With the warm weather, you’ll likely be spending more time outdoors. Whether it’s picnics, hiking, camping, or just a stroll outside, you’ll need to be cautious about protecting yourself from bug bites, especially the diseases that can be transmitted from these bites.
Now that tick numbers are at their peak, these bugs may hitch onto you when you’re outside playing, hiking, and enjoying the day. Your loving pet may also unknowingly pick a tick up and deliver it to you.
Did you know that Poisoning is the #1 cause of injury-related death in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control?
During Poison Prevention week each March, the nation’s spotlight turns to focusing on poisonings and how we can best prevent them. While this issue is one that is ever present, you might be astonished to know that social media is helping dangerous trends to continue. For example, a recent “Tide Pod Challenge” finds teens accepting dares to chew laundry packets and share the experience on social media. Clearly, this could lead to poisoning. Additionally, a few years ago, there was concern about Tide Pods being confused by toddlers for candy. These two examples could be followed by many more, and remind us that all age groups are at risk, not just small children.
How low should your blood pressure be? Recently, The American College of Cardiology and the
American Heart Association released updated blood pressure guidelines. While they focus on a
personalized approach to managing blood pressure, many more Americans will now qualify as
having hypertension, or high blood pressure, due to the lowering of blood pressure goals.
As cliche as it may be, fitness resolutions are still among the top of the list each year. And although many reports state people give up on these goals by February, StatisticBrain.com noted in their 2017 New Year's Resolutions poll results that those who do make resolutions are actually 10 times more likely to reach their goals than those who don't make any at all.
Last month, as with every October, we celebrated American Pharmacists Month, which is a great reminder to have a medication review with one of our pharmacists. A medication review, or "check-up," can reduce your risk of drug interactions and side effects and help determine if you're taking anything that is unnecessary. Another major benefit of a medication check is that a pharmacist can help to determine if there are less expensive medications to treat your health concerns. As the medication experts, pharmacists are trained to carefully and thoroughly evaluate your medication-related issues. Then, we act as members of the healthcare team by communication with our other providers (and you!) to solve your problems.
The Gatti Team
Information, tips and more from the Gatti Pharmacists and staff.