from wax build up. Doctors also say not to shake or wiggle your ear to try to get water out.



Bloody Nose

The first thing to do when a bloody nose strikes, is to pinch your nose and put your head between your knees. Placing your head back, only allows the blood to run down to your stomach. Try an ice pack. The cold encourages the blood vessels to narrow and reduces bleeding. Blow the clot out. Before you try to stop a nose bleed, give your nose one good vigorous blow. Blowing your nose causes the clot to come out, which in turn causes the blood vessels to snap back and close off. You may also use wet cotton or gauze to plug up the nostril for about 5 to 10 minutes, and then when you remove it, the bleeding will hopefully have stopped. Also, don't pick at it, for it takes 7 to 10 days to heal. You may also apply an antibiotic / steroid ointment to help speed the healing process, and help eliminate infection.



Bad Breath

Rinse your mouth out. When you can't brush, you can rinse. Go to a restroom after meals and get a mouth fool of water. Swish it around, and wash the smell of food out of your mouth. Spit the water out, of course. Also, eat three meals a day. Bad breath can be caused by not eating too. One of the side effects of fasting or a poor diet is bad breath. You also should brush your tong. Your tong is covered with little hair-like projections, which, under a microscope, looks like a little forest of mushrooms. Under the caps of the mushrooms, there is room to harbor plaque and some of the things we eat. That causes bad breath. While brushing, gently sweep the top of your tongue, too. Don't leave food and bacteria behind to breed bad breath. Spice is also nice. Certain herbs and spices you keep in your kitchen are natural breath enhances. Carry a tiny plastic bag of cloves, fennel, or anise seeds and chew it thoroughly. Don't forget, watch what you eat and drink, for the contents of your stomach can cause bad breath too.



Tooth Ache

Rinse your tooth ache away. Take a mouthful of water (at body temperature) and rinse vigorously, because if your tooth ache is caused by trapped food, a thorough rinse may dislodge the problem. Also, holding a swig of whiskey over the painful tooth could numb the pain. Another thing is to rinse with salty water. After each meal and at bedtime, stir 1 teaspoon of salt into an 8-ounce glass of water (again, at body temp). Hold each mouthful; roll it around your mouth, then spit. Something else to do, is keep your mouth shut. If cold air moving pass the tooth is a problem, just shut off the flow. Or, you can keep your mouth open. Some toothaches happen when one's bite isn't quite right. In that case, avoid shutting your mouth as much as possible until the doctor can take a look. Another thing is to swallow your aspirin. Don't believe that old time remedy that calls for placing an aspirin directly on the aching gum. This can cause an aspirin burn. For pain relief, take an aspirin every 4 to 6 hours as required. Also, for pain relief, you can use oil of cloves. Most drugstores carry tiny bottles of this oil. Drop a little directly on the tooth, or dab with a cotton ball and pack the elixir next to the ache.



Foot Odor

Be careful what you eat. As weird as it may sound, when you eat spicy or pungent food, the essence of these odors can be excreted through the sweat glands on your feet. So your feet can end up smelling like your lunch! A neat trick that Europeans do is to sprinkle the fragrant herb sage into their shoes to control odor. Maybe this will do the trick for you. Another thing is to change socks as frequently as possible. Even three or four times a day. Also, you can use an antiperspirant. A pretty effective trick to use is using a deodorant on your feet. You can buy foot deodorants, or even use your underarm deodorant. But, be aware, that deodorants do not stop perspiration. Also, don't use an antiperspirant if you have athlete's foot, because it will sting.




Don't drink and sleep. Alcohol before bed makes snoring worse. Also, you can sew a tennis ball onto the back of your pajamas, that way, when you roll over on your back, you hit this hard object and unconsciously you roll off your back. People who snore, usually snore more when they sleep on their backs. Another thing is to not use large pillows, for they will make you snore more. If you must sleep on your back, then remove the pillows from your bed, so your head will be flat on the mattress. Something else to try, is evaluating your bed. Raising your upper torso, not just your head, this can help minimize the noise. Put a couple of bricks under the legs at the head of the bed.




Something to do when you are depressed is to do something active. Don't just sit around the house moping or watching television, because it will make you more depressed. This remedy involves getting away from home. It really doesn't matter what you choose to do, as long as you stay active. Go for a walk, bike ride, visit a friend, exercise, etc. Also, talking or sharing your feeling with someone, like a friend, can really help. Find a friend that is caring and tell them what is on your mind. If talking your problem out leads to tears, let them flow. Crying is a great release, especially if you know what you are crying about. Another thing is to do something really boring. This may help you snap out of the blues, because it will distract and take your attention away from your woes. For instance, clean your bathroom tiles with a toothbrush, or study the same leaf over and over again. Something else to do is to close the refrigerator. Eating may help and make you feel good at the time, but it can add depressing inches to your waistline. If this is a problem, you might have to get out of the house for awhile to fight the urge to eat. If depression is a major problem for you, talk to your doctor about a Serotonin Uptake Inhibitor, like Prozac or Paxil. These medications can do wonders if your doctor says they are right for you.




Compressing something soothing to sunburn can really help. Dip a towel into plain, cold water and place it over the burn. Repeat this every 15 minutes, or until the towel gets warm. Or you can mix 1 cup of skim milk with 4 cups water, then add a few ice cubes. Dip a towel into this mixture. Apply compresses for 15 to 20 minutes, and then repeat every 2 to 4 hours. Also, cool baths for larger areas will work well, but don't rub your skin or it will irritate it further. You can make a cool bath with 1 cup of white vinegar, or sprinkle baking soda into tepid bathwater; but instead of drying off with a towel; let the solution dry on your skin. Another thing you can do is put your moisturizer in the freezer for about 10 to 15 minutes before applying. This lotion could be Eucerin, Wibi, or aloe vera. Also, pain relievers, such as Tylenol, aspirin, or codeine, but as always, check with your doctor first.




When you get a headache and decide to take an Aspirin, take it right away, when it first starts, otherwise, it may not work very well. If you have a slight headache, you may want to try exercising. But if you have a severe headache, don't exercise, because it will make the headache worse, especially if you have a migraine. Something you can do is protecting your eyes from any light, because it might lead to a headache. This includes: sun, fluorescent lighting, television, etc. They can start with squinting, eyestrain, and then a headache. Here are some things that you could avoid that trigger headaches: strong perfumes, a lot of caffeine, milk, chewing gum, high salt intakes, chocolate, nuts, and aged cheese. Also, if you eat ice cream too fast, you probably will feel an intense rush of pain in your head. Eat ice cream slowly so that your palate will cool gradually instead of receiving a shock of cold. Here is a few extra tricks to try: 1. Using your forefinger and thumb, apply pressure in a massaging motion to the bony ridges at the back of the neck. 2. You may want to try a cold compress on your forehead and/or neck. 3. Some people prefer hot showers by pointing the shower-head at the back of your neck.




If you have fatigue, exercising can actually give you energy. Taking a brisk walk 3 to 5 times a week, for 20 to 30 minutes at a time should do it, but take walks no later than 2 hours before bedtime. Also, watching television will lull human beings into lethargy. Instead of watching T.V., try reading. It is more energizing and it gets you more motivated. Another thing that you should do is not to oversleep. You will tend to be groggy all day. Usually, about 8 hours of sleep at night is enough for most people. Something that doctors advise you to do is eat a light lunch if you get fatigue a lot. For some people, this is probably the advice to go by: soup, salad, and a piece of fruit. It is light, and also a nutritious lunch. But if this is not enough for you, you should probably eat your largest meal of the day at lunch, followed by a 20 minute walk. Another thing that can make you feel fatigued is if you live in a dark house. You should probably get out into the sunshine, and/or open windows and make your house brighter. Another thing that you can do is listening to music. You should listen to any kind of music that peps you up. You should also drink water whenever you take a walk or whatever, so you don't get dehydrated, which eventually leads to fatigue. So you should drink a lot of water. Something else you should do is only drinking 1 or 2 cups of coffee in the morning to get you into gear. Don't drink too much coffee, or it may backfire. Caffeine makes you feel like you have more energy, but you really don't. Some things you can take is a shot of B12, and you should takes some vitamin C.



Oily Skin

Heredity plays a big part in oily skin, but so do hormones. There is no magic cure for oily skin, but here are some tips to help. Something worthwhile is clay or mud masks. However, the effects are only temporary, not long lasting. The darker brown the clay (mud), the more oil it can absorb. White or rose-colored clays are gentler and work best on sensitive skin.

Hot water on your oily skin is good too. Hot water and soap will dissolve the skin oil better than cold water and soap. Also, the kind of soap you may want to use is soaps that dry the skin. Some of these soaps that can be used are: Safeguard, Dial, and Ivory. You should go heavy on the soap, and scrub the skin. You may also want to purchase specialized degreasing soaps, such as: Cuticura Mildly Medicated Soap, Clearasil soap, and Neutrogena Oily Skin Formula.

Something else to use is water-based cosmetics if you have oily skin. You wouldn't want to use oil-based ones, because it would add to your oiliness. Also, for additional shine-free protection, some women use simple products such as Johnson's Baby Powder. It makes a good face powder when fluffed lightly over makeup.








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