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and Inspire events
at all of our
Pharmacy and Wellness:
Kathy Premo, RPh
– Big Y's Pharmacy Development Manager
THEME: Environmental & Food
EVENT DATE: Friday, April 18, 2014
TIME: 1-6 p.m.
THEME: Baby Care & Nutrition
EVENT DATE: Friday, May 16, 2014
TIME: 1-6 p.m.
Q: I'm not sure if I have seasonal allergies or a cold, but I can't
breathe through my nose. I take a prescription to lower my blood
pressure. I don't want to take any more medication, but how else
can I feel better?
A: It is pretty frustrating to have congestion and not know how
to treat it. Fortunately, there are many ways to alleviate your
symptoms, even without resorting to over-the-counter seasonal
allergy or cold-and-cough medications.
Many over-the-counter products can adversely affect pre-existing
medical conditions such as high blood sugar levels or high blood
pressure. So instead of adding another medication to your routine,
try these remedies. If your head is stuffy, breathe in mist from a
humidier or steam from a vaporizer or shower to help loosen
congestion in the nasal passages and lungs. Use nasal strips such
as Breathe Right
, especially at night to help ease stufness.
If you are on-the-go, bring a bottle of saline for your nose, such as
Saline Nasal Spray. It contains a mild medicine-free saline
solution that can be administered as a mist, spray or stream depending
on the angle the bottle is held.
If your throat is sore, try soothing it with hard candy, a salt-water gargle
or hot tea. And of course, whether your symptoms are from seasonal
allergies or a cold, eating nourishing foods and getting plenty of rest
remain just as important.
When these treatments are not enough, consider using an over-the-
counter medication. After checking with your doctor, consult your
friendly and knowledgeable Big Y Pharmacist for a recommendation
on a seasonal allergy or cough-and-cold product with the
lowest amount of medicine needed to improve your
symptoms in order to prevent interactions with
your current prescriptions and medical conditions.