It’s Summertime: June/July 2014

Here comes summer! This month’s wellness booklet helps you welcome the season with tips on sun protection, how to avoid bug bites, travellers’ diarrhea & abdominal cramps, and creating a summer travel kit.

Understanding Your Prescription

Have you ever looked at your prescription and wondered what it says? On the prescription below, you will find some common notations and what they mean. This will help you to better understand what the doctor has written on your next prescription!
Examples of Latin terms used on prescriptions
  • prn is Latin for take "as needed"
  • qid is Latin for "quater in die" which means 4 times a day
  • ac is Latin for “ante cibum” which means before meals
  • Your prescription also includes the name and strength of drug to be supplied
  • Different brands of the same medication must meet the same high quality standards. On the rare occasion that a patient has a problem with one brand of medication, his/her doctor may want to prescribe a different brand. In order to do this the doctor must write "No substitution" on the prescription.

Your prescription at Walmart

Your prescription goes through many checks before you receive your medicine. The pharmacist reviews your personal information to make sure that allergies or interactions with other drugs will not be an issue. The pharmacist also makes sure that the medication is appropriate to use with any medical conditions you may have and that the dose is right for you. Finally, the pharmacist makes sure that you understand what to expect from your medicine and the best way to take it.

A recipe for wellness

Click here to learn how to make BBQ Boneless Chicken Breast.

The five S’s of sunshine

  1. Slip on sun-protective clothing
  2. Slop on sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher broad spectrum sunscreen)
  3. TIP: Apply early, reapply often, i.e., 20 minutes before going out in the sun, and then reapply every 2 hours and again after swimming
  4. Slap on a broad-brimmed hat
  5. Seek shade
  6. Slide on sunglasses
For sensitive skin, remember to choose a sunscreen that is hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, free of artificial colours, and doesn’t clog your pores.
Looking for easy application? Spray sunscreens are the way to go. However, with sensitive skin, remember to choose a spray sunscreen with 0% alcohol and an SPF of 50 or higher. Lotion sprays will spray on white and can then be rubbed in. This way you’ll know you didn’t miss a spot!

Create your own summer travel kit

Start with a waterproof case (moisture can damage your supplies) and fill it with...
  • Antihistamines for allergic reactions
  • Bug spray to prevent bites
  • Hydrocortisone cream for rashes, bug bites or poison ivy
  • Sunscreen to prevent sunburns
  • Aloe vera gel or lidocaine to soothe sunburns
  • Cold & flu medications (decongestants, lozenges)
  • Antiseptic towelettes
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Tweezers and a sterile needle for splinters
  • Instant ice packs
  • Bandages
  • Saline solution to wash out eyes
  • Dimenhydrinate (Gravol®) for motion sickness
  • Over-the-counter pain medications
Gravol® is a registered trademark of Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
Kids going to summer camp? Don’t forget to make them a summer travel kit, too!

Bug bites, bee stings

In Canada, few types of insects carry venom or poison. In those that do, the venom isn’t usually dangerous. However, some people have allergic reactions to insect bites or stings.
Allergic reactions can range from a mild local reaction to a severe reaction that can affect breathing.
If you or your children are allergic to bees or other insects, don’t forget your epinephrine auto-injector! Always keep it handy, e.g., keep one at the cottage and one with you while travelling.
  • Be cautious near bushes, eaves and attics, and avoid garbage containers at picnic areas
  • Be cautious when eating or drinking outdoors
  • Have insect nests near your home exterminated by trained professionals
  • Wear long pants & long-sleeved shirts (tucked in), socks, shoes, head covering, and work gloves when working outdoors
  • Use insect repellant
  • Wear highly fragrant products like perfumes or some shampoos
  • Walk outside barefoot

Travellers’ diarrhea

Travellers’ diarrhea is the most common illness that affects travellers.
While most symptoms clear up on their own after a few days, it’s important to maintain hydration:
  • Drink lots of fluids
  • Consider oral rehydration solutions as well
Want more information about travellers’ diarrhea? Click here to view the article called Travellers’ Diarrhea – On the Run from our Thinking Healthy... Digestive Health page. Or just ask the Pharmacist at Walmart.

Abdominal cramping

Abdominal cramps are caused by sudden random spasms in the muscle of the stomach wall, intestines or bowel. Below is a list of symptoms that may help you describe what you are feeling.

Where do you feel the cramping?

  • Generalized, not focused in one area
  • Centre abdomen
  • Lower abdomen (general)
  • Lower right abdomen
  • Lower left abdomen
  • Upper abdomen (general)
  • Upper right abdomen
  • Upper left abdomen

What does it feel like?

  • Discomfort or dull aches
  • Sharp, shooting pain
  • Tightening sensation
  • Knotting sensation
  • Churning sensation
  • Spasms sensation
  • Gnawing sensation
  • Stabbing pain
For many people with abdominal cramping and pain, the exact cause is unknown. But if you are experiencing abdominal cramping or pain, you should talk to your doctor or the Pharmacist at Walmart.
Be sure to call your doctor if the pain is constant, gets worse or doesn’t improve within a day or two, or is accompanied by fever.

‘Tis the season for... sun care

What’s SPF (sun protection factor)?
Sunscreens with higher SPF ratings block slightly more UVB rays, although none offer 100% protection. The amount of protection you get works out as follows:
  • SPF 15 blocks out 93% of UVB rays
  • SPF 30 blocks out 97%
  • SPF 50 blocks out 98%
Who should wear sunscreen?
Everyone over the age of six months should wear sunscreen. Babies under six months should be wear protective clothing and be kept in the shade.
Want to learn more about choosing the right sunscreen for you and your family? Click here to read an article called Get the Skinny on Sun and Skin from our Thinking Healthy... Healthy Living page. Or just ask the Pharmacist at Walmart.

Important information

In summer as in every season, the Pharmacist at Walmart is always available to support you and your family with advice about your everyday health and wellness. 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.

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