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Archive for June, 2014

ArtSplosion Returns to Uptown Plain City On Saturday, June 21!

Head downtown for the Plain City ArtSplosion this summer. The first ArtSplosion will be held on Saturday, June 21 from 10 am to 2 pm. The other ArtSplosions will be Friday, July 25 and Friday, August 15 from 6-9 pm. Join local artisans and crafters who will present handmade goods and artwork for sale.

If you are an artist, you can display and sell your work at the ArtSplosion. For more information, call 614-873-7314.

For more information and photos of the first ArtSplosion event, check out the Facebook site HERE.

Creepy, Crawly Critters! Dealing with Bug Bites. By Our June Student Pharmacist, Katy Schafer.

It’s summer! Time for backyard picnics, campfires, and all your favorite outdoor activities. Guess who else likes to be outside? BUGS!! Here are a few tips on different kinds of bug bites and what you can do if you get one.

What to do:

Bee Stings:

  • Move to a safe area to avoid more stings.
  • Try to remain calm and quiet. Movement increases the spread of venom.
  • If the stinger is still in your skin, remove it as quickly as possible.

Spider Bites:

  • Most spider bites are not poisonous!
  • Symptoms are similar to a bee sting and can include red skin, swelling, and pain at the bite site.
  • If you think you’ve been bitten by a spider, move away from the area to avoid being bitten again.

Fire Ants:

  • Get away from the ant mound! Fire ants are very aggressive when they are disturbed and will keep coming until you are far enough away from their mound.
  • Like with bee stings and spider bites, try to remain calm to prevent the spread of the venom.
  • If you have a large number of bites, you could have a severe allergic reaction. It is best to seek medical care if you are repeatedly bitten by fire ants.


  • Most mosquito bites are harmless.
  • If you have travelled to a region where malaria or West Nile virus are common and you are bitten, see a doctor.

For help identifying common bites and what they look like, visit:





  • Apply a cold pack or cloth filled with ice to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Try a pain reliever, such as ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) to ease pain from bites or stings.
  • Apply a topical cream to provide itch relief. Creams containing ingredients like hydrocortisone or pramoxine may help pain. Others, such as calamine, can help soothe the itch.
  • Take an antihistamine containing diphenhydramine (Benadryl) to help reduce an allergic reaction.

If you or someone you know has been bitten and is having a severe reaction, call 911 or emergency assistance. Severe reactions will include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of lips or throat
  • Faintness
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Hives
  • Nausea and vomiting

While waiting for emergency medical assistance to arrive, you should:

  • Check for medications the person might be carrying to treat an allergic reaction, such as an EpiPen or an Auvi-Q device. Administer the drug as directed – this is usually by pressing the device against the person’s thigh and holding it in place for several seconds. Massage the injection area afterwards to help the drug work better.
  • Loosen tight clothing and cover the person with a blanket if you can. Do not give them anything to drink, as swelling in their throat might cause them to choke.
  • Turn the person on their side to prevent choking if they vomit.
  • Begin CPR if there are no signs of breathing, coughing, or movement.

If you have questions about bug bites or what treatment would be best for you, stop on in and we’ll be happy to help! Have a great summer!







Congratulations to the 2014 Hometown Heroes!

The 9th Annual Heroes Breakfast, hosted by the American Red Cross, will be held on Thursday, June 19 from 7:30 to 9 am in the St. Patrick Elementary School Gymnasium, 226 Elm Street in London. The names of “Hometown Heroes” are submitted to the chapter of the American Red Cross in Madison County and heroes are chosen in several categories. Heroes are “ordinary people in our community who make extraordinary contributions by putting their needs aside to help others.”

The 2014 Hometown Heroes for Madison County are:

Adult Hero: Alice Kennedy

Board of Director Heroes: Lucas and Jolinda Gutierrez

Education Hero: Sue Hostetler

Education Hero: Diane Self

Lifetime Achievement: Loretta Weimer

Workplace Hero: Brenda McNeal

Joe won the Workplace Hero award in 2012.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the event, go HERE.

Summer Sun Safety! By Our June Student Pharmacist, Katy Schafer.

The sun is out, finally! Summer is on its way. Time to hit the pool and enjoy the warm weather. But before you shed those layers, let’s talk about skin protection and sunburn prevention.

There are two main types of harmful sun radiation: UVA and UVB rays. UVA radiation causes lasting skin damage, skin aging, and can cause skin cancer. UVB radiation is what causes sunburns and can also cause skin damage and skin cancer.

To protect against both of these types of sun radiation, it is best to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Broad-spectrum means that the sunscreen will protect against both UVA and UVB rays, giving you better protection than just a UVA or a UVB sunscreen.

The other factor to consider with a good sunscreen is the SPF. SPF stands for sun protection factor. SPF is a measure of the sunscreen’s ability to protect you from UV rays.

Here’s how the SPF measure works: if it takes 20 minutes for unprotected skin to turn red, then an SPF of 15 should protect you for 15 times longer. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you use an SPF of at least 30 to get the best protection.

Sunscreen should be reapplied at least every two hours, especially if you’re going to be in the water or sweating. Even if it feels like the sun isn’t out, the UV rays can still reach you, so don’t forget to reapply! If you are going to be in and out of the water, or anticipate sweating a lot, make sure your sunscreen is also water resistant. This will keep you from having to reapply all the time or getting sunburn even though you were using sunscreen.

Sunscreen alone is not enough to keep you from getting burnt.  It is important to limit your time in the sun if you can, especially between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm when the sun’s rays are most intense. Try to wear clothing (long pants, broad-brimmed hats, and sunglasses) that covers exposed skin.

If you do get a sunburn, here are some things you can do:

  • Apply a cool cloth to the sunburned area.
  • Take frequent cool showers.
  • Apply soothing lotions, such as moisturizers or those containing aloe vera. These can help reduce peeling and flaking.
  • Stay hydrated. Burns draw water to the surface of the skin and take water from the rest of the body.
  • Taking an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug), such as ibuprofen or naproxen, can reduce swelling and pain from the burn. Ask your pharmacist if an NSAID is appropriate for you before starting this medication.

Enjoy the sunshine! Stay safe this summer!












Plain City Fundraiser for July 4th Fireworks on Saturday, June 14.

Join the group of dedicated Plain City citizens as they fundraise for the July 4th Fireworks with a great day of events on Saturday, June 14.

All of the activities take place at Lee’s Sports & Spirits, 209 West Bigelow Avenue, with only a $5 cover charge. Acoustic music starts at 4 pm.

At 6 pm, a pulled pork dinner will be available for $10 per person. The dinner will feature pork, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, and coleslaw.

Live music begins at 6 pm when Karma 10 takes the stage. Jessica Minshall will perform from 8 to 10 pm, followed by Vodka Roxx from 10 pm to 2 am.

A corn hole tournament will take place at 1 pm. Pre-registration is $15 per person or $20 the day of the tournament. You can register beginning at 11:30 am on June 14. There will be a 50/50 split of all registration fees with half going to the winner and half to the Fireworks Fund. For more information on the corn hole tournament and to register, call Michale Revercomb at (614) 743-8450.

For more information, check out the Plain City Fireworks Fund Facebook page HERE or the Plain City Events page HERE.

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