Market monitor: February

Child health

A recent OnePoll survey funded by Nurofen’s ‘Know More Pain’ campaign highlighted that 64 per cent of parents worry about how best to treat their child’s pain or fever, even though effective OTC remedies are readily available in pharmacies. The campaign aims to highlight the expert knowledge and support that can be provided in pharmacy to help manage children’s pain and fever. Nurofen for Children contains ibuprofen and provides up to eight hours of pain relief to help get a full night sleep, with one dose providing longer lasting pain relief than standard paracetamol, claims manufacturer RB.
RB: 0500 455456

Puressentiel Anti-Lice Treatment Lotion contains a unique blend of six plant oils which mechanically block the respiratory openings of the lice, larvae and nits, the company explains. Four essential oils add to this anti-louse action and are also soothing and antiseptic, making them ideal for relieving itching, the company says. Laboratory tests show it to be nearly 98 per cent effective against lice eggs after just 10 minutes, claims Puressentiel. The product also comes with a high-quality steel comb with micro-grooved teeth to help pull out nits. Also available in the range is Puressentiel Lice Repellent Spray.
Puressentiel: 020 3488 8111

Sexual health

Feminesse Moisturiser is specifically formulated to soothe the symptoms of vaginal dryness including pain during intercourse, daily soreness, discomfort and itching. Each application of Feminesse Moisturiser is designed to give continuous relief from the symptoms of vaginal dryness for three days at a time, whatever the cause, says manufacturer Crescent Pharma. The product is free from parabens, hormones and fragrance and is available as a 33g tube with applicator or six 5.5g single-use tubes.
Crescent Pharma: 01256 772730

80 per cent of menopausal women will suffer with vaginal dryness but only a quarter will seek medical help and left untreated, the condition can have a huge impact on quality of life. However, women don’t have to just put up with it, as a good quality lubricant can make all the difference, says Sylk. Sylk Intimate has a pH friendly, non-drying formula and is free from hormones and parabens. Sylk is now stocked at larger Boots stores and Boots.com. It is also available on prescription and over the counter at all pharmacies. 

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