Keeping summer allergies at bay!

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Maria: Clinical Governance Pharmacist

Summer Allergies

With Summer time, comes longer evenings and the extra incentive to get out and get active. Many of us are now fully engaged with the Change Your Health Direction programme and have our meal and exercise plans in full swing. Despite the extra effort to improve our health and feel well, some of us may be experiencing symptoms of nasal congestion, sneezing, runny nose, dry eyes and itchy skin. Welcome to summer allergy season. It keeps going long after April’s showers and May’s flowers are gone. However there is always a solution to help ease and prevent the symptoms of summer allergy season. We in LloydsPharmacy are on hand, with our in store experts available to provide the best advice for you and your family.

What causes summer allergies?

Pollen is the main culprit! The pollen count is naturally higher in the summer months. Pollen travels very easily and therefore exposure is very easy. Also insect bites can trigger allergies and irritations. It is not just the countryside that can prove hazardous for summer allergies. Air pollution for city dwellers is a major player. Therefore it is important to keep this in mind if you are experiencing allergy symptoms and are city based. Our bodies, once they are exposed to any of these triggers produce a chemical called histamine. It is this chemical histamine that causes the symptoms of inflammation, irritation, and itching.

What can I do?

We strongly recommend that you present to any of our 94 stores. There you will be met with any of our highly trained OTC colleagues and pharmacists. Our colleagues will assess your symptoms and take into account your lifestyle, any other medications you are on, potential triggers and bespoke a treatment course that works for you.

Over-the-counter medications include:

Medications available can target specific symptoms along with preventative treatment options.  If you experience prolonged symptoms over the summer months, we recommend to simply take a daily antihistamine.  Our first line antihistamines are simple and easy to take and more importantly are non-drowsy. We in LloydsPharmacy are all about preventative medicine along with treatment. For patients, that experience recurrent sinus infections and end up on antibacterial treatments, we can offer nasal irrigation kits. Again by simply using this kit on a daily basis, the recurrence of sinus infections can be greatly reduced. For skin based reactions there is a selection of products available, following a proper consultation. From corticosteroid, antiseptic and antihistamine creams, the full range of symptoms will be treated. Many people present with dry and irritated eyes in conjunction with skin and nasal allergies. Treatments available cover dryness, redness, and irritation. Our pharmacists are always available to discuss simple and more complex conditions. We are always able to advise should a referral be required to your GP. Should OTC medication not treat the symptoms, prescription alternatives are available which we can dispense and counsel on, once a valid prescription is presented. There is always a treatment option available and it is important to keep this in mind.

What patient groups can be exposed more to summer allergies?

  • Asthmatics
  • Eczema suffers
  • Patients prone to anaphylaxis
  • Chronic dry eye suffers
  • Polyps and sinus conditions

Therefore it is essential to discuss with your GP and pharmacist the options to prevent exposure and possible symptoms.

It is important that we are fully equipped to enjoy all of what summer has to bring. There is no need to suffer with allergy symptoms.  Speak to your local LloydsPharmacy team today and discuss the best treatment option that works for you. It’s time to put your allergy symptoms at bay so as to enjoy your best summer yet.  Here’s to a healthier, better version of you.

Laura Loves: April’s Must Haves

Laura BThere are fantastic offers for all the family at LloydsPharmacy this April, so what better time to stock up for the months ahead? Every Mum knows baby wipes are for babies, but they are necessary for all of life’s little spills and messes. Between the 16th-29th of April you can pick up 5 packs of Johnson & Johnson Baby Wipes for just €6, that should see you through Summer. And don’t forget to pick up your free 50ml sample this month of Top to Toes Baby Wash from Johnson & Johnson, (no purchase needed).

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Dry skin is in the spotlight for April at LloydsPharmacy, in the run up to Summer it’s a good time to look at moisturising care. Tackling dry skin on a daily basis is the best approach to getting healthier skin that looks and feels good, a skin-loving body wash and layer of replenishing cream can transform dull, parched skin. This month LloydsPharmacy are offering 3 for 2 on the best skin care for treating dry skin. Aveeno, E45, Elave and Eucerin have all the bathing and skin treating essentials you and your family can use for better skin in the future.

For skin that needs extra care, Dermalex and Oilatum offer specific help for conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. Having a dry skin condition can affect the whole family when it comes to care and treatment, never more so than when the sufferer is a little one. At LloydsPharmacy you will find a Child Care Expert who can help you choose from the care on offer to soothe skin for toddlers, kids and babies, pop in today for some great advice.

New and exclusive to LloydsPharmacy is certified organic baby range, Primilo. This super soothing collection has everything your baby needs for bathing and skin care, for April all items are €6.

primilloDon’t let Spring allergies ruin anyone’s fun, there are lots that can help. Your local LloydsPharmacy pharmacist can help you choose the right allergy relief. There are options for use during pregnancy, for children and adults, so you can free yourself from that runny nose. Get your free pack of Softy’s tissues while you’re there (no purchase necessary, 1 pack per customer while stocks last).

And don’t miss LloydsPharmacy great photograph printing offer this April. There’s half price offers on Easy Print albums, and if you print 20 4×6 prints you get a 6×8 print free. Ahead of Summer and the new images you will be capture of everyone having fun in the sun, it’s a good time to free up some space on those memory cards.

Written by Laura Bermingham