Pharmacist’s Role in Modern Day Self-Care

Healthcare information is a lot easier to acquire nowadays. A wide majority of people choose to practice self-management of certain health problems, which may cross the boundaries between patients and professionals. Community pharmacies should be encouraged to insist on their importance to help patients take action while ensuring safe and effective treatment.

Community pharmacies are the quickest and easiest way to get advice and treatment.

Minor Ailments & Conditions Your Pharmacy May Help With (1)

  • mild skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, impetigo, athlete's foot
  • coughs and colds, including blocked nose (nasal congestion), and sore throats
  • bruises, sunburn, and minor burns and scalds
  • constipation and piles (hemorrhoids)
  • hay fever, dry eyes and allergies (including rashes, bites and stings)
  • aches and pains, including earache, headache, migraine, back pain and toothache
  • vomiting, heartburn, indigestion, diarrhea and threadworms
  • period pain, thrush and cystitis
  • head lice (nits)
  • conjunctivitis, cold sores and mouth ulcers
  • warts and verrucae
  • nappy rash and teething

A big percentage of customers in the pharmacy complain about pain & fever. The pharmacists can clarify common misconceptions on pain relief which makes up for better recommendations and effective treatment.

In Cambodia, most people take an OTC product before making an appointment with a doctor. They practice self-care to manage acute health conditions.

Even if OTC medications are available to be purchased online, guidance and customer service provided by pharmacists should not be neglected.

Social media is also a powerful tool for pharmacies to educate the community to improve awareness and promoting pharmacists as a resource for acute pain management.

Pharmacies like UCare Pharmacy understand the demand on OTC products and the strong connection between self-care and professional care through their pharmacists. Through training and providing a professional work space for their team, the pharmacists are equipped with tools to better assist customers in managing minor ailments. This empowers pharmacists to become leaders of self-care in the community, and at the same time, helping patients to take charge of their own health.