Staying Healthy This Spring

Spring has well and truly sprung, bringing with it beautiful sunny days, blooming gardens and the excitement of knowing that Summer is just around the corner. While most people look forward to the sunny Spring months, many of us dread it – hay fever, seasonal allergies and asthma are all in full swing at this time of year so let’s take a look at the most common Spring health issues and the best the ways to prevent them so we can enjoy what should be the best time of the year.

Hay Fever

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollens and grasses which cause the lining of the nose to become inflamed. Runny nose, puffy and itchy eyes, sneezing, watery eyes and congestion – all very unpleasant symptoms of hay fever. There’s an endless amount of medications available from pills to nasal sprays but there are a few other small things you can do to help manage your hay fever this Spring:

-          Use Vasoline on the inside of your nostrils when going outdoors to prevent pollen entering your nasal passage

-          Always wear sunglasses when outside and splash your eyes with water on a regular basis

-          Stay away from parks and gardens when lawns are being mowed

-          If symptoms are really bad, wear a mask when outside

Asthma

Asthma has a tendency to flare up in the Spring months. Pollen, dust mites, insect repellents and air temperature changes are just some of the things that can trigger an asthma attack. It’s not practical to lock yourself indoors so what are some of the things you can do to help keep your asthma in check?

-      Avoid the outdoors when pollen levels are at their highest, this is usually between 5am and 10am

-      After being outdoors, shower and/or wash your clothes as pollen can stick to skin and clothing

-      Use a clothes dryer instead of an outdoor clothesline to keep your sheets and clothes away from pollen and irritants

-      Opt for air conditioning instead of open windows to cool your car or home

-      Use asthma medication and antihistamines before exercising outdoors

If you notice your symptoms are worsening or if you have trouble controlling your asthma make sure you seek advice from a medical expert immediately.

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Allergies

Flowers, bushes and budding trees all look beautiful but they start releasing pollen into the air as soon as Spring arrives, this triggers seasonal allergies causing watery and itchy eyes, sneezing and even rashes and itchy skin. There are a huge variety of medications that can help but it’s best contact your doctor or local pharmacy to see which one will work best for you. Things to remember:

-      Allery medications work best before the pollen or allergen enters your system so it’s recommended starting two weeks before spring weather starts

-      Use an air purifier to help control your allergies inside your home

-      Wash your hands regularly and avoid rubbing your eyes to prevent small particles that may worsen the irritation

Specialising in aged care medication and offering a convenient home delivery service, Sable Pharmacy is your trusted local chemist with the largest range of pharmacy supplies, medications, vitamins and supplements to keep your family healthy all year round. Visit one of our three convenient locations or contact our friendly staff for expert advice on any health concerns you have this Spring.

How to stay healthy during a cold Melbourne Winter

Sneezing, coughing, runny nose – we all know the signs of a dreaded cold, one of the most common illnesses known to man. Although colds are usually harmless, they can be very unpleasant. In Australia the average adult suffers through 2-4 colds per year with symptoms lasting up to 2 weeks. That’s a lot of tissues, and a lot of time off work. Colds are usually caused by a viral infection and spread through droplets in the air. It’s almost a certainty that each and every one of us will catch a cold at some stage throughout the year, but what can we do to give us the best chance of staying healthy this Winter?

Wash your hands

Germs love hands. It may sound like common sense, but be sure to give your hands a thorough scrub several times a day using warm water with antibacterial hand wash or sanitiser. Water alone isn’t enough to kill germs. A thorough hand wash should take around twenty seconds and you should be sure to include the backs of your hands and in between your fingers.

Fuel your body with the right foods

Support your immune system by fuelling your body with a variety of foods high in nutritional value. A diet filled with seasonal fruits and vegetables, lean protein and wholegrains will fill your body with the vitamins and nutrients needed to help keep you fighting fit. Introduce herbs and spices such as garlic, ginger and turmeric which all contain immune boosting components.

Stay Active

Go for a walk, jog on a treadmill, dance, play tennis, do yoga – is doesn’t matter what you do as long as you do something. Not only does exercise help to keep you in shape, it helps get your blood flowing, will help keep you warm and boosts your endorphins. Just half an hour a day can have a huge impact on your health and wellbeing.

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Get Outdoors

It can be hard during the Winter months to get motivated to go outdoors, but it’s important to get a few minutes’ exposure to the sun when you get the chance. Vitamin D is vital for strong bones and is important for overall health and wellness. There are small amounts of vitamin D in foods such as fish, eggs and milk, however it’s difficult to obtain enough vitamin D from food alone so step away from your desk or get up off your couch and head outside and get some rays.

Drink Water

Staying hydrated, especially in Winter, is vital in maintaining good health. It is recommended to drink around 8 glasses of water per day which can be difficult in Winter when you often don’t feel like a cold drink. Keep a water bottle with you and sip away throughout the day.

Sable Pharmacy offers a range of medical supplies, vitamins and supplements to keep you and your family in excellent health all year round. For friendly service and advice visit one of our three convenient locations or enjoy the benefits of our home pharmacy delivery service.

Call us now for any advice or help you need with your health and that of your family.