Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Pharmacy shopping in Finnish

Here are some useful sentences to use when shopping in apteekki:

Common cold and aching:

  • Mun nenä on tukossa. - My nose is stuffy.
  • Mun nenä valuu / vuotaa. - I have a runny nose. 
  • Minulla on yskä. - I have cough. (kuiva = dry, limainen = slimy)
  • Mulla on kurkku / selkä kipeä. - My throat / back hurts. 
  • Minulla on pää kipeä. - I have a headache. 
  • Minulla on kuumetta. - I have fever. 
  • Joka paikkaan sattuu! - I am hurting all over!

Intimate issues:

  • Minulla on ripuli. - I have a diarrhea. 
  • Minulla on ummetusta.  - I'm constipated.
  • Minulla on peräpukamia. - I have hemorrhoids. 
  • Tarvitsen jälkiehkäisyä. - I need emergency contraception. 
  • Haluaisin ostaa raskaustestin. - I'd like to buy a pregnancy test. 

Or, just show the pharmacists what's going on:

p.s. Here's my pro tip if you have kids with warts, syyliä. Syylend (liquid, not the pen) is the best product to get rid of them. Trust me, I've tried all the possible products. :)

Parane pian! - Get well soon!


  1. What do you say if you're picking up an order (prescription)? (In English, something like, "I think there's a prescription for me"

    1. Hmm.. I think that I usually just say "Mulla on tällainen resepti" and then either give the paper prescription or/and my Kela card to the pharmacist.