Health,beauty & fitness 14 Monday, 13 July 2009 London Lite Askthe pharmacist... tonsillitis HERES OUR PICK OF THE BEAUTY BY REBECCA HOWARD DENNIS 6 best... serums The lazy girlsguide to a buff beach bod SORE throat? Boots pharmacist Angela Chalmers answers your health queries. What causes it? Tonsillitis is a viral or bacterial infection that can inflame your tonsils, giving you a severe sore throat. It can be difficult to tell a sore throat from tonsillitis as the symptoms are similar. If you have any of the following symptoms, you may have tonsillitis: a very sore throat for more than three days, pain when you swallow, a high temperature, headache, red and swollen tonsils or white pus on your tonsils, lumps under your jaw and in your neck (these are swollen glands). What can I do? Your GP will identify whether the infection is bacterial (and can be treated with antibiotics) or viral, which means your body has to fight off the infection itself. Rest, drink plenty of fluids and for severe sore throats, anaesthetic throat sprays can numb the tonsils and relieve pain. People who suffer repeated attacks of tonsillitis may be advised by their doctor to have their tonsils out Products for a sore throat: Boots Pharmacy Anaesthetic Throat Spray 4.85 for 20ml Contains lidocaine hydrochloride. Always read the label. Nurofen 200mg Tablets 1.99 for 16 Contains ibuprofen. Always read the label. Strepsils Strawberry Sugar-Free Lozenges 4.39 for a box of 36 Contains dichloro- benzyl alcohol. Always read the label. I F YOU have hours to spend in the salon, then a top to toe tune-up is a sure-fire way to boost your bikini body confidence. If, on the other hand, you hardly have time to shave your legs between leaving work and boarding the plane, then these cherry-picked treatments offer a quick, easy and effective way to improve those bits youd rather not bare on the beach. Perfectpins BRIGHT sun + dimpled thighs and hips = beach body paranoia. Calm your fears about slipping into your bikini by booking in for the Priori CoffeeBerry Naturally Slimming Body Treatment, 90, at The Spa Chancery Court (spaatchancery- court.com) They say: Helps to firm the skin, reduce inches a n d m i n i m i s e t h e appearance of cellulite, thanks to a combination of lymphatic drainage and products rich in natural extracts, includ- ing caffeine, lactic acid and the antioxidant, CoffeeBerry. We say: Just one 55-minute session left my legs feeling tighter and more toned. My trousers felt roomier and the skin from hip to ankle looked smoother. 10/10 Curvecontrol COVERING up with a sarong isnt your only option this summer. Try a little body refinement with the Bliss Spa FatGirlSlim treatment, 125 (020 7590 6146). They say: A saviour before slipping into anything curve-hugging, this detoxifying, circulation-stimulating, body-toning treatment includes dry brushing, the application of firming grapefruit essential oil, a sea- weed task mask, a heated wrap and a rubdown. We say: The treat- ment was incredibly relaxing. Looking in the mirror after- wards, I was defi- nitely retaining less water. My legs felt tighter and more toned. 7/10 Softtouch A FORTNIGHT of sun can leave skin dry and dehydrated. Safeguard yours with The Espa Marine Mud Body Envelopment, 100 (espaonline.com) -- perfect for a pre- holiday intense moisturisation. They say: Nourishing and conditioning, the Marine Mud treatment helps to tackle superficial skin problems such as dryness. Designed to raise body temperature com- fortably and induce perspiration, it also helps to eliminate toxins and water retention. We say: Its hardly the most relaxing treatment -- theres a lot of slathering on of thick, algae-rich mud, then lying cocooned in a plastic sheet, but my skin was left silky soft, supple and more even- toned. 7/10 Dr Hauschka Regenerating Serum, 48.98, drhauschka. co.uk This fragrant serum feels amazing on the skin, and absorbs very quickly. Aveda Green Science Lifting Serum, 34.26, aveda. co.uk Felt light and silky with a herby smell. N7 Protect and Perfect Intense Beauty Serum, 19.75 Rich, creamy serum that makes fine lines seem reduced. This Works: Active Serum For The Face, 35 Light, easily applied, and quickly absorbed leaving skin feeling smooth. Dr Alkaitis Organic Replenishing Serum, 37.20, 120ml, lovelula. com Refreshing fragrance, with a silky texture that leaves your face feeling soft yet tighter. The Body Shop Aloe Protective Serum, 9.75 Moisturising and soothing, fragrance-free for sensitive skin. index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html