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Protect Your Family This Cold & Flu Season
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:33

It's that time of year again—cold and flu season. Even the most dedicated hand-sanitizers among us are bound to pick up something over the next few months. But there are things you can do to prevent infection ahead of time—and steps you can take to ensure that your medicine cabinet is stocked with the right products to get you on the road to recovery.

First, make sure that you're doing everything you can to avoid getting sick in the first place.Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables is essential, as is getting regular exercise. Both will help boost your immune system and enhance your body's ability to fight off infections before they take hold. You should also plan on getting a flu shot. It's fast, inexpensive and practically painless.

Next, do a quick inventory of what supplies you currently have on hand for treating cold and flu symptoms. Discard any medicine that has expired, including prescription medications, and dispose of them properly. Make sure that you have a working humidifier on hand, as well as a good thermometer. Anything that needs to be replaced or replenished can go on your shopping list for the week. That way, you'll have everything on hand when the first sniffle hits.

If you're starting your cold and flu medicine cabinet from scratch, here's a great checklist that you can use to get the basics covered:

  • Decongestant: for nasal sinus congestion and pressure
  • Antihistamine: can relieve runny nose and sneezing symptoms
  • Saline spray: helps to loosen nasal mucus without the side effects of antihistamines
  • Pain relievers: used to treat chills, and head or body aches, as well as to reduce fevers
  • Throat lozenges: to soothe sore throats and quiet coughs

As with all medicines, it's important to understand possible side effects. Talk to the friendly and helpful pharmacists at Lo Cost Pharmacy about any medications (such as high blood pressure medicine) that you are currently taking. He or she will be able to provide you with advice on which products will work best given your symptoms, your health history and your current medications. And always be sure to use the medicine as directed—particularly with children's medications.

Following these few simple steps will get you ready for all the sneezing and coughing that cold and flu season can bring. Prepare now and protect your family by visiting us at Lo Cost Pharmacy where we care about you and your family's health!