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October 2022

This month's topics in focus

Hay fever – mate hei

Hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis) is very common at this time of the year. It's caused by irritants such as pollen, pet dander and dust mites. Learn more about symptoms, treatment and how to prevent hay fever. Read more.

Scabies – mate māngeongeo riha

Scabies is a very itchy skin rash. It's caused by a reaction to a tiny mite that burrows under your skin. Scabies is easily spread between people through close skin-to-skin contact and won't go away without treatment. Read more. Or find out about scabies medicine permethrin further down.

Salt and blood pressure

Latest evidence reviewed by the Heart Foundation has found reducing the amount of salt you eat lowers your blood pressure. Read their tips for reducing salt and how to retrain your taste buds. Read more.

Migraine research

Do you get migraine headaches? The Migraine Foundation of Aotearoa New Zealand is running a survey to find out about the burden and impact of migraine. The survey asks about treatments, health services and any issues or challenges living with migraine has on your life. Go to the survey.

Top tips for wellbeing

Practical and emotional support

Masks may be off and life almost back to normal, but the long tail of COVID is still with us and will be for some time. For many this means still having to deal with the fallout from financial stress, long COVID, working at home with sick kids, feelings of isolation and disconnectedness, and more. It’s important not to try to get through on your own.

To support you, Health Navigator, in partnership with Te Whatu Ora, has created 15 new practical and emotional support pages, including tips, services and videos to help you get through. Read more.

Make your rest home visit count

Rest home life can feel a bit routine for residents, especially when they don't venture far or get out like they used to. Having ideas in mind and bringing activities with you can make visiting fun and really brighten up everyone's day. Read our top tips for making your rest home visit count.

Understanding medicines

Medicine expiry dates 

Did you know medicines have an expiry or use by date? The expiry date is the length of time the medicine has been found to be effective and safe. It's best not to use a medicine that has expired. Read more.


Permethrin is a treatment for scabies. Permethrin kills the scabies mite and prevents it spreading. Find out how to apply it safely and possible side effects. Read more.

There's an app for that


SnoreGym is an exercise app for improving snoring and sleep apnoea. The app provides exercises for your tongue, soft palate, cheeks and jaw. SnoreGym also offers daily reminders and a diary to track your progress. Read more.

Recipe of the month

Carrot cake bliss balls

Looking for a new snack idea or an easy recipe the kids can make during the school holidays? This bliss ball recipe is a healthy and tasty treat. Read the recipe.
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