Winter allergies are nothing to sneeze at

With fall allergy season behind us and spring a few months away, many of us look forward to some winter relief from symptoms unless we’re sensitive to indoor moulds, dust, pets or wool.

Like pollen, these sources of winter allergies can cause inflammation of the mucous membranes inside the nose.

The medical term for this condition is allergic rhinitis, and its symptoms include sneezing, as well as a stuffy, runny or itchy nose.

Nasal sprays help treat the inflammation and there are two basic types of product:

  • Sprays that can be purchased directly from our pharmacists, or
  • Sprays that require a prescription from your doctor.

If your symptoms are mild to moderate, the pharmacist will possibly recommend an over-the-counter nasal spray but will probably encourage you to see your doctor for a prescription if your symptoms are moderate to severe.

Regardless of the nasal spray you might purchase or be prescribed, the pharmacist will also help you learn the proper technique for using them. Proper technique is important because it’s closely tied to how effective treatment will be.

So, please don’t suffer with winter allergies, especially if they’re preventing you from sleeping or going to work or school.

Remember, the pharmacist is always here to help!

How does a flu shot help?

Flu season runs roughly from Halloween to St. Patrick’s Day.

So if you haven’t yet had a flu shot there’s still time.


You can’t get the flu from the flu shot.

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