Cold sores are bothersome blisters that typically appear around the mouth and sometimes on the nostrils. They are caused by a virus known as Herpes Simplex and can reoccur several times a year. Cold sores are transmitted by saliva and can be passed on to another person when an infection is present. To reduce the severity of the infection, it is important to seek medication before the sore appears. Many people feel a tingling sensation a day or two before the lesion appears, which is the ideal time to seek treatment. Furthermore, cold sores can be triggered by illness, stress, medical procedures, and hormonal changes. Antiviral medication can be accessed without a prescription through pharmacists if the patient has been previously diagnosed with cold sores by a physician.
Eczema is a lifelong skin condition that first appears in early childhood and reoccurs periodically into adulthood. It is recognized by itchiness, oozing/weeping sores, and cracking/bleeding skin. Eczema ranges in severity and treatment options, but usually appears in several common sites (hands, wrists, legs, feet, behind the knees, neck, and face). Although eczema should first be diagnosed by a physician, pharmacists can prescribe medications to treat eczema flare-ups. Proper skin care and moisturizing is helpful to prevent eczema from worsening and often is the only treatment needed. However, prescription medication is sometime required when eczema becomes inflamed and irritated.
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Seasonal allergies, also known as Allergic Rhinitis, are an immune response to allergy triggers (i.e. pollen, dust) in the air. Allergies are often mistaken as the common cold, but usually involve more sneezing, a runny or stuffed nose, and eye irritation. Furthermore, allergies are more common in the spring and summer, whereas the common cold is more common in the fall and winter. Seasonal allergies can be quite bothersome and can affect concentration at work/school, sleeping habits, and your overall daily routine. Although seasonal allergies are rarely a serious medical condition, it is still important to receive proper treatment. There are both non-prescription and prescription medications available depending on the severity of the allergies. Regardless, it is important to start treatment prior to the allergy season in order to receive an effective result.
Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)
Diaper rash is a common skin rash that is caused by continuous exposure to urine and feces. The rash can simply be due to skin irritation, or it can be further complicated by an infection. Prompt treatment of an uncomplicated diaper rash, which usually appears as red shiny bumps, can help prevent infection. Often, changing diapers and allowing the skin to air out is enough to provide relief, but medicated creams are sometimes necessary.
Acne is a skin condition affecting adolescents and adults that can appear as mild, moderate, and severe. Whiteheads and blackheads are the most commonly used terms to describe mild to moderate acne and their frequency determines the treatment plan. General face washing with a non-irritating soap in the morning and at night is recommended for anyone struggling to control acne. Additionally, medications (both non-prescription and prescription) can be used to keep acne from spreading. Severe acne, which appears as large inflammatory nodules, requires a doctor’s assessment and usually only responds to more aggressive prescription acne therapy. Visit our pharmacists to find out what type of acne you have and what treatment options are available.