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The Pharmacist’s Corner

The Pharmacist’s Corner

Our knowledgeable pharmacists are here to assist you in reaching your health goals with expert tips and advice on various topics.

We’re here to support you every step of the way!


March 14, 2024

Living well with diabetes involves more than just watching your diet and exercise. Consider incorporating mindfulness practices into your daily routine, as stress management can positively impact blood sugar levels. Experiment with different cooking methods and flavour combinations to create delicious, diabetic-friendly meals that keep you satisfied and your blood sugar stable. Don’t forget the power of quality sleep – prioritize a consistent sleep schedule and create a calming bedtime routine to support your body’s natural rhythms and hormone regulation. Explore alternative therapies like acupuncture or yoga, which have been shown to complement traditional diabetes management strategies and improve overall well-being. Lastly, cultivate a supportive network of friends, family, or online communities who understand your journey and can offer encouragement and understanding along the way.


March 21, 2024

Reducing body weight to a recommended level is a great way to improve your health and quality of life. But it can be challenging! Our best tips include: Take a holistic approach that combines healthy eating, regular exercise, and lifestyle adjustments. Set realistic goals and create a balanced meal plan focused on healthy, nutrient-dense, whole foods. Add regular physical activity, such as cardio and strength training, to your schedule. Prioritize adequate sleep and stress-level management, as both can impact your progress. Finally, surround yourself with a network of people that understand and support your efforts.


March 28, 2024

As spring arrives, so does the barrage of seasonal allergies. Managing them requires a proactive and focused approach. Start by keeping windows closed to prevent pollen from entering your home and triggering symptoms. Regularly clean or replace air filters in your HVAC system to minimize allergens indoors. Consult with your pharmacist or doctor to explore options tailored to your specific allergy symptoms. Consider incorporating natural remedies like saline nasal rinses, herbs or honey to alleviate discomfort. By taking these steps, you can enjoy the wonders of spring without the annoying sniffles and sneezes.


April 4, 2024

Managing blood pressure is crucial for maintaining overall health and reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, and other complications. Lifestyle modifications such as adopting a balanced diet low in sodium, regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and limiting alcohol consumption can significantly help. Additionally, monitoring blood pressure regularly, either at home or through healthcare professionals, allows for early detection of any fluctuations. In some cases, medication prescribed by a healthcare provider may be necessary to manage blood pressure effectively. Ultimately, a proactive approach to managing blood pressure empowers individuals to take charge of their health and lead a fulfilling life.


April 11, 2024

As the weather warms up, the threat of insect bites increases. They can be an irritating nuisance, but proper care can help alleviate discomfort and prevent complications. First, it’s crucial to wash the affected area with soap and water to remove any venom or bacteria. Applying a cold compress or ice pack can help reduce swelling and relieve itching. Your pharmacist may recommend over-the-counter antihistamines or topical creams containing hydrocortisone that can provide further relief. However, if symptoms persist, seeking medical attention at your pharmacy or doctor is advisable. Remember, prevention is key – wearing insect repellent and protective clothing can significantly reduce the risk of bites in the first place.


April 18, 2024

Next week (April 24-30) is World Immunization Week. This annual event highlights the significance of immunization in preventing the spread of infectious diseases across our communities. Vaccines can help protect us from seasonal illnesses (flu, COVID-19), diseases (whooping cough, tetanus, etc.) and even conditions that may be caught when travelling internationally. Talk to your doctor to make sure you are up-to-date on the recommended vaccine schedule for your age group and condition.


April 25, 2024

Quitting smoking is a challenging but rewarding journey. Start by making a firm decision to quit and commit to it wholeheartedly. Identify your triggers and develop strategies to cope with cravings, whether it’s through deep breathing exercises or engaging in a hobby. Talk to your healthcare provider about nicotine replacement therapy or medications to ease withdrawal symptoms. Remember, relapses may happen, but don’t be too discouraged; use them as learning experiences to strengthen your resolve. With determination, support, and perseverance, you can break free from smoking and embrace a healthier lifestyle.


May 2, 2024

Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is the inflammation of the transparent membrane that lines your eyelid and eyeball. This can be caused by a virus, bacteria, or allergies. Symptoms may include itchiness, redness, a gritty sensation, and discharge that may form a crust. Fortunately, this condition rarely affects your vision and there are various treatment options available to alleviate symptoms and promote healing. In most cases, pink eye can be treated with over-the-counter or prescription eye drops, depending on the type and severity of the infection. Additionally, applying a warm compress to the affected eye can help reduce inflammation. Make sure to practice good hygiene, including handwashing and avoiding touching the eyes, to prevent spread.


May 9, 2024

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common bacterial infections affecting the urinary system, typically caused by Escherichia coli. Symptoms often include a pain in the abdomen, a frequent urge to urinate, cloudy or bloody urine, or a burning sensation during urination. UTIs can affect anyone but are more common in women due to their shorter urethra. Left untreated, UTIs can lead to more severe complications such as kidney infections. Depending on the severity of your UTI, your Sunshine Drugs pharmacist may be able to prescribe antibiotics to treat you.


May 16, 2024

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month.  If you get bitten by a tick, use fine-tipped tweezers, to grasp it as close to the skin’s surface as possible and pull upward with steady, even pressure. Avoid twisting or jerking, as this can cause the mouth parts to break off and remain in the skin. After removal, clean the area with soap and water, then apply an antiseptic cream. Your pharmacist can identify the symptoms, assess the risk of and prescribe a prophylaxis to help minimize the likelihood of Lyme Disease.

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