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29
Apr 2016
It’s the hay fever season again -help!

I presume you have all the usual symptoms such as running nose, sneezing, itchy eyes and throat. I suggest using one of the allergen barriers, a vaseline type substance smeared on each nostril to try and prevent the pollen, the allergen, from causing the allergic response-all the symptoms you have described.

One of the disturbing things about a runny nose is that, if not treated, it can lead to an increased risk of asthma. The modern one a day antihistamines have far less chance of causing drowsiness so that should certainly be tried. There are also several types of nasal spray now on the market so it’s important to ask which one is best for you. I particularly like the saline washes available that can be used as frequently as you like. When you use a nasal spray try and direct the droplets into the side of the nose rather than straight- back that will give you much better relief.

Eye drops are very useful in combating irritation. I usually recommend sodium cromoglycate which needs to be used four times a day. If you own a pet remember that their fur will be full of pollen as well as your own clothes.after being outside. Have a change of clothes ready as soon as you enter your house.For lots more advice and to tailor your treatment call into the pharmacy.

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FLU VACCINATION INFORMATION

This year GGHB is running the flu vaccination service.

If you are over 65, then please wait for your letter from the NHS. That will give you the date, time and venue . (Younger patients e.g. 65 year olds are being vaccinatedfirst) It’s also important to point out that the over 65 vaccine is different from the one given to the under 65’s and also different from the one that may be available on a private basis. The under 65’s at risk e.g. asthmatics those with diabetes etc willeither be done at their GP practice or again at a hub.

If you are under 65 and a carer please contact the pharmacy on 0141 633 3868 or admin@newlifepharmacy.co.uk where you can book in for a vaccine. Unfortunately our private service is at capacity just now and we have a waiting list

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