Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy has a great range of products and services to ensure you experience a more holistic approach to your healthcare in Queensland.

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Pharmacists are one of the most trusted professionals in Australia for a reason. We take our role as a resource for advice, support and referral seriously. Not only do we provide in store clinics and whole health advice but you can also come in to see us for the little things. #askcalanna

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Product

At Calanna, we stock a broader range of natural and Qld sourced health products. For us, taking care of your health and well being means taking care of more than just your medication. But we do that exceptionally well too with our free medication packing and delivery service and a price match guarantee on our preferred prescription brands. Come in and visit us today. #askcalanna

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Products

Health Services

Calanna Whole Health Pharmacies consider themselves more of a health destination, than just a chemist. Check out our complementary services and products to find out why we really are the natural choice chemist. #askcalanna

Health Services

Health Services

Advice

At Calanna, we understand receiving advice you can understand, from health professionals you can trust, is important. Our philosophy is to create health destinations to provide just that. Our pharmacists all work on the floor to ensure you always have a professional to talk to at any of our stores.

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Advice

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At Calanna - we are open longer. Visit out store pages to find your nearest Calanna pharmacy and find our full list of open hours for every store.

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Coughs and Colds

Definition

A cold, or upper respiratory tract infection, is the most common cause of illness in children and adults. Most colds are caused by a virus.

Description

A cold is a mild viral infection of the nose, throat, sinuses and upper airways. It can cause a blocked or runny nose, sneezing, a sore throat and a cough. A cold will usually resolve without medical treatment. Colds are more frequent during the winter months. This may be because people are more likely to stay indoors and be in close contact with each other.

More than 200 different viruses can cause the common cold, which is why it is not possible to vaccinate against the infection.

Children and Colds

Adults have between two to four colds a year, and children have three to eight. A child's immune system is less well developed compared to an adult's, so they are more vulnerable to infection. There is no need for bed rest if your child has a cold. Moderate activity is not harmful during a cold. Your child may not feel like eating but make sure they drink lots of fluids. Appetite will return as your child starts to feel better.

Cough and cold medicines should not be given to children under six years of age. Cough and cold medicines should only be given to children aged six to 11 years on the advice of a Doctor, Pharmacist or Nurse Practitioner. There are potential risks associated with these products for children. There are no proven benefits in using cough and cold medicines in children.

Treatment 

There is no cure for the common cold and in most cases you will be able to manage the symptoms of cold without the need for medication. Over-the-counter cough and cold medicines should not be given to children. Decongestants and cough medicines will not help your child to recover more quickly and may cause side effects.

Follow these techniques for managing a cough or cold:
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Get plenty of rest and resume normal activities when you feel well enough.
  • Eat healthily: a low-fat, high-fibre diet is recommended, including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables (five portions a day).
  • Vapour rubs can help to soothe the symptoms of a cold in babies and young children. Apply the rub to your child's chest and back. Don't apply it to their nostrils because this could cause pain and breathing difficulties. Eukey Bear rub is a great child friendly natural alternative to the traditional harsher cough and cold rubs.
  • Menthol lozenges may help to relieve the symptoms of a sore throat.
  • Nasal saline drops or sprays can help relieve the symptoms of nasal congestion in babies and young children. It may seem awful to spray up their noses with these treatments but it is safe and natural and will help relieve your baby or young child's congestion so that they can breath better, especially through the night.
  • Gargling with salt water can sometimes help to relieve the symptoms of a sore throat and nasal congestion.
  • Child-formula paracetamol or ibuprofen may be used to help relieve pain and fever in children.

See your Doctor if symptoms do not resolve within two weeks or if a patient:

  • Refuses to drink fluids
  • Vomits frequently
  • Complains of intense headache
  • Is pale and sleepy
  • Has difficulty breathing
  • Has a high fever that does not respond to paracetamol
  • Shows no improvement in 48 hours
  • Shows any other signs that you are worried about

DISCLAIMER: This information is an educational aid only. It is not intended to replace medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, nurse or naturopath before following any medical regimen to see whether it is safe and effective for you.