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Pharmacy Tips

separator Medication for Migraines
If you get migraine headaches regularly, don’t feel as if you just have to put up with the pain. Medical management of migraines has improved greatly in the last decade.

There are medications that treat the symptoms of migraine before the attacks begin, and drugs that can either prevent migraines or reduce their frequency or severity.

The most recent drug is called Imitrex. It was approved in 1998, and it mimics the effects of the brain chemical serotonin.

Even if medications are not appropriate for you, it’s still important to see a doctor about your migraines. Together, you and your doctor can look at your lifestyle, your diet and your migraine occurrence pattern to design an individual treatment plan.

Source: the National Headache Foundation

About Sunscreen…
We all know by now that sunscreen can offer protection against skin cancer. Other things to keep in mind about being out in the sun:

Certain medications decrease the effectiveness of sunscreen. Tetracycline, some diuretics, and other medications can cause the skin to absorb more of the sun’s radiation. So take any warnings about the sun and medications seriously. If you take any medication, ask your doctor if it’s safe to be in the sun.

Many people experience allergic reactions to sunscreen. If this happens to you, try zinc oxide instead.

And wear a hat. Sunscreen shouldn’t be your only form of defense against the sun.

Source: American Red Cross

Sunglasses for Protection
When you’re driving, out for a walk, in the garden, sitting by the pool…don’t forget the sunglasses. Buy sunglasses that offer protection from ultraviolet rays. There’s some evidence that sunglasses can protect your eyes from developing cataracts.

Look for the peel-off label that indicates how much protection the lenses offer. The best rating is 100, meaning the lens blocks 100 percent of the sun’s rays.

If there’s no label on the sunglasses, there’s a good chance that the lenses offer no protection from ultraviolet rays at all.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Avoiding Swimmer’s Ear
If you feel pain when you wriggle your ear, there’s a good chance that swimmer’s ear is the problem. It’s common to get swimmer’s ear from pool water and other water contaminated with the germ Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

To prevent swimmer’s ear:

  • Dry the ears after swimming, and apply a few drops of alcohol to the ear.
  • Make sure the water you swim in has the proper pH balance. Ask the manager at your pool about that.
  • Avoid swimming in water that has been closed because of pollution.
  • Avoid putting objects in the ear, such as cotton swabs and fingers. You can scratch the ear canal this way, making infection easier.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Poison Ivy
At any time in your life, you can become allergic to poison ivy, oak, and sumac. These plants contain an oil called urushiol, which is found in all parts of the plant. It's this oil that gives you the rash. If you've been around these plants, wash everything as soon as you come inside to get rid of the oil right away.

Remember these three things about poison ivy, oak, and sumac:

  • Avoid
    Learn to recognize the leaves of the plants so that you can avoid contact with them. Poison ivy has medium-sized leaves that are shiny and cluster in threes. Often there is a slight groove in the leaf, giving it the look of vaguely having a thumb.
  • Prevent
    If you think you will be in an area that has these plants, apply Ivy Block before you go out. This can prevent the rash from developing, or make the rash less severe if it does develop. If you think you have been exposed, within two hours wash with soap and water, apply rubbing alcohol to your skin, or try washing with Tecnu soap.
  • Treat
    A poison ivy rash generally lasts about two weeks. Over-the-counter remedies, like calamine lotion, can offer temporary relief in most cases, but there is no cure for this supremely itchy condition. It's important to keep the rash clean, especially if it begins to ooze, to prevent infection. If the rash is severe, develops on your face or genitals, or if you have a fever or have difficulty breathing, see your doctor for additional treatment.

    Source: American Academy of Dermatology

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