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Lloyd pharmacist can help keep your skin healthy as temperatures rise

Dr. Asad Kashani – Special to the Source

 

Skin issues have a knack for bad timing. Often when we have big events like a wedding, a beach vacation, or a family event, our skin decides to act up. 

Whether it’s shingles or bug bites, skin issues can pop up at the worst time. Ensuring your skin is healthy goes beyond beauty, it’s important for your health. 

The skin protects us from dehydration, bacterial infections, pollution, and more, playing a vital role in our overall well-being. 

However, with the expanded scope of practice for pharmacists, residents of Lloydminster can visit their local pharmacy to have minor skin conditions assessed and treated. This means you can get the help you need without spending time waiting at a walk-in clinic, ensuring you don’t miss a moment of your big event.

Let’s explore how pharmacists, like me, can help you clear up common skin conditions and restore a healthy glow.

Shingles Raining on your Parade? 

Every year, about 130,000 Canadians are diagnosed with shingles, and who more convenient to turn to than your local pharmacist for quick and effective solutions? Pharmacists in Alberta can support more than ever, thanks to the expanded scope of practice for shingles treatment. From over-the-counter skincare recommendations to antiviral medications and vaccination, we can help soothe that blistering skin. 

Pharmacists can also provide tips on how to keep things comfortable during recovery and minimize the risk of complications.

Itching away Insects

People are not the only ones who are looking forward to summer. Insects, such as mosquitoes, enjoy the hotter temperatures, which means you may be hearing them buzzing around you more frequently starting in the spring and into the summer. 

One of the most effective ways to protect yourself from mosquitoes is by applying repellent. If you find the repellent aisle overwhelming, your pharmacist can help with recommendations. 

If your insect bites are more than an uncomfortable itch, your pharmacist can also access and prescribe treatment if necessary. 

Tricks for Ticks

It’s not only the “vacation itch” going around this spring. Unfortunately, tick-borne pathogens are on the rise in Canada, with Lyme disease being the most common form. 

As you prepare for excursions to campsites or cottages this spring, be on the lookout for ticks. 

If you have been bitten, be sure to book an appointment with your local pharmacist. Pharmacists in Alberta can help with tick bites and post-exposure prophylaxis to prevent Lyme disease.

Your skin deserves the best care, and pharmacists are here to help. We’re available even when primary care offices are closed, offering fast acute care for various minor conditions and easing the burden on other healthcare services. Visit your local pharmacist for quick and convenient health support.

Asad Gavahi Kashani is a pharmacist and owner of your local Shoppers Drug Mart in Lloydminster. Visit ShoppersDrugMart.ca to find your nearest store.m