Allergies in the Winter

You know the feeling, you are sniffling and sneezing…again. And again, you are feeling achy, exhausted and headachy.

Most people do not think about their allergies as the cause of their annoying cold-like symptoms during the cold winter months because the cause of most respiratory allergies — pollen — is not generally floating about in the cold and snowy climate.

Yet some of the most troublesome and frustrating allergies are two things found inside. Things like dust mites, mold and animal dander top the list.

What are the Allergies?

Allergies are overreactions of the immune system to foreign particles that ought to be innocuous. For reasons that scientists do not completely understand, some people have a more dramatic reaction to things like dust mites or mold spores than others. And, just as some people react worse than others, some experience, some headaches and others sinus pressure.

How Can You Tell the Difference Between Allergies and a Cold?

So how do you know if you have an allergy or a cold? Both allergies and colds are caused by a virus and an allergen that is set off your body’s immune responses. Both can lead to a runny or stuffy nose, fatigue, sinus pressure, headaches, a cough and sore throat. However, there are some symptoms that are more likely to occur with allergies. These include itchiness of the eyes, ears, and back of the throat. While symptoms like aches and fever often indicate a cold.

Another huge difference is the timeline and persistence of these symptoms. Generally, when you have a cold, you will first feel crummy, and then you will get sick before your symptoms gradually go away. Often a cold only lasts a week, maybe two at the most. Allergies, however, tend to show up on a more recurring basis, without the slow build up or gradual depleting of symptoms.

Are There Any Complications That People With Allergies Tend to Experience?

People who experience allergies throughout the winter are more likely than others to develop asthma, which is a much more serious and chronic condition.

What Can I do if I Have Indoor or Winter Allergies?

-Reduce your exposure as much as you possibly can. This can be quite challenging, however, knowing that dust mites live in bedding, upholstered furniture and carpeting means that you should be washing and changing your bedding and upholstery on a regular basis. The fact that mold grows in damp places such as bathrooms and basements means that if you suspect you might have a mold problem, you should get it checked ASAP. And well, if you have pets, you should be trying to avoid coming in contact with too much loose fur, and vacuuming either every other day or every single day depending on how serious your symptoms are.

-Cockroaches are another extremely common allergen that is found in most urban settings. When it comes to dealing with these little critters your best bet is to vacuum frequently, wash bedding in hot water every few days, and to remove mold with a bleach solution.

If you think that you might be battling winter allergies, there are a wide variety of over-the-counter products to help relieve some of your symptoms, including antihistamines and decongestants.

The Importance of Pure Supplements

The Importance of Pure Supplements

There is no denying it. We are living in the age of convenience, from online shopping and smartphones to GPS and Netflix. And thanks to all these handy innovations, we get to enjoy a ton of benefits that come from the modern world, enriching our lives and making things easier. Sounds great, right? Well, when it comes to what we put in our bodies, however, convenient doesn’t always mean better.

Is fresh and pure going out of style?

Everywhere you go, everywhere you turn, it seems like most of what we eat comes from a box or a can. It’s like fresh, natural, and pure have gone the way of the typewriter. It is really is too bad. If you don’t already know, fresh foods like fruits and vegetables are not only super healthy, but also super yummy.

Why settle for anything less?

Choosing high quality, high purity food is a must for many. So, when it comes to your supplements, why would you settle for anything less? Sure, you can pick up whatever’s on sale or buy vitamins that come with a coupon at your nearest supermarket. But if you really care about what goes into your body, make sure your supplements are as pure and healthy as the food you choose.

Why put your health at risk?

No matter what you eat or supplements you decide to take, just make sure it’s the best, purest stuff you can get. I don’t need to tell you about the dangers of all the heavily processed junk that is out there. And let’s be honest, do you really want to take supplements that have a list of ingredients that would confuse a chemist? I didn’t think so. And to make matters worse, impure products can contain unnecessary additives, impurities or contaminants that can jeopardize the efficiency of the supplements and its bioavailability, not to mention put your health at risk.

So, what is the lesson of the day? If you want the best results with the least possible health risks, use high quality, high purity supplements from reliable companies. Your body and mind will thank you.

Looking for high quality, high purity supplements? We have all the top name brands that will get you the results you are looking for. Come in to meet with our pharmacists today!





How to Choose the Highest-Quality Supplements

How to Choose the Highest-Quality Supplements

Very few things are as mind boggling as shopping for nutritional supplements. Don’t believe me? I dare you to walk into any supplement shop or browse the vitamin section of your local drugstore and not scratch your head in utter and compete confusion. With shelf after shelf stacked with so many products and brands to choose from, it’s enough to send you running to the medicine aisle for some headache relief.

To make things even more puzzling, all of these products claim to be the best, made from the highest quality ingredients, all “proven” to work—but are they really? And how would you even know? I’ve done some research, and there are several keys factors to look for in determining the difference between high-quality and low-quality nutritional supplements.

When you are looking for quality supplements, you want to make sure you get the facts straight first. Ok, so what exactly does that mean? The supplements you choose should have formulas and dosages that have been properly tested and based on human clinical trials. Don’t be fooled by outrageous claims, flashy labels, and slick marketing slogans. Choose supplements that are legit.

Just off the top of my head, I can think of several high-end supplement brands—such as Metagenics, Xymogen, Douglas Labs, and AOR—that all have the reputation and the science to back them up. Need help tracking down premium brands? A quick visit to your friendly neighborhood pharmacist can point you in the right direction.

It is also important to choose a manufacturer that uses premium raw materials, sourced from reliable countries like Canada, U.S.A., and Europe. Remember, a manufacturer who cares about their formulations will meticulously test their ingredients for identity, purity, and potency before they even consider putting them into their products. Believe me, the last thing any good manufacturer wants is to have the material they use contaminated with outside materials, microbes, or heavy metals.

Additionally, you will want to make sure the supplements you’re buying are GMP certified (Good Manufacturing Practices). This key component of quality assurance guarantees that the products that a company is selling you are produced and controlled with the highest standards possible.

If you want to save a couple of bucks buying cheap supplements from drug stores or major retail chains, remember, you get what you pay for—low-grade chemicals jam-packed with fillers that have little-to-no nutritional value.

Choosing high quality nutritional supplements is going to take a little homework. But in the end, you will be glad you did.

Looking for high quality supplements? We have all the top name brands that will get you the results you are looking for. Come in to meet with our pharmacists today!

What is Compounding?

Compounding is the Art and Science of Creating Personalized Medications

Pharmacy compounding is the art and science of preparing personalized medications for patients. Compounded medications are “made from scratch” – individual ingredients are mixed together in the exact strength and dosage form required by the patient. This method allows the compounding pharmacist to work with the patient and the prescriber to customize a medication to meet the patient’s specific needs.

A Brief History of Compounding

At one time, nearly all prescriptions were compounded. With the advent of mass drug manufacturing in the 1950s and ‘60s, compounding rapidly declined. The pharmacist’s role as a preparer of medications quickly changed to that of a dispenser of manufactured dosage forms, and most pharmacists no longer were trained to compound medications. However, the “one-size-fits-all” nature of many mass-produced medications meant that some patients’ needs were not being met.

Innovative Compounding Technology & Techniques Meet Patient Needs

Fortunately, compounding has experienced a resurgence as modern technology and innovative techniques and research have allowed more pharmacists to customize medications to meet specific patient needs.

Trained compounding pharmacists now can personalize medicine for patients who need specific:

  • Strengths
  • Dosage forms
  • Flavors
  • Ingredients excluded from medications due to allergies or other sensitivities

Do Compounded Medications Require FDA Approval?

The FDA approval process is intended for mass-produced drugs made by large manufacturers. Because compounded medications are personalized for individual patients, it is not possible for each formulation to go through the FDA’s drug approval process, which takes years to complete and is prohibitively expensive, often costing hundreds of millions of dollars.

However, every compounding pharmacy must comply with the regulations set by the State Board of Pharmacy of the state in which the pharmacy is located. Each State Board of Pharmacy has the power to set and enforce regulations for compounding in its state, just as traditional pharmacies are regulated. The ingredients used by compounding pharmacies to make compounds come from FDA-registered and inspected facilities.