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Wednesday November 29, 2017

Talk to your

LOCAL PHARMACY

KELBURN PHARMACY

Hay Fever

Bevan, Pharmacist

Opening hours:

Monday - Friday 8am to 6pm Saturday - 9.00am to 4pm

New address! 1 Upland Road, Kelburn

Phone 04 475 9512 | Fax 04 475 9156 Email info@kelburnpharmacy.co.nz

Unichem

Unichem

Johnsonville

Johnsonville

Phone: (04) 477 9315 Fax: (04) 477 1963

Phone: (04) Phone: (04) 477 477 9513 9315 Fax: (04) 477 1963 Fax: (04) 477 1963 www.unichem.co.nz

“Friendly and efficient staff here to help with all your health and beauty needs”

“Friendly efficient staff We have youand covered here to help with all your for all and your health beauty needs” self www.unichem.co.nz care needs

Mon - Fri: 9am - 7pm Sat: 9am - 6pm. Sun: 10am - 5pm

31 Johnsonville Road P. 04 477 9513 - F. 04 477 1963 unichemjohnsonville@orcon.net.nz

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THE PRESERVATION OF HEALTH IS EASIER THAN THE CURE OF THE DISEASE

With the arrival of spring and the warmer and often windier weather many people will be affected by hay fever. This is a common condition with rates in New Zealand being amongst the highest worldwide. Hay fever can make people feel quite miserable, with symptoms of itchy eyes, runny nose, sniffles, sneezes and headaches. These are very similar symptoms to the common cold. Symptoms of hay fever may not last long and can be more severe at certain times of the day, such as in the morning or evening when pollen counts are highest, as well as when the weather is hot and humid. Hay fever (also called allergic rhinitis) develops in some people because of an overactive immune system. This causes them to have allergic reactions to certain substances in the environment, generally called allergens or ‘triggers’. Pollens from flowers, grasses, trees and weeds are the most common allergens. “People who get hay fever at this time of year have what is known as seasonal allergic rhinitis”, advise Self Care pharmacists, “but not everyone with hay fever reacts to pollen only at springtime. Many people suffer from hay fever symptoms all year round. They can be sensitive to animal dander (dead skin cells from their pets), mould,

and the house dust mite – a microscopic animal that lives in the millions in our pillows, bedding, curtains and carpets”. In addition, cigarette smoke (yours or someone else’s), chemical fumes and dusts in certain workplaces, and sudden temperature changes can make hay fever symptoms worse by irritating an already-sensitive nose. Many hay fever sufferers also have other allergic conditions like asthma, eczema and food allergies - because of their over-active immune systems. The good news is that hay fever symptoms sometimes can be prevented and, usually, can be well-controlled. “Effective treatments are available”, say Self Care pharmacists, “but trying to avoid the things that ‘trigger’ your hay fever symptoms is a good first step. Ask us about the Hay fever fact card which has plenty of self care tips for avoiding pollens and other allergens.” If avoiding ‘triggers’ is not possible, antihistamine medicines can be effective. These block the action of the chemical histamine which is released in your body when you come into contact with an allergen. There are many different antihistamines to choose from, which are available as pills to take, or as nasal sprays to use directly in the nose. Some

antihistamines can make you sleepy and may affect your ability to drive. It is important to get advice from your Self Care pharmacist regarding the best antihistamine for you. For blocked noses, other medicines can be used, such as decongestant nasal sprays - but the use of these is limited. It is recommended that you use decongestant nasal sprays for up to 3 days at a time and then stop. The use of these sprays for any longer periods of time can lead to a condition known as rebound congestion occurring. There are also corticosteroid nasal sprays which are helpful for people with moderate-to-severe hay fever, and for those who get hay fever symptoms all year round. Corticosteroid nasal sprays take a few days to get to its full effect and should be used regularly everyday. This is recommended even when you don’t have any symptoms. They can be used for prevention but to be effective for this, they have to be started before you are in contact with the allergen. Hay fever treatments are successful at relieving the irritating symptoms and are available from your Self Care pharmacy, so talk with your Self Care pharmacy team, and get your free copy of the Hay fever fact card.

For all your pharmaceutical needs see our friendly teams at

Johnsonville Medical Centre Pharmacy Ltd

Brian

Anne-Marie

Gita

Monique

Carmen

Fiona

Rebekah

Unichem Karori Mall Pharmacy - The Mall, 250 Karori Rd, Karori | Ph: (04) 476 7564 Unichem Marsden Village Pharmacy - 159 Karori Rd, Karori | Ph: 04 476 99 44

2 Trafalgar Street, JOHNSONVILLE Geoff Savell MPS Phone: 920-8844 OPENING HOURS: Mon-Wed: 8:30am - 8pm Thurs/Fri: 8:30am - 6:00pm. Sat: 9:30am - 12:30pm

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