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Seasonal Allergies. By Our June Student Pharmacist, Mackenzie Piché.

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Allergy season is in full-swing in Central Ohio. If you’re one of the 50 million Americans plagued by seasonal allergies, also known as allergic rhinitis or hay fever, you may be dealing with one or more of the following bothersome symptoms:

  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Itchy/watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Sore or Itchy Throat

Experts agree that avoiding your allergy triggers is the most important thing you can do to decrease symptoms. Here are some tips to keep your outdoor allergies under control this season:

  1. Stay indoors during periods of high pollen or mold counts (you can check your local weather stations for reports on counts: go HERE to do that).
  2. Shower and wash clothing after spending time outdoors.
  3. Avoid hanging clothing and bedding outside to dry.
  4. Keep windows closed, instead use air conditioning.
  5. If your doctor has prescribed an allergy medication for you, be sure to take or use it every day, as directed.

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Looking for Relief?

Overview of Over-the-Counter Treatment Options for Adults

Treatment selection can be made based on symptoms and individual preference, while also taking into consideration any other conditions you may have. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to discuss which treatment is best for you.

Saline Nasal Spray

Products:

  • Simply Saline (Sterile Saline Solution)
  • Ayr (Sterile Saline Solution)

How they work: Help to remove dried, crusted mucus from the nose.

Glucocorticoid Nasal Spray

Products:

  • Flonase Allergy Relief (Fluticasone)
  • Nasacort Allergy 24 HR (Triamcinolone)
  • Rhinocort Allergy Spray (Budesonide)

How these sprays work: Decrease inflammation and congestion to alleviate sneezing and runny or stuffy nose.

  • Patient Note: May take 3 to 7 days for maximum symptom relief to occur.

When to Avoid: If you have glaucoma or cataracts.

Oral Antihistamines

Products:

  • Claritin (Loratadine)
  • Zyrtec (Cetirizine)
  • Allegra (Fexofenadine)
  • Xyzal (Levocetirizine)

How they work: Prevent histamine release, which is responsible for symptoms like itching, runny nose, and sneezing.

  • Patient Note: These products do not cause drowsiness in most patients. Of the available products, cetirizine has the highest incidence of drowsiness, affecting about 14% of adults.

When to avoid: If breastfeeding; Consult a doctor before taking if you have liver or kidney problems

Decongestant Nasal Sprays

Products:

  • Afrin (Oxymetazoline)
  • Neo-Synephrine (Phenylephrine)

How these sprays work: Constrict vessels in the nose to stimulate clearing of mucus from the nasal passages.

  • Patient Note: These products should be used for short-term allergy relief only. Using for more than 2 or 3 days can cause “rebound” congestion and return of symptoms.

Oral Decongestants

Products:

  • Sudafed PE (Phenylephrine)
  • Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine)

*Also available in combination with antihistamines (i.e. Claritin-D, Zyrtec-D, Allegra-D).

How these products work: Constrict vessels in the nose to stimulate clearing of mucus from the nasal passages.

  • Patient Note: Pseudoephedrine products are only available for sale from behind the pharmacy counter.

When to avoid: If you have high blood pressure, an enlarged prostate, or glaucoma.

Nasal Cromolyn

Products:

  • NasalCrom (Cromolyn)

How it works: Decreases histamine release in the nose, leading to less mucus release, itching, and sneezing.

  • Patient Note: May take 3 to 7 days to begin working and 2 to 4 weeks to see the full effect.

Drug of choice for: Older adults and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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When to see a doctor:

  • Children <12 years old
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women
  • Symptoms of asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), like shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Symptoms of an ear infection (pain, hearing loss)
  • Symptoms of a sinus infection (sinus pressure or headache, tooth pain, congestion lasting 7-10 days that does not respond to treatment with OTC decongestants)
  • Side effects experienced with over-the-counter (OTC) treatment
  • Symptoms not improved with OTC treatment

Note: Always consult your doctor or pharmacist before beginning a new over-the-counter medication.

References: 

https://www.uptodate.com/contents/allergic-rhinitis-seasonal-allergies-beyond-the-basics

https://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/library/at-a-glance/outdoor-allergens

http://ohioallergyclinic.com/seasonal-allergy-avoidance/

http://www.aafa.org/page/allergy-facts.aspx

http://pharmacistsletter.therapeuticresearch.com/

Pictures:

http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/discomfort-15/tame-allergies/slideshow-allergy-myths-facts

https://weather.com/forecast/allergy/l/USOH0774:1:US

https://www.pollen.com/allergy/allergy-reaction

 

Meet Our Student Pharmacist for June, Mackenzie Piche’, from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy.

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This month, we are joined in the pharmacy and lab by Mackenzie Piché, a fourth year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy. Mackenzie will graduate in May 2018 and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. Mackenzie will be with us throughout June, so please stop by and meet her while she is here. Show her the Plain City hospitality!

Here is what Mackenzie has to say about herself:

My name is Mackenzie Piché and I have just officially started my fourth and final year of the Doctor of Pharmacy program at The Ohio State University. I am so excited to be here at Plain City Druggist for the first of nine rotations that I will be completing prior to graduation next May. I will be here every day for the month of June and will also be completing a longitudinal project with PCD throughout the year.

I was born in Canada, but grew up in Perrysburg in northwest Ohio. I received my undergraduate degree in 2014 from Penn State University in State College, PA. It was awesome to live in a small college town for four years, but living in Columbus has been an exciting change. There is always something to do and plenty of great restaurants to try. In my free time, I like cooking (and eating, of course), working out, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

I currently work in a grocery store chain pharmacy. I love that working in a community pharmacy allows for plenty of opportunities to engage with patients. I am in awe of the positive impact that pharmacists have in the lives of patients every day, and I feel so fortunate to be a part of the pharmacy profession.

Plain City Druggist will be my first experience with an independent pharmacy. I am looking forward to seeing a different side of community pharmacy, learning more about pharmacy management, and meeting new patients this month. Please say hello if you see me in the store, I would love to get to know you!

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Plain City Historical Society’s Annual Meeting will Feature Steven Branam of “The Appleseed Project.”

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On Tuesday, June 27, join the Plain City Historical Society for an evening with Speaker Steven Branam of “The Appleseed Project” at Der Dutchman restaurant. The program by Mr. Branam, called “Three Strikes of the Match,” will tell the real story of April 19, 1775 when Paul Revere made his famous ride and The American Revolution began.

Social hour and registration will get under way at 6:00 pm. Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm.

The cost for this entertaining event is $20 per person, which includes dinner, dessert, drink, your gratuity, and, of course, a lot of fun.

Print out the reservation form below (double click on it and then print) and either drop it off at the Historical Society, 111 West Main Street in Plain City, during business hours (Tuesday 10 am to noon, Thursday noon to 3 pm, Saturday 10 am to noon) or mail your form to: PO Box 82, Plain City, OH 43064

Checks should be made out to: Plain City Historical Society.

The deadline for reservations is June 20.

Like the Plain City Historical Society on Facebook by going HEREUntitledPC Historical Society dinner

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Remember Our Veterans and Military on Monday, May 29.

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We would like to wish everyone a very happy Memorial Day weekend. We also want to take the time to thank those who have served their country in the past or who are presently keeping us safe with their military service.

Please remember that the drugstore will be closed on Monday, May 29, in observance of this holiday. We will re-open on Tuesday, May 30, at 9 am and will be open regular hours.

If you have an emergency over the holiday weekend, please do not hesitate to contact Joe by calling 614-240-8421.

Have a very blessed and peaceful holiday remembering those you love.

The Plain City Memorial Day Celebration will start with a parade at 9 am beginning at the Old Plain City Elementary School.

The Ceremony at Forest Grove Cemetery begins at 10 am. Music will be provided by the Jonathan Alder Band.

Happy Memorial Day!!

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Friends of the Plain City Library Book Sale is May 20 through May 27.

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Join the Friends of the Plain City Public Library for a Book Sale on May 20-27 at the Library, 305 West Main Street.

The sale gets underway Saturday, May 20 at 10 am and will take place in the large meeting room during normal library operating hours.

Library Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 10 am – 9 pm
Friday and Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday: Closed

For more information, visit the Library’s web site: HERE.

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