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Archive for November, 2013

The Common Cold. By Our November Student Pharmacist, Melissa Carlone.

As the beauty of fall radiates at it’s brightest and you enjoy a warm and comforting cup of hot chocolate near the fireplace, life seems pretty darn good! While fall can be a calming and festive season, it also means that winter is not too far away. This is the time when the common cold makes it’s way around town. Here are a few tips about the common cold including: causes, symptoms, treatment, prevention, and when to make a visit to the doctor.

What causes the common cold?

  • Contrary to what you may think, the common cold is caused by viruses and not bacteria.
  • There are over 200 different viruses that can cause cold symptoms.
  • 30-50% are called rhinoviruses that typically do not progress to serious illness.
  • Viruses survive better in dry, cold environments.
  • As the weather gets colder, people spend more time indoors, which allows for the viruses to be more easily passed from person to person.
  • The cold, dry air can also make the lining of your nose dry, putting you at more risk for viral infection.
  • Cold temperature itself has not been shown to increase your chance of getting a cold!

What are the symptoms?

  • Symptoms usually begin 2 to 3 days after infection and include:
    • Cough
    • Sneezing
    • Sore throat
    • Stuffy nose and/or swelling of your sinuses
    • Headache
    • Tiredness
    • These symptoms usually last 7-10 days and will go away on their own.
    • Fever is uncommon, but may be more common in children.

I don’t feel good, what should I do?

  • There is no cure, but there are a few things you can do to help manage your symptoms:
    • REST!! You can never get enough rest when your body is under stress and trying to fight an infection.
    • Drink plenty of fluids.
    • Gargle with warm salt water for a scratchy or sore throat.
    • Use Vaseline to soothe a dry nose.
    • Over-the-counter medications can also be used to manage symptoms.
      • Stop by the pharmacy counter if you ever have questions about which medication to choose. We are here for YOU!
      • Decongestants or saline nasal sprays can help a stuffy nose.
      • Antihistamines can help a runny nose and some can be used at night to help you sleep.
      • Pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil), can help relieve headaches, aches, and pains and they also work to lower fevers.
      • Cough suppressants are available, as well, such as dextromethorphan or cough drops.
      • For information on choosing cold products, visit: http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/cold-guide/cold-medicine-treatment-when-what-how

How can I prevent transmission of the common cold?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water (alcohol-based products can be used as well).
  • The virus can live up to 3 hours on objects in your home, so make sure to keep your surfaces clean!
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.

When should I call my doctor?

  • If your cold is lasting longer than 2 weeks.
  • If you have a fever over 100.4°F
  • If you have a fever that lasts longer than 3 days.
  • If you are coughing up mucus, especially if it is a dark brown color.
  • If you are having trouble breathing.

The common cold is not called “common” because it is rare, so make sure to take the proper precautions to stay safe and healthy this winter. Don’t forget to enjoy the snow as it makes itself more plentiful, pick up a good book, check out some new movies, or get a head start on the holiday season!

For more information visit:

http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/antibiotic-use/symptom-relief.html

http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/commoncold/Pages/overview.aspx

 

Contests and Auction For Christmas Under the Clock on Saturday, December 7.

As in the past, the Uptown Plain City Organization (UPCO) is sponsoring two contests to get everyone in the spirit for Christmas Under the Clock on Saturday, December 7. They are also asking businesses to create gift baskets and items for the auction at 5:30 pm the evening of the event.

Information about Christmas Under the Clock, as well as all forms for the contests can be found on their Facebook page HERE.

The first contest is a coloring contest to choose the Tree Lighting Ambassadors who will flip the switch to light the official Plain City Christmas Tree.

Children 10 and under are eligible to enter the coloring contest and the winners will be chosen from three age groups: 5 and under, 6-8, and 9-10.

To download the coloring blank to print and color, go HERE.

You can also stop by Main Street Treasures, 150 West Main Street in Plain City to pick up a coloring contest entry sheet. Complete the contact entry form after the picture is colored and send the entry to:

UPCO Tree, PO Box 297, Plain City, OH 43064

All entries must be received by Tuesday, November 19.

Winners will be chosen by Mayor Sandra Adkins and must be available on Saturday, December 7 from 5-5:30 pm to help light the Christmas Tree. Winners will be announced on the November 30th UPCO Page in the Plain City Advocate. Winners will also be contacted using the information provided on the entry form.

For complete information on the Tree Lighting Ambassador Coloring Contest, go HERE.

The second contest is the Decorating Contest, presented by QT1270 Radio and supported by Main Street Treasures.

All you have to do to enter this contest is fill out an official Christmas Under the Clock Decorating Contest Form, which you can download and print HERE. Then get busy decorating!

You can also pick up an entry form at Main Street Treasures and the Plain City Public Library. You can return your entry form electronically to UPCO at upco.misc@live.com or mail it to:

Christmas Decorating, UPCO, PO Box 297, Plain City, OH 43064

You can also return your entry form to Main Street Treasures and the Plain City Public Library. Put the completed form in the contest decorating boxes at both locations.

Deadline for entry is Friday, November 29.

There are two categories for decorating: Residential and Business. All properties being decorated must be within the Plain City village limits. All displays must be illuminated by 6 pm on December 3 for judging.

There will be winners for both business and residential entries chosen in three categories: Best Overall, Most Creative, and Best Use of Illumination.

Winners will be notified by QT1270 Radio and must be available for the awards presentation on December 7 during the Christmas Under the Clock tree lighting ceremony at 5 pm. Winners will have their property photographed and may be interviewed by the radio station.

For complete information on the Decorating Contest, go HERE.

Finally, if you would like to participate in the auction the evening of Christmas Under the Clock, you can get a gift basket, wreath, tree, garland, or centerpiece ready by December 6. If you have a location where you can display the item before the auction, please do that to garner interest (and higher bids) in the item. Create a promotional insert with your company name, list of items (if basket), and two sentences to promote your business. The insert will be included with your auction item. You can then deliver your auction item to the Plain City Public Library, the Plain City Historical Society, or Yoder’s True Value Hardware by Friday, December 6.

You can also have your item picked up between 8 am and 1 pm on December 6 by calling Chris Long, 873-4912, ext. 23 to make arrangements.

The donated items will be auctioned off beginning right after the tree lighting ceremony at approximately 5:30 pm. All proceeds benefit UPCO to help them with Christmas Under the Clock costs each year.

For more information on all of the activities taking place during Christmas Under the Clock, go HERE.

You can also contact Megan Colwell, 614-562-9408/mcolwell@derdutchman.com or Julie Weaver, 614-561-3322/julie.weaver@hotmail.com for more information.

Barb Has Been a Lovely Constant in a World of Change Over the Past Ten Years.

Most of you know Barb Golden, our wonderful “do everything” person in the pharmacy. Barb started with us in November of 2003 and is celebrating 10 years at the pharmacy this month. We want to thank Barb for ten wonderful years. We hope she will be with us many, many more years!

There have been a lot of changes at the pharmacy over the past ten years, but Barb has been a steady constant amongst lots of other ups and downs.

I thought to celebrate Barb’s ten years, I’d list ten things that have changed since 2003 in the pharmacy (and around Plain City).

1. We moved! That is a huge change. In 2007, we picked up everything in the old store in Lovejoy Plaza and transported it to our new building. Barb and her husband, Steve, helped us with the move, which took place over the course of a weekend. We closed on Saturday and re-opened after the January first holiday on Tuesday, January 2. Phew! Talk about the longest weekend ever. I did mess up and drive to the old store on January 2. It took me months to change that habit.

2. We got the new delivery van, the giant Sprinter, which Barb was afraid to drive at first. Joe gave her a timeline of when he wanted her to feel comfortable enough to take it on deliveries. As the date drew closer, Barb asked if she could borrow the van over the weekend to practice. But when she showed up to get the van, Joe had loaned it out to someone else and it wasn’t in the parking lot! Needless to say, Barb learned how to drive the “rig” and is now an old pro behind the wheel.

3. Barb became a certified pharmacy technician. When Barb first started with us, she only did deliveries. And when she applied to work at the pharmacy, she offered to donate her time to help get medicine to those who couldn’t come in to pick it up themselves. Joe refused to let her do that, as she was doing deliveries six days a week. After she had learned every back road and side alley in the Plain City area, she started working at the register. Once she had mastered the cash register and computer, Joe decided to cross-train Barb so she could fill in as a technician. With the new Board of Pharmacy rules about pharmacy technicians needing to be certified, Barb studied up and passed her technician test on the very first try. She was so happy, Steve said she cried and cried and cried—at first, he thought she hadn’t passed!

4. The bypass took the truckers away from the downtown and off Main Street. We used to have to wash our windows at the old store almost every week due to the dust from the trucks going through. The noise from the semis was also so loud sometimes that we couldn’t leave the door open on nice days without hearing engines and tires. I have a hard time envisioning where the old road used to be now. It is difficult to imagine life before the bypass.

5. A lot of wonderful people have passed away. Steve says that every time Barb finds out a pharmacy customer has died, she comes home crying.

6. We had our 10 year anniversary party in 2009. Barb, of course, helped out with the Circus Sideshow.

7. Mary Johnson and Ann Murray both retired. Two of our other “constants” decided that it was time to stop working and step away from the cash register.

8. We expanded the compounding portion of Plain City Druggist in to its own entity, Midwestern Compounding Pharmacy. And, with that change, instead of me making all the compounds on the back counter, we moved into a giant lab in the new building. This past year, we even added our beloved Bob Borchers, RPh to the mixing crew.

9. We opened for lunch and added a break room for the staff. Ahhh, the good old days when we closed for lunch from 1:15 to 2:15 pm. Joe decided that it was inconvenient for our customers to show up and find us closed, so, this past year, we changed our hours and stayed open. Because the staff had to space their lunches and could not really leave the store like we had all done before, we made the storage room in to a break room. It’s a cozy little space with a fridge, microwave, and computer (where you can check Facebook while you eat your peanut butter and jelly sandwich). But Jan and Tony’s or Jim’s Diner, it ain’t.

10. We got an electronic message board sign!! Yeah!! Hurrah! Whatever Joe is thinking about tends to end up on the sign. And he doesn’t even get as many characters to use as on Twitter. He has to be short, succinct, and to the point. But he gets your attention! Keep your eye on those red letters by the road if you want to know what is going on at the pharmacy (and in Joe’s mind).

High Blood Pressure: How High is Too High? By Katheryn Schafer, Student Pharmacist!

Everyone needs a blood pressure. However, high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can be dangerous. Over 76 million US adults have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, but many more may be at risk and not even know it. Many people with high blood pressure feel completely fine and have no symptoms at all. But just because a person cannot feel high blood pressure does not mean it is harmless.

What is considered normal blood pressure? The American Heart Association (AHA) considers normal blood pressure to be a reading of less that 120 for your systolic pressure (the top number on your blood pressure monitor) and less than 80 for your diastolic pressure (the bottom number). High blood pressure would be a systolic pressure over 140 and a diastolic pressure over 90. To see a chart that shows high and normal blood pressure numbers, go HERE.

High blood pressure can lead to damaged blood vessels. Just like high water pressure can burst pipes in a house, high blood pressure can cause tears in blood vessels, which can lead to stroke and other serious health problems.

High blood pressure can be prevented. Living a healthy lifestyle is one of the best ways to reduce your risk for developing high blood pressure.

Here are ways you can reduce your risk:

  • Decrease the amount of salt in your diet: a high salt diet causes your body to retain water, which increases your blood pressure and can overwork your heart.
  • Exercise: physical activity can help to strengthen your heart, which will help your body maintain a healthy blood pressure.
  • Avoid tobacco smoke: smoking raises blood pressure and causes fatty build up in arteries, which can also contribute to high blood pressure.

For more resources on high blood pressure, check out these websites and be sure to talk to your pharmacist!

www.heart.org

http://millionhearts.hhs.gov

http://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/

 

Thank You! Sending Blessings to All Veterans This Veterans Day.

We want to wish everyone who has served or is currently serving our country a very blessed Veterans Day.

Thank you for all that you have done to protect us and this country we love.

You are in our thoughts and prayers as we remember all current and former military on this special day.