Hand Hygiene

Hand washing can help eliminate the spread of germs! Germs are on everything we touch. If we don’t wash our hands and we touch our eyes, nose, or mouth, germs can enter our bodies and potentially make us sick. Washing our hands with soap and water removes germs. The best way to wash our hands is to wet them with clean running water, lather with soap, scrub for at least 20 seconds, rinse and dry. Some key times we should wash our hands are before making/eating food, when we are around someone who is sick, after using the bathroom, after touching animals, and after coughing or sneezing. Washing our hands is an easy way to stay healthy!

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!

Colorectal cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death from cancer in the United States that affects both men and women. Who is most likely affected? It is most common in people age 50 and older and affects all racial and ethnic groups? So how can you to protect yourself? Early screening and physical activity are key. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 6 out of 10 deaths could be prevented if people age 50 and older received regular screenings. Talk to your doctor today about your screening options!

Daylight Savings

Don’t forget to reset your clocks on Sunday, March 8! “Fall-back” may be easier on the body than “Spring-forward” but both can interrupt your sleep habits by disconnecting your internal clock and your daily schedule. In general, it takes about a day to adjust for one hour of time change. Exposure to light decreases the secretion of melatonin, your brain’s natural sleep substance. It is important to expose yourself to light during the waking hours and decrease light for sleeping. Reducing caffeine, alcohol, and technology at bedtime are also recommended. If it is still difficult to sleep or you feel chronically tired even after adjusting sleep habits, it may be recommended to see a specialist.

Do I Need the New Shingles Vaccine?

Looking for your second shingles shot? Or getting ready to start your two-dose series? The new shingles vaccine is recommended for people over 50 years of age.It is recommended that all those that received the old shingles vaccine get re-vaccinated with this new, more effective vaccine. You may be on a waiting list at your local pharmacy, but the wait is over! This vaccine has been on a shortage at many pharmacies, but we have been able to keep stock up for you. There is no appointment necessary, and we guarantee both shots.

Running Out of Steam with Your New Year’s Resolutions?

Statistics show that about 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the end of February. Don’t want to be one of those 80%? Here are a few simple tips to help get your resolution back on track: realize that change is difficult process and will take time to stick, create a detailed plan with small, realistic goals to help boost your motivation, and have a solid support system with your family and friends to help keep you motivated and accountable. Remember that it is never too late to reach your goals—all you need to do is get started!

Rapid Flu and Strep Throat Testing Available

Not feeling well? Think you might have the flu or strep throat? Stop by the pharmacy and ask about our new testing with the BD Veritor Plus Analyzer. Testing takes less than 15 minutes and is only $35 dollars per test! Did we mention that results can be sent directly to your doctor? Don’t worry about having to sit in crowded waiting rooms or stand in long lines. Sand Run Pharmacy’s friendly and caring staff will help you feel better faster with our rapid testing and over-the-counter product recommendations.

Viracid

Flu season is upon us! Make sure you and your family are protected. Vitamin deficiencies can compromise the immune system, so strengthen your body’ immune response by getting all your essential vitamins and minerals. A great product containing all the immune-enhancing vitamins and nutrients you need to fight off a cold is Viracid by Ortho Molecular. This product can be taken for immediate support at the first sign of a cold, or for maintenance to protect you from getting sick in the first place. If you have any questions about this or any other cold-fighting supplements, stop in to see us for our recommendations.

Safe Celebrating

How much alcohol is safe to drink? What is a standard drink? Alcohol is okay when consumed in moderation. Moderate alcohol consumption is defined as having up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men. A “standard drink” is equal to 14 grams of alcohol. This amount of alcohol is typically equal to 12 oz. of beer, 8 oz. of malt liquor, 5 oz. of wine, or 1.5 oz. of distilled spirits or liquor.

Tend to Your Temperature

During this cold and flu season, make sure you know the many ways to treat fevers. Fevers occur when the body is trying to fight off an infection and they tend to be uncomfortable to the person experiencing them. Symptoms include a temperature > 100°F, sweating, chills, headache, muscle aches, loss of appetite and fatigue. To remedy your fever, drink lots of fluids (water or an electrolyte replacement) and rest as much as possible. Over-the-counter medications like Motrin and Tylenol can also help reduce a fever. If a fever exceeds 104°F, consult your healthcare provider.

Is a Fitbit on Your Christmas List?

One of the great medical mysteries that has been around for centuries is being able to accurately predict a person’s risk of death. Historically, this was predicted mostly by lifestyle choices, such as smoking and alcohol consumption, and other health factors, such as heart disease or cancer. New research suggests that wearable fitness trackers can provide more reliable predictions! Researchers found that total daily activity was the strongest mortality predictor, followed by age and time spent exercising. The fitness trackers were found to predict death risk 30% better than lifestyle data, and 40% better than health history. Will you be jumping on the Fitbit bandwagon?