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November 2017

 

SAVE A LIFE – KNOW THE SIGNS OF DIABETIC EMERGENCY

In 2010, 70,000 lives were claimed by diabetes in the Unites States alone. People with diabetes should be particularly mindful of significant increases or decreases in urination, excessive thirst, sudden weight loss, nausea, and having a fever accompanied by pain or swelling. A diabetic emergency occurs when blood sugar is severely high or low. Knowing the signs of a diabetic emergency can help save lives. Signs and symptoms include loss of consciousness, swelling or pain in the arms and legs, blue or numb hands or feet, confusion, fruit-scented breath, intense muscle weakness, and unexplained and sudden exhaustion. If these problems occur, call 911 immediately. Delaying treatment could result in permanent damage or death.


TREATING TOENAIL FUNGUS

Toenail fungus can infect your nail, nail bed, and the surrounding skin. Fungus can often make the nail change color, grow in unusual patterns, or become extremely thick or brittle. If you are dealing with toenail fungus (also called onychomycosis), talk to our compounding pharmacist about topical anti-fungal therapies that are specially formulated to penetrate the nail and have fewer side effects than oral anti-fungal medications. We can work with your doctor or podiatrist to customize a medication that will meet your unique needs.


PROBIOTICS REDUCE SEASONAL ALLERGY SYMPTOMS

A recent double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized study from the University of Florida suggests that probiotics can help improve quality of life in individuals with seasonal allergies. “Rhinoconjunctivitis”, a combination of symptoms affecting the nose and eyes, occurs when immune system responds to an allergen by releasing histamine and chemical mediators. Symptoms of allergic rhinitis include itchy nose, sneezing, watery mucus and usually nasal congestion or blockage, while symptoms of conjunctivitis are itching/burning eyes, tearing and redness. A probiotic containing a combination of certain strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium can help with symptoms of mild to moderate seasonal allergies. Ask our pharmacist which probiotic formulation would be best for you.


PROBLEMS WITH YOUR LIPS OR MOUTH?

If you are having problems with your mouth or lips, it’s likely that our compounding pharmacist can help. Patients who are undergoing chemotherapy and have mouth sores, and people who have recurrent problems with aphthous ulcers benefit from compounded medications. We work with dentists and physicians to formulate topical anesthetics that adhere to the lining of the mouth to cover oral ulcers in the mouth and relieve pain while they heal, mouthwashes to fight infections, and much more. Ask us about emollient lip balms that contain a natural antiviral to use at the first sign of a cold sore. Our customized formulations and delivery systems enable us to meet each patient’s individual needs. Call us today!

 

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