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.

Summer Vegetable Frittata

This frittata recipe is both a nutritious family favourite and easy to prepare. It stores incredibly well in the fridge so you can enjoy it during the week for lunch. I’m using some of the most delicious summer vegetables, asparagus and peas. There are so many benefits to eating in season from fresh and cheaper vegetables to supporting local Irish producers. Seasonal eating also provides variety throughout the year, so you benefit from a wide range of nutrients delivered as nature intended!

Serves: 4 | Cooking Time: 20 minutes | Rating: Simple

Free From: gluten, wheat, cow’s dairy, refined sugar and meat

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons Optima raw virgin coconut oil*
  • 1 shallot, peeled and finely diced (about 1 ounce)
  • 250g asparagus spears, trimmed (about 200g trimmed)
  • 130g fresh or frozen peas
  • 100g feta cheese
  • 8 whole free-range eggs (medium size)
  • A pinch of sea salt flakes
  • A good pinch of freshly ground black peppercorns
  • To serve: leafy greens such as rocket, watercress, baby spinach, lambs lettuce

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 C (390 F). Crack 8 whole eggs into a bowl, season with salt and pepper and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon of coconut oil on a griddle pan and add the trimmed asparagus spears. Fry on a medium heat until slightly charred (about 3-5 minutes). Remove from the pan and set aside to cool.
  3. Heat the remaining oil in a deep cast iron (ovenproof, non-stick) skillet over a medium heat and and add the finely diced shallots. Fry gently to soften before adding the peas (no need to defrost frozen peas if using).
  4. Arrange the asparagus spears on top of the pea and shallot mixture and crumble over half of the feta cheese.
  5. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the top of the vegetables and cook over a medium heat until the mixture begins to ‘catch’ the edges of the pan.
  6. Crumble over the remaining feta cheese and transfer the pan to the oven. Cook for 8-10 minutes (fan ovens will take less time – approx. 8 minutes).
  7. The frittata is ready when the centre of the mixture jiggles very slightly to touch. The residual heat will continue to cook the eggs.
  8. Allow to cool slightly before serving. Transfer to plates and serve with seasonal leafy greens such as rocket or watercress.

Nutrition Information

Created by: Pamela Ryan Qualified Nutritionist

Website: www.thehealthonist.com

Instagram: @the_healthonist

*Available in LloydsPharmacy Stores

What ‘Changing your Health direction’ means to… Goretti Brady, LloydsPharmacy Managing Director

GBHi everyone! My name is Goretti and I have the best job in the world as the Managing Director of LloydsPharmacy, Ireland.
I love this place; I love this Company. Why? Well, where do I start?
I have worked in the Company in one guise or another since 1996. I have worked my way through the system and all along, we have not changed who we are and what we value. Yes, we are bigger and have had a few name changes but our core is unchanged. We love our Customers. We believe and trust in our Colleagues. We are passionate about Health.
And so, our Let’s Get Healthy for Summer programme really excites me. I read the blogs each week and listen to our knowledgeable and motivated colleagues talk about healthy living through diet, exercise, giving up bad habits like smoking and eating acidic food (who knew?!). And you know what? I am blown away. I am learning so much and am passing on the information to family and friends. Through this initiative, we are showing everyone how Pharmacy can help you PREVENT illness as well as provide the traditional, expected treatment of illness. Of course, treatment is core to what Pharmacy is all about, but it is so fulfilling to be at the forefront of preventing many of these illnesses in the first place. And that is what we are doing, right now, in all of our pharmacies…
OK… can you guess which country will be the most obese in the World by 2030? Yes, it’s us! If current trends continue, then Irish men will be at the top of the WHO (World Health Organisation) overweight table (based on 53 countries) matched only by Uzbekistan! 25% of Irish girls, and 16% of Irish boys under the age of 20 years are classed as overweight or obese! These figures compare to a European average of 24%. These figures are stunning.
That is why I am so proud that at LloydsPharmacy we are playing our part in Weight Management and encouraging people to live healthier, more positive lives.
This is what some of our customers and colleagues have said recently about the programme:
“As a pharmacist, I have a genuine passion for all things health and nutrition-related. For the past number of years, I have made considerable effort to educate my customers on how they can make small changes to their diets and lifestyles.” Avril, Governey Sq., Carlow.
“I would whole-heartedly recommend this programme to anyone who wants to make a positive change to their life.” Customer of LloydsPharmacy, Carlow.
“From my experience in advising patients on a healthy lifestyle, I frequently notice that people have misguided perceptions about fats. Through powerful advertising, we have been conditioned to believe that if we want to lose weight, we should avoid fat and choose the low-fat option. These are often not the healthiest option, due to sugar content, and can hinder weight loss.” Catherine, LloydsPharmacy Longford.
“I intend to continue this programme as it is a way of life, rather than a diet.” Customer LloydsPharmacy, Midleton.
“This time, really mean it! You start the year with resolutions and the best of good intentions. But all the hours you had to plan your new start are already occupied doing what you’ve always been doing. You need to get yourself some me-time.” Nichola Flood, our very own nutritional coach and advisor.
And I think that LloydsPharmacy Gorey really sums it up, when they say to “drop by LloydsPharmacy Gorey this summer to have a chat about how you can Change Your Health Direction”
So, ‘Change Your Health Direction’ is live and is working in each of our 87 LloydsPharmacy stores across the country as we help you Get Healthy for Summer. Our Customers tell us that it is changing their lives. They are bringing friends along. As they change their health habits, they are reducing their risk of heart disease, blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and other weight-related illnesses. Fact!
We would be delighted to welcome you into any of our stores to witness the positive effect we can help you to achieve. Summer is a wonderful time to take the first steps to a New You and we would love to share that experience with you!
Good luck and Thank You to our existing customers; Welcome to our new sign-ups, and advanced welcome to those of you thinking about it…
We can, by all working together, really make a difference!
Take good care,
Goretti.

Laura Loves: Summer Beauty Buys

Laura BSun-kissed skin and a whole new style of makeup, Summer is a great season for beauty. If we’re lucky enough to get hotter weather here at home or away on holidays, there’s lot of fun things to try to get Summer ready.

Here are some star buys I will be packing myself…

At home here in Ireland or away on holiday I am a big fan of Anthelios from La Roche Posay. With high sun protection and a transparent finish the sunscreens are perfect for under makeup or worn alone. For this Summer there’s a free cosmetic bag with every purchase from the face range, perfect for any travels that are planned.

LloydsPharmacy are launching their own skin care range. SkinEffect is an affordable range for face, body and hair that has anti-ageing and optimum moisturising ingredients, I see a session stocking up the bathroom might be in order. Prices range from €4.62-€13.30 until May 26th, (RRP €6.90-€19.90).

My approach to Summer tanning is-Go Hard or Go Home. In Winter I like to stick to light shades or a gradual tan, but in Summer I love sun-kissed skin even if I’m very pale. If you can master application there’s no reason you shouldn’t use a darker tan, just avoid the streaks. For May there is a 50% discount on bBold select tans. My choice? The Dark Self-Tan Liquid, €9.49 (RRP €18.99). Easy to apply with a mitt, a liquid dries quickly and lasts up to 7 days. The scent has a floral blend and aloe to moisturise too, a very good tan.

Always in my makeup bag is the Pearlys Teeth Whitening Pen, €16.74 (RRP €24.99). This great pen is used to lift away staining from the surface of the teeth. The Pearlys range has lots on offer to brighten the teeth but the pens, powders and kits are pain free. This month there’s 33% off the Pearly range at LloydsPharmacy.

To avoid extra luggage charges it’s worth considering the sizes of your beauty products before traveling by air. At LloydsPharmacy this month you will find cabin-friendly fragrances at great prices. Beyonce’s Rise is at €13.95/50ml (RRP €22.95, save €9). But if you fancy Summer in a bottle, check out CKin2u for Women, a 50ml EDT costs just €19.99/50ml with a 45% discount. That’s a saving of €18.11, great value.

Still with flying in mind, LloydsPharmacy have an exclusive travel set with all your daily essentials in miniature form for just €9.99. It includes deodorant, toothpaste, mouthwash, shower gel, toiletry and travel bag, and most importantly hairspray. We don’t do frizzy hair do we ladies!

Written by Laura Bermingham

Laura Loves: May Must Haves

Laura BThere’s lots of really great beauty to choose from this May at a LloydsPharmacy near you. As ever, there are super savings to be made on seasonal items like sun care and everything you need for getting bikini ready.

Starting with hair care, getting your locks in great condition will help defend against the drying effects of sun, sea and chlorine. This month at LloydsPharmacy you can get Garnier Ultimate Blends super Honey Treasures in a bundle deal; shampoo, conditioner and restorative creme 1-minute treatment, all three for €8.99, amazing bargain.

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Bikini season, don’t shudder. Veet have your unwanted hair removal sorted, there’s 33% off selected creams and wax strips, the easy breezy way to smoother skin.

Veet Hair Removal CreamIf you are counting down the days to holidays in the Summer, stock up now on your sun care needs. With products for all the family, there’s 3 for 2 on amazing brands like Ambre Solaire, Nivea, Eucerin and Parasol. If you need advice on your SPF’s and which to choose, ask one of our colleagues in LloydsPharmacy or why not tweet for the information @LloydsPharmIre, they are only too happy to help.

Ambre Solaire Dry MistKeep cool with this great offer from Avene – two tins of Thermal Water (150ml each) for just €12 will rehydrate and soothe overheated, delicate skin. If you keep it in the fridge and use it as needed, it will be a real saviour for Summer.

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From saviour to life-saver, before you dig out those flip flops and sandals, let’s talk about feet. Hardened heels leads to a heavy heart, buff them back to smoothness with Scholl’s Pink Pedi device on sale while stocks last for just €29 (RRP €49.99).

uploadArticlesuperClientScholl_Pedi_PinkPharma_Nordi8zzk9urw750h750exactAlso in this special May offer is P20, the sun care range with SPF’s 20/30/50 and superior water-resistance. Usually priced at €29.99, while stock is available you pay €19.99, putting €10 back in your pocket. Stay safe in the sun this Summer!

P20 Sunscreen SPF 30Written by Laura Bermingham