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7 Early Signs of Male Pattern Baldness

Posted Friday 16 March 2018 15:23 by Tim Deakin in Hair Loss

With around 40% of men experiencing hair loss before the age of 35, here are the warning signs you need to look out for

Men are highly unlikely to go through their whole lives without experiencing some level of hair loss. By the age of 60, around 65% of men will have noticeable hair loss, and this number jumps to 80% by the age of 80.

But despite male pattern baldness being an extremely common condition, many men are still self conscious about it. Thankfully, there are effective treatments available (more on that below) but spotting the signs early will give you a greater chance of delaying, preventing and even reversing hair loss with the right treatment in place. With that in mind, here are 7 early warning signs of male pattern baldness to look out for.

You can see the difference in photos

When changes happen over the course of months or years, it can be difficult to see them. Comparing your current hair thickness to old photographs will give you a clearer idea of whether hair loss is becoming an issue.

You wake up to hairs on your pillow

A small amount of hair shedding is perfectly normal, but if your pillow is particularly hairy first thing in the morning it can be a sign that male pattern baldness is underway. The same is also true of finding hairs on your shirt shoulders, or on your desk at work.

You notice a change in your hairline

Male pattern baldness usually starts at the hairline, so this is likely to be where the first signs occur. You may notice your hairline forming an ‘M’ shape which overtime recedes further to a ‘U’ shape. Keep an eye on your reflection to see if you spot any changes.

You spot thinning hair on your crown

After the hairline, the crown is the most common area for male pattern baldness to develop. Hair loss will spread outwards from the top of your head, which can be trickier to spot so you may need a handheld mirror.

You find a lot of hair in your comb

If every time you comb your hair you pull away a significant clump of strays, this is a clear sign that hair loss is on the cards. This simple action could be making your hair loss worse by causing unnecessary friction, so be sure to comb gently and avoid tugging on tangles.

The texture of your hair has changed

If styling your hair has become more difficult and it feels different to run your fingers through it, there’s a good chance that it’s thinning. It may appear wispier with more flyaways.

Your family members are balding

Male pattern baldness is a genetic condition, so if you notice other male relatives going bald then you need to keep a close eye on your own head of hair. Finding out when exactly older relatives started to lose their hair can give you an idea of what kind of timescale to expect.

What can you do about it?

If you notice any of these early signs of male pattern baldness, it’s important that you seek treatment as soon as possible. Propecia and Finasteride (Propecia’s unbranded medical equivalent) are two safe treatment options available from Express Pharmacy, both of which have been proven in their effectiveness at treating male pattern baldness.

In both medications, 99% of men had visible results after two years of treatment — 66% experienced hair regrowth and a further 33% had no further hair loss. When using either of these medications, you should start to see results within three to six months.

Find further information and support for a variety of health concerns by contacting the Express Pharmacy team. You can call us on 0208 123 07 03 or use our discreet Live Chat service.

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What Does the Winter Olympics Teach Us About Traveller’s Diarrhoea?

Posted Monday 12 March 2018 11:11 by Tim Deakin in Travellers Diarrhoea

With significant numbers of people suffering prior to the Winter Olympics, it’s vital you know how to avoid this unpleasant and potentially dangerous problem.

If you were as gripped by the recent Winter Olympics as we were then you’ll now know your skeleton from your luge and your half pipe from your curling. The Games were held in Pyeongchang County, Gangwon Province in South Korea, and almost 3,000 athletes from 92 nations participated in more than 100 events. However, it wasn’t all fun and games when it came to the health of those involved.

Ahead of the events, a serious case of traveller’s diarrhoea led to dozens of members of the organization being quarantined, and the South Korean military being deployed.

In total, around 1,200 members of the security staff were quarantined and tested for norovirus. The Korea Centre for Disease Control (KCDC) stated that it suspected food and drink were to blame for the infection.

Here we have an example of just how unpleasant traveller’s diarrhoea can be. Traveller’s diarrhoea is a harmful, potentially dangerous condition which requires constant care and vigilance if it is going to be avoided and treated. So if you’re planning to go abroad this spring, here is the information you need in order to stay safe and avoid developing traveller’s diarrhoea.

What do you need to know about traveller’s diarrhoea?

Most cases of traveller’s diarrhoea occur within the first week of your travels, and thankfully the majority of cases are mild and resolve themselves within 3 to 5 days. However, sometimes additional symptoms occur which make traveller’s diarrhoea more serious, meaning treatment will be required.

Traveller’s diarrhoea can be defined as passing three or more loose bowel movements within a 24 hour period. It can be accompanied by any of the following symptoms: fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain or cramps and the urgent need to pass a bowel movement.

The condition can be caused by a variety of different sources, such as bacteria like E.coli, parasites like Giardia or viruses like norovirus. All of these organisms are spread through consuming contaminated food and water, or through contact between the mouth and contaminated crockery, cutlery or hands.

Preventing the onset of traveller’s diarrhoea is largely dependent on practicing good hand hygiene and effective food and water precautions. You should wash your hands thoroughly before eating or handling food, and after using the toilet. You should also avoid ice in drinks, food that has been kept warm for an extended period of time, raw food, dairy products, unbottled water and food from street vendors. Instead, opt for consuming packaged and sealed food, sterile (pre-boiled) and sealed water from a bottle, canned food and freshly cooked food which is piping hot.

If you do contract traveller’s diarrhoea, rest and hydration are key to treating it effectively. This is particularly true for young children. Clear fluids such as sterile water, diluted fruit juices or oral rehydration solutions should be consumed regularly.

There is also effective medication available for traveller’s diarrhoea, such as Azithromycin. This is a kind of antibiotic used to treat cases of bacterial traveller’s diarrhoea, specifically for travellers who have journeyed to South Asia or South East Asia, such as India or Thailand respectively. One tablet, taken daily for a three day period, can significantly help to treat a case of traveller’s diarrhoea quickly, helping the sufferer to become well again in as little time as possible.

Azithromycin is available from Express Pharmacy.

For more guidance, support and treatment regarding a wide variety of common health concerns, contact Express Pharmacy today. Call us on 0208 123 07 03 or use our discreet online live chat service.

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6 Myths About Emergency Contraception Made Clear

Posted Tuesday 27 February 2018 10:21 by Tim Deakin in Emergency Contraception

There is a lot of information out there about emergency contraception. But how do you know what to believe?

Emergency contraception is an effective method of ensuring that sexual intercourse doesn’t result in pregnancy, especially following unprotected sex. Even if other contraceptive methods are used, using the morning after pill can help provide extra protection for any margin of error.

However, many people get confused about the prospect of using emergency contraception, and there is a lot of misinformation fuelling the fire. When should you use it? What are your options? Is it safe? Let’s myth-bust some common misconceptions about emergency contraception.

“There is only one option when it comes emergency contraception”

Actually, there are several emergency contraception options out there which can help prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. There are two main forms of emergency contraception: the emergency IUD (otherwise known as the emergency coil) and the morning after pill. Whilst the morning after pill is the more commonly used of the two, it’s important to speak to a healthcare professional about which option is best for your specific circumstances.

There are also options within these options too. Both Levonelle and ellaOne are popular and effective emergency contraception tablets.

“Emergency contraception can terminate a pregnancy”

The morning after pill and the abortion pill are two completely different kinds of medication and should never be used interchangeably. If you are already confirmed to be pregnant, emergency contraception like the morning after pill will make no difference to the development of your pregnancy. It should only be used to prevent pregnancy.

“Emergency contraception affects your future fertility”

There is no evidence to suggest that even multiple uses of the morning after pill can affect your fertility in the long term. It will not reduce your future chances of falling pregnant. Even if you have unprotected sex again several days after taking the contraception there is no evidence that your chances of falling pregnant will be any lower.

“You will experience a lot of unpleasant side effects”

Like many medications, emergency contraception carries with it the risk of experiencing side effects. However, like many medications, most people will be able to use the treatment without experiencing any negative symptoms at all. If you do experience side effects, they will most likely be mild and temporary.

Possible side effects of the morning after pill include headaches, nausea, stomach pain and irregular menstrual flow.

“It only works if you take it straight after sexual intercourse”

Modern emergency contraceptive treatments like Levonelle and ellaOne have an extended period of effectiveness, meaning you can take them up to 3 to 5 days after unprotected sex and still reduce your chances of falling pregnant.

However, it is true that the sooner you take emergency contraception, the more effective it is. EllaOne has been shown to be around 98% effective if taken within twelve hours of sexual intercourse, but can be taken anytime up to 120 hours after unprotected sex.

Similarly, Levonelle is 95% effective if taken within 12 hours of unprotected sex, 85% if taken between 12 and 24 hours after sex, 75% effective if taken between 24 and 48 hours after sex and 58% effective if taken between 48 and 72 hours after sex.

“Emergency contraception is difficult to get”

Research suggests that only 7% of women are aware of just how simple it is to acquire emergency contraception. It can be obtained directly from your local pharmacy, from a sexual health clinic, your GP or a walk-in centre. You can even obtain it without leaving the house by ordering from trusted online pharmacies like Express Pharmacy.

For treatment and advice on emergency contraception and other healthcare queries, contact the team at Express Pharmacy today. Call 0208 123 07 03 or use our discreet online Live Chat service.

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Eating Disorders Under the Microscope

Posted Monday 26 February 2018 09:15 by Tim Deakin in Weight loss

In the UK alone, there are over 1.6 million people estimated to be directly affected by an eating disorder. Of this 1.6 million, 11% are male and 89% are female, and 14-25 year olds are the group most affected by eating disorders.

Conditions like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are common and serious issues in the UK.

On average, 149 weeks go by before someone experiencing symptoms of an eating disorder seeks help. This equates to almost three years, 37 months or 1,043 days during which they suffer in silence.

There are up to 18 new cases of bulimia per 100,000 people every year in the UK, and around 1 in 100 women aged between 15 and 30 is affected by anorexia.

Anorexia & Bulimia

Although both conditions are more common in young women, anorexia and bulimia can affect men and women of any age. Anorexia usually involves sufferers trying to keep their weight as low as possible by not eating enough food or by exercising too much. Bulimia sufferers tend to go through periods of eating a lot of food in a short amount of time and then forcing themselves to be sick, use laxatives or do excessive exercise (or a combination of all three) in an effort to stop themselves gaining weight.

Both of these conditions can be recognised by severe weight loss, fear of putting on weight and being very critical of weight and body shape — to the point where sufferers believe they are overweight despite being a healthy weight or underweight. Both disorders are also often accompanied by mood changes, including feeling very tense, tired, anxious and acting secretively.

Sufferers may miss meals or avoid certain foods they see as fattening, and will often have an unusually low Body Mass Index (BMI) and/or be smaller and thinner than expected for their age. They may resort to medications to fuel their condition.

Both anorexia and bulimia can manifest themselves in a variety of physical conditions, and not just through a loss of weight. Sufferers may also experience dry skin, dizziness or even hair loss. Some sufferers of anorexia can even experience unwanted facial hair.

Migraines are also common in individuals with eating disorders. One study by Neurology Reviews found that 84% of participants with anorexia suffered migraines, as did 74% of bulimia sufferers.

Find out more about effective migraine treatment from Express Pharmacy.


Recovery from an eating disorder can be a difficult and long process, and is sometimes something sufferers must battle for the rest of their lives. It’s hugely important that if you suspect you may be experiencing eating disorder symptoms, you consult your GP as soon as possible. From there, you’ll be given help and support. Your GP will ask you questions about your eating habits and overall wellbeing and they will be able to refer you to a specialist who can help you with a tailored treatment plan and therapy program.

For help, support and treatment for a variety of health concerns, contact Express Pharmacy. Call the team today on 0208 123 07 03 or use our discreet live chat service.

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Express Pharmacy Wins the FEEFO Gold Trusted Service Award 2018

Posted Thursday 22 February 2018 15:06 by Tim Deakin in Express Pharmacy

We are delighted to have won the Gold Trusted Service Award 2018 from FEEFO. This is the most prestigious accolade available from the highly regarded independent review company.

We are thrilled with this achievement, which is a reflection of the hard work and dedication we put into maintaining the highest level of customer satisfaction.

The Gold Trusted Service Award is given to a high quality, reliable business which has maintained a score of 4.5/5 or higher across at least fifty reviews. This shows the positive impact of our customer service, with a wide variety of medications simply and discreetly available through fast, effective and honest service.

In fact, Express pharmacy holds a 97% approval rating with FEEFO based one 1,022 reviews.

At Express Pharmacy we understand that sometimes seeing your GP can be difficult, whether it’s due to transport issues, getting an appointment or simply due to nerves or embarrassment. But we don’t believe that this should stop anyone from receiving the treatment they need. This is why our service covers many different health concerns and includes next day delivery, free consultations, and free prescriptions.

The Express Pharmacy treatment process involves just 3 steps: select your treatment, undergo a free consultation and head to the checkout. It’s that quick and simple.

FEEFO is a leading customer review provider, helping customers and businesses connect. Thanks to partnerships with Google, Yahoo and Bing, FEEFO provides genuine reviews to help businesses discover exactly what their audience expects from them.

FEEFO has won countless awards for their technology and services, including being featured in The Times’ Tech Track 100. They also have partnerships with other leading companies, including The Guardian, BBC News, Mashable and Tech Crunch.

Businesses such as T.K. Maxx, Iceland, Thomas Cook and The White Company all rely on FEEFO in their business. This makes the team at Express Pharmacy even prouder to have received their most prestigious accolade.

To experience Express Pharmacy’s award-winning service for yourself, why not order online today. If you wish to speak to a member of our team, we are contactable on 0208 123 07 03 or via our discreet Live Chat service.

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