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Archive for July, 2016

Eye Injury: Causes and Prevention. By Our July Student Pharmacist, Ping Zhu.

eye anatomy

For most of us, our eyes are very important and very delicate organs. We all want to prevent vision loss and any injuries to the eyes. Some eye damage can take years before it manifests itself, while other eye injuries happen so fast that we can’t do anything to prevent the injury in advance.

There are some simple precautions, however, we can take to avoid getting injured in the first place.

With summer here and the weather sunny outside, we need to make sure our eyes are protected from overexposure to sunlight. Unprotected eyes can become damaged and, as we age, the damage can add up and cause problems with our vision.

Cataracts, the progressive clouding of the lens resulting in clouding of eyesight, can be caused by prolonged exposure to sunlight.

Another eye disease called macular degeneration, which is degeneration of the sharpest vision area of the retinas, may be due to cumulative Ultraviolet (UV) damage.

Besides these two vision loss diseases, sunlight damage can also cause eyelid cancer and other skin cancers around the eye.

Here are some things to prevent damage to your eyes:

  • The best protection strategy is to wear approved sunglasses.
  • Wraparound sunglasses are preferred as they cover more area.
  • Make sure the sunglasses you pick are American National Standard Institute (ANSI) and/or International Standard for Organization (ISO) approved and feel comfortable when wearing.
  • Try to limit sun exposure between 10 AM to 4 PM.
  • Use a hat with at least a three inch brim all around to protect eyelids and the surrounding area from getting too much sunlight.

Other than the sun, many things that we do daily have the potential of causing eye injuries.

  • Using hazardous products such as kitchen or bathroom plumbing chemicals or bleaches can cause eye damage if the solution is splashed into the eyes.
  • Mowing, clipping bushes, or using tools can also be dangerous if you are not wearing protective eyewear.
  • Proper eyewear can reduce eye injury by 90 percent. When choosing protective eyewear, make sure they have “ANSI Z78.1” labels on the glasses. This labeling means they meet specific safety standards.

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Although it may seem a little exaggerated that we need to wear protective glasses when doing things that we perceive as safe, taking extra care of our eyes will pay off in the long run. Statistics showed more than 40 percent of eye injuries occur at home and protective glasses can prevent many of those. One way to make this change easier is by putting a pair of protective eyewear next to the tools or hazardous products you use to remind you to wear them.

What to do if you get eye injuries?

If, unfortunately, you get an eye injury, it is important to go to the emergency room or see an eye doctor as soon as possible. On the way to the hospital, you can use some tips to prevent further damage to the eyes.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology listed some important points:

  • For ALL eye injuries, DO NOT touch, rub, or apply pressure to the eyes. See an eye doctor as soon as possible.
  • If your eyes have been cut or punctured, do not rinse or try to remove the objects. Put a shield over the eyes until getting medical attention.
  • If chemicals get into the eyes, immediately flush the eyes with clean water.
  • If foreign particles get into the eyes, depending on the size of the particles and the severity of the situation, blink your eyes several times to allow tears to flush out the particles. If the particles do not come out, close your eyes and seek medical attention. DO NOT try to remove particles by force.

For a complete list of things to do after eye injuries, visit American Academy of Ophthalmology.


American Academy of Ophthalmology




Scrapes and Cuts Management. By Our July Student Pharmacist, Ping Zhu.


Here is some information on dealing with minor scrapes and cuts that we all get during the summer months.

What to do if you get a cut or scrapes? Follow the graphics below for step by step tips.

  1. Wash your hands before touching the wound.
  2. Stop the bleeding. Depending on the depth of the wound, you may need to apply pressure to stop the bleeding. Most minor cuts or scrapes will stop bleeding on their own, however.
  3. Clean the wound with clean water. Try to remove the dirt or debris. If dirt or debris is hard to remove, contact your doctor. Cleaning the wound can reduce infection risks.
  4. Apply antibiotic cream. Apply antibiotic cream such as Neosporin to reduce risks for infections.
  5. Cover the wound with bandages.
    • Covering the wound can minimize scar formation. Make sure the wound is not too moist. If the wound appears white-ish, it is too moist.
    • For deep wounds, stitches may be needed for faster healing.


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When should I get a Tetanus shot?

You need to get a Tetanus shot if:

  • You have unknown history for tetanus immunization.
  • The wound is dirty and your last tetanus immunization was at least 5 years ago.
  • The wound is clean and your last tetanus immunization was at least 10 years ago.

What is a liquid bandage?

Liquid bandages are waterproof and more flexible than regular bandages and they are more cosmetically appealing. They may, however, cause skin discoloration or bleaching.

When do I need to see a doctor?

  • If you have trouble stopping the bleeding.
  • If you have trouble cleaning the wounds and getting all the dirt out.
  • If you experience fever.
  • If you have a deep wound.


Mayo Clinic

Pictures are from http://www.wikihow.com/Clean-a-Minor-Wound and https://www.neosporin.com/products/wound-care/original-antibiotic-ointment


Happy Druggist’s Grand Opening Celebration in West Jefferson is Saturday, July 16 from 9 am to 1 pm.


Please stop by Happy Druggist, 487 West Main Street, in West Jefferson on Saturday, July 16 from 9 am to 1 pm for our Grand Opening Celebration party.

There will face painting from Mrs. Boggs Face Painting, as well as balloon animals from 9 am to 11 am.

Miller’s Olde Fashioned Ice Cream will be set up in the parking lot for some cool treats.

The first twenty-five customers will receive free t-shirts. The first fifty customers will get goodie bags loaded with freebies!

Additionally, you can get a “kiss” and a free picture of Joe with each purchase.

There will be lots of other surprises, too.

After the party ends on Saturday, we’ll still be celebrating throughout the week.

  • July 18: Mystery Monday–Come in and find out what deal is waiting for you.
  • July 19: Two for Tuesday–Buy one and get one on all Good Neighbor Pharmacy brand products, as well as Truform Support Stockings.
  • July 20: Everyone Wins Wednesday–Seniors 60 and older get 20 percent off all over-the-counter (OTC) items. Everyone else gets 10 percent off! We’ll also have Der Dutchman donuts and coffee for everyone who stops in from 9 am to noon.
  • July 21: Thank you Thursday–Get 10 percent off all out front merchandise all day long. There will also be diabetic deals and you can get sugar free candy, as well as FREE test strips.
  • July 22: Wacky Quacky Friday–Pick a duck from our duck pond and you will get the percentage off that is written on the bottom of the duck. Plus, kids can pick out a free rubber ducky or other bath tub toy.

Come in any day to enter our prize drawings to win:

  • An iPad
  • 40″ Flat Screen Television
  • Local Gift Cards

The drawings for the prizes will be held on Friday, July 22 at noon.

For more information, stop by and see us or call: 614-879-8500

We are so happy to be in the West Jefferson community.

July is UV Safety Month. By Our July Student Pharmacist, Calvin Chan.

Sun Clipart

Did you know that July is Ultraviolet or UV Safety month?

The skin is the body’s largest organ that is responsible for protecting us from heat, injury, infection, and harmful UV rays from the sun. Our skin does such a good job of protecting us, but how often do we think of protecting our skins? Let’s delve a little bit more into how we can treat our skin better by choosing the correct sunscreen and how to recover from a sunburn:

The Facts:

  • 1 in 5 Americans develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
  • The sun radiates three spectrums of UV radiations: UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C.
  • All three UV spectrums have been associated with causing DNA damage and skin cancer.
  • The Ozone ONLY blocks UV-C, but sunscreens can block UV-A and UV-B.
  • It may take up to twelve hours to see the full effects of sunburns.

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Choosing the Right Sunscreen:

  • “Broad-Spectrum”
    • This labeling indicates the product has been shown to protect from UV-A AND UV-B radiation.
    • Sunscreens with the phrase: “Product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging,” have been formulated to protect ONLY against UV-B radiation, NOT UV-A.
  • Sun Protection Factor (SPF) > 30
    • SPF is a rating scale of how well a product protects against UV-B radiation. No rating scale for UV-A protection exists yet.
    • SPF 30 will block ~97% of UV-B radiation.
  • Water-resistant vs. Very water-resistant vs. Waterproof?
    • NO sunscreen product is fully “waterproof.”
    • Products are either “water-resistant” (40 minutes) or “very water-resistant” (80 minutes).
    • Re-apply after swimming or significant sweating!

Using sunscreen:

  1. Apply 15-30 minutes before exposure for maximum protection.
  2. Apply liberally–it may take about one ounce (one shot glass) of sunscreen per area for adequate protection.
  3. Re-apply about 20 minutes after exposure.
  4. Afterwards, re-apply every two hours or after swimming/significant sweating.

What about INFANTS younger than 6 months old?

  • Limit use of sunscreen to the face or hands.
  • Use protective clothing (long-sleeve shirts, hats, and shades) or keep infants in the shade or inside protected strollers/indoors.

Treating a sunburn. You should use:

  • Oral analgesics (ex: ibuprofen or acetaminophen) for pain and swelling
  • Cool water washes or cold compresses
  • Moisturizing creams (ex: Cetaphil)
  • Aloe Vera gel
  • Drink extra water.
  • AVOID topical anesthetics (ex: lidocaine or benzocaine).


American Academy of Dermatology

Mayo Clinic

The Ohio State College of Pharmacy

Meet Our Student Pharmacist for July at Happy Druggist, Corin Craigo!


Besides having two student pharmacists for the month of July at Plain City Druggist (you already met them in earlier posts), we also have a student at Happy Druggist on Karl Road. Like Ping and Calvin, Corin is also a fourth year students from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy and will graduate in May 2017.

Here is a little bit about Corin:

Hello! My name is Corin Craigo and I am a fourth year student at The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy. I grew up in New Carlisle, which is a small town an hour west of Columbus. I completed my undergraduate studies at Ohio State where I majored in pharmaceutical sciences.

I met my husband during my junior year at OSU and we currently live in Lewis Center. We have two dogs, a pomeranian/poodle named Brutus and a maltese/pomeranian named Carmen.

In my free time, I like to hang out with my husband and dogs, go on walks, run, and visit the various parks around Columbus.

I currently intern at Doctors West Hospital in the inpatient pharmacy. I also have about two years of intern experience at Walgreens. After graduation, I plan on completing one to two years of residency. After residency, I plan to work in a small community hospital.

I am looking forward to spending the month of July at the Happy Druggist and serving their wonderful patients!