Common Conditions

Did you know... that there are many products to help you treat common conditions? The Pharmacist at Walmart can give you advice about them. Read on to learn about urinary tract infections and other common conditions

Urinary Tract Infections

An uncomplicated urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common condition more likely to be diagnosed in women than men. A urine test can diagnose a UTI and you will usually receive a prescription antibiotic to treat it.
Be sure to follow the antibiotic instructions closely. Make sure you finish the medication, even if you are feeling better or your symptoms improve.
Symptoms should clear up within a few days of starting treatment. If the symptoms get worse or do not clear up in a few days, you need to let your doctor know so he/she can look for a different treatment.

UTI symptoms

  • Pain and burning when you urinate
  • Low-grade fever
  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Pain or pressure in the pelvis, abdomen, or lower back
  • Urine sometimes appears cloudy, dark, or contains a small amount of blood


Preventing UTIs

Good hygiene and precautions may help prevent UTIs:
  • Drink plenty of water to flush out bacteria
  • Take showers instead of baths
  • Urinate when the urge arises
  • Avoid scented or perfumed products for feminine hygiene
  • Wear loose-fitting, breathable cotton underwear
  • Wipe from front to back after urinating or a bowel movement
  • Urinate after sex
  • Use enough lubrication during sex
Drinking cranberry juice or taking a cranberry supplement may help prevent UTIs.*
* If you are taking warfarin, or have a history of kidney stones, tell your doctor that you are drinking cranberry juice.

What are common conditions?

A common condition is not usually serious or long-lasting and does not normally require your doctor’s attention. A common condition usually:
  • can be self-diagnosed
  • does not require lab tests
  • won’t hide an underlying condition
  • is usually short-term
Ask the Pharmacist at Walmart for advice on your common conditions, and help with product selection to best fit for your personal health situation.
Remember that what may first seem to be a common condition has the potential to be serious. Make sure you consult with your doctor if your existing symptoms get worse or last for a long time.

Some common conditions

  • Headache/minor aches and muscle pain
    • Pain
    • Tension
  • Cold sores
    • Tingling, burning around mouth/lips
    • Sores
  • Acne
    • Whiteheads
    • Blackheads
    • Skin blemishes
  • Athlete’s foot
    • Itchy, burning and sore sensation between toes
  • Indigestion/heartburn
    • Stomach upset
    • Nausea
    • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
    • Loose and frequent bowel movements
    • Cramping
    • Risk of dehydration
  • Constipation
    • Infrequent bowel movements
    • Straining
    • Hard stools
  • Insect bites/stings
    • Skin reactions including pain, redness, swelling, itching
  • Hay fever/allergies
    • Sneezing
    • Watery eyes
    • Runny/stuffy nose

Some common remedies

  • Headache/minor aches and muscle pain
    • Ibuprofen
    • Naproxen
    • Acetaminophen
    • ASA
  • Cold sores
    • Local anesthetics for relief of itching/pain
    • Protectants such as petrolatum, zinc oxide, cocoa butter, allantoin or calamine
    • Docosanol 10% cream
  • Acne
    • Mild soap or soapless cleansers
    • Benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid
  • Athlete’s foot
    • Anti-fungal cream/liquid/gel (clotrimazole, miconazole, tolnaftate, butenafine)
  • Indigestion/heartburn
    • Avoid certain foods (spicy, acidic)
    • Antacids
    • H2 receptor antagonists

Other common remedies

  • Diarrhea
    • Oral rehydration solutions to prevent dehydration
    • Anti-diarrheal (loperamide, bismuth subsalicylate)
  • Constipation
    • Increase intake of fibre
    • Laxatives (senna, lactulose, polyethylene glycol, psyllium)
  • Insect bites/stings
    • Topical local anesthetics (pramoxine, lidocaine)
    • Hydrocortisone cream
    • Oral antihistamines to relieve itching
  • Hay fever/allergies
    • Anti-histamine or decongestant for symptom relief
    • Avoid pollen and other allergens (mould, dust mites, pets)
Be sure to ask your Walmart pharmacist about what remedies are right for you.

Important information

The Pharmacist at Walmart is your go-to source for all of your common conditions. Just ask.

This information should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your doctor. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. If you have questions about your symptoms, ask the Pharmacist at Walmart for more information, and/or contact your doctor.

This article is intended as general information. Always be sure to read and follow the label(s)/instruction(s) that accompany your product(s). Walmart will not be responsible for any injury or damage caused by this activity.



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