“Understanding how to administer epinephrine in an emergency is just as important as other lifesaving skills like CPR or the Heimlich maneuver,” says London Drugs Pharmacist, Jason Chan-Remillard. “While awareness in schools about allergies has grown in recent years, there is a lag in understanding when it comes to emergent anaphylactic treatment.”
For those students with severe allergies, school can be a dangerous place. Teachers, parents and caregivers must be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis and know how to initiate treatment.
Pharmacy Operations Manager Chris Chiew, on Shaw TV’s Go! Calgary, talks about Anaphylaxis preparedness for back-to-school.
Back to school can be a stressful time of year for the parents of nearly 300,000 Canadian children under the age of 18, who suffer from food allergies. For those students with severe allergies, school can be a dangerous place without the right preventative measures.
Awareness about food allergies has grown substantially as of late, thanks to the help of spokespeople like NASCAR driver Alex Tagliani, who recently added a ‘peanut free zone’ sign to his race car. The logo was designed by two Alberta students as part of an Anaphylaxis Canada contest raising awareness for ‘Treating Allergies with Genuine Care’.
It’s that time of year again—when itchy eyes and a runny nose remind hundreds of thousands of allergy sufferers that spring is in the air and the pollen count rising. The proper name for these uncomfortable symptoms is seasonal allergic rhinitis, but they are more commonly referred to as “hay fever.”
It is official. Allergy season has arrived, and many experts say that this year’s symptoms are worse than previous as many provinces are now awakening from a long and colder winter. Below are two clips featuring Anil G., our West Edmonton Mall London Drugs pharmacy manager, who speaks about some possible treatment options.
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Video courtesy: CTV News Edmonton
Video courtesy: Global News Edmonton
Now that spring has sprung, so have allergies.
A recent News1130 article says, itchy eyes and a scratchy throat are the issues many people are dealing with during this first week of spring, and it’s all thanks to seasonal allergies.
“It seems that ever year gets progressively longer and worse for allergies; this year, it seems to be starting sooner than I can remember,” says pharmacist Pindy Janda with London Drugs. “We’ve actually seen an increase in prescription drugs for allergies as early as mid-February,” she adds.
Janda tells us many people mistakenly think they are fighting yet another cold.
“We’re still in that transition period between winter and spring. We don’t have conventional weather, per se… we do get a confusion between the two. Our job as a pharmacist is to talk through the symptoms with the patients and see how long they’ve had them.”
If you are not sure of what you are dealing with, it’s probably a good idea to visit a doctor or pharmacist, who may go over your medical history.
“We usually do recommend an antihistimine because that usually covers most of the symptoms. It’s usually once-a-day dosing and it’s non-drowsy. But we will ask them… what they’ve used in the past because some patients will build up tolerance to the one they have been using,” says Janda.
If you think you may be suffering from seasonal allergies, speak with your doctor or London Drugs pharmacist.
Did you know that keeping the nasal passages moist will help reduce the risk of contracting a cold or flu virus? By preventing drying and cracking of the mucous membranes, a humidifier or vapourizer can help prevent germs from finding an easy route into the body. In the colder months, the air in your home becomes very dry. This is primarily due to home heating and the fact that fresh outdoor air, laden with moisture, no longer enters from open windows. This dry indoor air draws whatever moisture it can from household objects and occupants. This is one of the reasons people experience drier skin in winter. Dry indoor air also dries out the mucous membranes of the throat and nose, causing discomfort and congestion, and reducing their ability to act as barriers against infection. Dried out mucous membranes develop tiny cracks that are open invitations for opportunistic germs, including the viruses that cause colds and flu.