Spring Break and Allergy Season
Winter is almost over and our thoughts are turning to Spring Break and Allergies! We have all of this year's sunscreens in stock and ready for you to pick up before you head out of town on those Spring getaways. Buy your sunscreen before you leave on your trip, you will definitely save money by doing this as the vacation hot spots will charge you a premium for buying your sunscreen once you arrive at your destination. If you have sunscreen left over from last year, check the expiration date on the bottle or tube. Suncreen's do expire, and you want to make sure that yours is in date and to offer you the best protection. Remember to pick up a lip balm with sunscreen also. A couple of popular lip balms that contain a sunscreen are Neutrogena and Cotz. Don't forget to pack pain relievers too, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, and an antidiarrheal such as Imodium--you can't beat the price at home and you will be prepared when you need them!
Soon enough we will be talking about allergies. Make sure you have antihistamines on hand such as Claritin (loratadine), Zyrtec (cetirizine) or Allegra (fexofenadine). We also have D-Hist in stock which is a natural alternative to taking antihistamines. D-Hist works by preventing the release of histamines in your body. Therefore, you don't experience the common allergy symptoms that histamine release causes such as itchy eyes and watery noses, and you won't need an antihistamine which many people find causes them sedation and dry eyes and mouth. D-Hist is made by Ortho Molecular and is located in our premium vitamin section. If you have any questions about D-Hist, make sure you talk to our pharmacist, Chris--she has been taking D-Hist since we started carrying it last June and has been very pleased with the results.
Also for allergy season, we have available the over-the-counter nasal sprays: Flonase and Nasacort (available in the same strengths as the prescription versions). Many insurance companies have stopped covering these medications as prescription items since they are now available over-the-counter. These nose sprays work well for any nasal congestion that you have associated with allergies, and they are safe to use every day, unlike Afrin or Neo-Synephrine , which should only be used for a maximum of 3-5 days. People also find that using a sinus rinse daily either with a Neti-pot or a rinse squeeze bottle helps them control their congestion associated with allergies since the sinus rinse rinses away mucous and allergens. We carry the popular Neil-med and Leader versions of sinus rinse.