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Is Summer Really Over Already? By Basil Sarantis, Who Does NOT Have to Go Back to Classes This Year (Hurrah!).

Going back to school can be a stressful time for both parents and children. To help relieve a bit of this stress, I wanted to give everyone some health-related back to school tips for their youngsters to keep them healthy and happy this coming school year.

1)     Be sure your child is up to date on immunizations. Children are already very vulnerable to infection and disease and making sure your child has all the necessary immunizations is important to help protect not only them, but their classmates and teachers, as well. Parents should also communicate with the school nurse/office staff and make sure a copy of their child’s immunization records are on file at the school.

2)     Germ spreading prevention. Being in such close contact with other students, it is important to teach your child the importance of washing their hands regularly (or, at the minimum, using hand sanitizer), especially after they have used the restroom, have finished playing outside, or are going to eat. As parents, it is important to lead by example with this, because many children will respond much better when someone they look up to is doing the same things they should be doing. It is also important to stress to your children not to share food items like drinks or candy, and to not share other items like combs, brushes, and hats because this can lead to the spread of lice. Parents should also teach their children to cover their mouth with a tissue or sleeve when they are coughing or sneezing. Again, leading by example and reinforcement at home can help children get the message when it comes to germ-spreading prevention.

3)     Eating healthy.  It is important to teach your child about healthy eating habits. Many adolescents and teens who eat unhealthy are doing so because their parents have never taught them what healthy eating is. A high protein diet with fruits and vegetables and a limit on junk food is ideal, but not always realistic. If your child is a picky eater, consider using a children’s multivitamin to help “fill in the gaps” when it comes to nutrition. Controlling your child’s portion size is also a good way to help manage healthy eating.

4)     Knowing when to stay home. If you do notice your child is sick, do not hesitate to keep them home, for their safety and the safety of others. A fever of > 100oF or a constant cough are good indicators of when to let your child rest and stay home for the day.

5)     Animals in school.  Animals and pets are a great way to teach children responsibility while still having fun. Again, it is very important to teach your child proper hand washing and hygiene while handling animals. Proper supervision by adults is also important when children are around pets. Read more HERE.

Hopefully, these tips will make the start of a new school year a more enjoyable and healthy one!  Thanks for reading.

Sources:

Dr. Simon from New Medical Health Care articles.kwch.com

www.cdc.gov

 

What Everyone Should Know About Shingles. By Our August Pharmacy Student, Basil Sarantis.

If you have had chicken pox before (or even if you haven’t), please read!

Hello, everyone! My name is Basil Sarantis and I am a pharmacy student who will be here at Plain City Druggist for the month of August.  Throughout the month, I will be writing some short blog posts on topics of my choice. With that being said, my first question to my new readers is, have you had chicken pox at any point in your life?  If you have, then continue reading. If you have not, continue reading anyway and tell your friends and family about this blog (because they may have had chicken pox before).

So why am I asking about chicken pox? People who have had chicken pox before usually had the virus at a young age. Those suffering from chicken pox were miserable and itchy for about a week, and then they recovered. The thing is, the virus that causes chicken pox, called varicella-zoster, is still in those people’s bodies, and will be forever, even though they may have no signs of chicken pox. Years to decades later, the same virus that causes chicken pox can cause shingles.

Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a skin rash that often is associated with blisters. Some other symptoms are pain, tingling, or numbness. The most serious long-term effect of shingles is something called post-herpetic neuralgia or PHN–simply put, severe nerve pain. This condition can last long after the rash caused by shingles disappears, and it can be extremely difficult to treat, greatly affecting a person’s quality of life. Also, shingles is more likely to appear in people aged 50 or older, and is even more likely in patients who have a weakened immune system due to medications, cancer, or infections.

So what can you do to help prevent shingles? The answer is simple. Talk with your doctor about the shingles vaccine and see if it would be a reasonable option for you.  The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends the shingles vaccine for people 60 and older.  The shingles vaccine has been proven to reduce the risk of developing shingles by about 50%. Those who did develop shingles even with having received the vaccine, experienced a more mild form of the disease and had much less pain, both short term and long term.

Unlike some vaccinations (like the flu-shot–which everyone should be getting this fall in time for flu season), the shingles vaccine requires a prescription from your doctor. The vaccine can then be given at almost any pharmacy–like right here at Plain City Druggist!

So in summary, if you have ever had the chicken pox (or even if you haven’t), and you are 50 or older, talk with your doctor about the shingles vaccine. One conversation can prevent a lot of unnecessary pain and frustration for you and your family in the future.  Remember, prevention is the best medicine.

Thanks for reading.

Source: www.nfid.org (National Foundation for Infectious Diseases)

To see a slideshow on Shingles on WebMD, go HERE.

 

 

Meet Our Fourth Year Student for August, Basil Sarantis!

Last month, we were honored to have Minnesotan, Kelly Banker, as our student for July. This month, we’ll be sharing the pharmacy with a native New Yorker!

Basil Sarantis is a fourth year pharmacy student at The Ohio State University and will be graduating in May 2013. Originally from Rochester, New York (the upstate area), he attended a small state school just outside of Rochester called SUNY Geneseo where he graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree in biochemistry. He then decided to come to Columbus to attend pharmacy school.

Basil originally was not scheduled to rotate at Plain City Druggist, but requested to be here for a month to get a look into how independent pharmacies operate differently from large chains. We are sure this will be an eye opening experience!

In his free time, Basil enjoys playing poker and hanging out with friends.

Unfortunately, there’s not much free time in the drugstore! We’ve already got Basil busy working on the backpack program for back to school and making compounds. The poor guy had to make six compounds on one of his first days in the lab!

When you have a moment to spare, please stop in and give Basil a warm Plain City welcome!