LWES 2014

Living Well Eating Smart #52

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Join us for our upcoming Inform and Inspire events at all of our Pharmacy Locations! Pharmacy and Wellness: Prescriptions and Stuffy Noses Kathy Premo, RPh – Big Y's Pharmacy Development Manager Rx for Wellness APRIL: THEME: Environmental & Food Allergy Awareness EVENT DATE: Friday, April 18, 2014 TIME: 1-6 p.m. MAY: 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 TopCare ® 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. 11

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