Good Day Pharmacy https://www.gooddaypharmacy.com Good Day Pharmacy Wed, 06 Sep 2017 23:22:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Easing Cold Symptoms https://www.gooddaypharmacy.com/pharmacy-fort-collins/easing-cold-symptoms/ Fri, 01 Sep 2017 13:20:17 +0000 https://www.gooddaypharmacy.com/?p=7025 Colds can be a nuisance and distraction to everyday life, but they’re also an inevitable, yearly occurrence. Instead of trying to avoid the inevitable, here are a few common and effective cold remedies that will help you shed your common cold symptoms.

Humidifier

For those with dried out, stuffy noses, a humidifier could be a great option. Using a cool mist humidifier can bring life back to dried out sinus cavities, and help break up sinus blockages and congestion. Be sure to change your humidifier water every day, and clean your humidifier often to avoid bacteria buildup.

Water

The ultimate bringer of life is water, which is why it’s also a great way to relieve the symptoms of a common cold. Water dilutes mucus, improves the immune system, and helps you feel rejuvenated faster. Also, many cold and sinus symptoms stem from dryness in the environment, so drinking water can help moisten up the sinuses, mouth, throat, and nasal cavities.

Saltwater Gargle

A saltwater gargle mixture of half a teaspoon of salt and eight ounces of water can help break up mucus and temporarily relieve pain associated with a sore throat.

PRO-TIP: Gargle a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water, or take periodic sips of undiluted apple cider vinegar (if you can handle it). Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties that can help break up the bacterial infection that causes a sore throat. Just be sure to brush your teeth after, as apple cider vinegar has acidic properties that can damage tooth enamel.

Echinacea Tea

Echinacea is an age-old flowering plant that has been used medicinally for centuries, and research has shown it can increase the number of white blood cells that fight infection in the body for a slight improvement in cold symptoms. Regardless of its health effects, a cup of echinacea tea can be just the thing to bring on a deep, rejuvenating slumber.

Honey

A spoonful of honey with a little lemon can sooth an irritated and sore throat—and it tastes delicious. However, don’t overdo it with honey, as many people report an upset stomach from consuming too much honey in one sitting.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken noodle soup possibly has a mild, anti-inflammatory effect, and can help clear up sinus congestion. Also, it’s incredibly warm, comforting, and nostalgic—especially when it’s just like mom used to make it.

Hot Toddy

Sinus congestion and other cold systems can be curbed with some lemon, honey, and whiskey. Just remember—a little whiskey goes a long way, and too much whiskey could make your cold symptoms even worse by weakening the immune system.

Hot Sauce Broth

A mix of hot sauce, lemon, and ginger doesn’t taste amazing, but it’s enough spice to loosen up congestion and put a pep in your step. The hotter the hot sauce, the better it works.

Sleep

It’s the ultimate no-brainer for reducing cold symptoms (or symptoms for just about any common illness). Take some cold medicine, get a long and deep night’s sleep, and you’re almost guaranteed to feel better than the day before.

OTC Cold Medicine

Combined with a few of the cold remedies listed above, over the counter cold medicine is the most direct way to curb cold symptoms. At Good Day Pharmacy, we understand the importance of feeling happy and healthy, which is why we’re dedicated to providing you with the best, most relevant common cold care products available. We’re your trusted Colorado pharmacy, with locations all over the Front Range and beyond, so no matter where you have a cold, we can help. Contact us, and get back to better health today!

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Back-to-School Health Tips https://www.gooddaypharmacy.com/pharmacy-fort-collins/back-to-school-health-tips/ Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:30:45 +0000 https://www.gooddaypharmacy.com/?p=7120 Summer is basically over, and the new school year is just about here (if it isn’t here already). It’s time to pick up some school supplies, figure out your daily schedule, and get your kids on the right track for academic success.

But if your kids are going to succeed in school, they must be healthy and safe. In this blog, your Fort Collins pharmacy team at Good Day Pharmacy will give you a few tips for starting the school year off right with healthy habits for the whole family!

Get vaccinated.

The beginning of the school year is the best time to get vaccinated—especially if your school or school district requires it. Your kids will need to get caught up on all the vaccinations recommended by your doctor, so plan ahead and spread them out or knock them out all at once. But this isn’t just a great time for kids to get vaccinated. You and your spouse must keep up on vaccinations (or at least your flu shot)—so why not make vaccinations a family affair?

If your child is afraid of needles and grows anxious every time they hear about vaccinations, joining them in their pain and misery could help them deal better with the process (just don’t let them know you’re also afraid of needles yourself). It’s also helpful to motivate your child by telling them you’ll buy them a toy or take them to get ice cream after the vaccinations are complete—this is probably the most effective way to get children to see the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel.

Start your day the right way.

Adjusting to a school schedule where you and your child have to wake up early can be difficult, if not frustrating for all parties—after all, nobody wants to give up those precious summer mornings meant for sleeping in. But your child must go to school, and you must take them—so make mornings productive and enjoyable to jumpstart your child’s school day.

A worry-free morning always starts with a strict bedtime, so make sure you and your child are in bed at a reasonable time so you feel awake and refreshed the next day. Next, cook or prepare a healthy breakfast for the both of you—a mix of protein, healthy fats, and some carbs will give your child the energy to power through their schoolwork until lunchtime. Finally, place your daily belongings like backpacks, lunch bags, car keys, purses, and jackets in the same place the night before you go to school. There’s nothing more stressful than searching for your keys or looking for matching socks when you’re already running late.

Teach your child good hygiene habits.

It doesn’t matter what kind of school your child goes to—put hundreds of kids together in a confined space, and you’re going to create a hotbed for germs. Germs are lurking all over water fountains, door handles, staplers, and faucets in the school environment—so if you want to prevent your kids from getting sick (and ultimately making you sick in the process) you’ll need to teach your child some quality hygiene and wellness habits. Your child should be washing their hands after using the restroom and before they eat lunch or have a snack, and they should never share drinks or food with their classmates. If your child does get sick, keep them at home, especially if their illness is potentially contagious. You wouldn’t want your child to infect all of their classmates with strep throat, hand-foot-in-mouth disease, or any other virus of the day.

Send your kid to school with healthy foods.

As a parent, it can be very convenient to send your kids through the hot lunch line or to pack them some Lunchables for the week. Unfortunately, your convenience does not align with your child’s physical and cognitive development.

Proper nutrition through a balanced diet is hugely important for your child’s physical growth, brain development, academic performance, and overall health. Your child requires a higher caloric intake than you do because of their higher metabolic rate, so feed them a healthy balance of protein, complex carbs, and fruits and vegetables by the boatload.

Using refreezable ice packs to keep produce cool can help your child eat healthy throughout the day to keep their metabolism rolling and their brains focused on schoolwork. It doesn’t have to be inconvenient—things like veggie packs, apples, and hard-boiled eggs can make eating healthy easy and fun!

Don’t overload your child.

It’s important to keep your kids active and involved in after-school activities, no matter if they’re kindergarteners or seniors in high school. However, it’s also important that your child doesn’t feel overwhelmed by all the activities that have going on during their day. Children need to relax just like adults do—they need to decompress, let their minds wander, and have an hour or two everyday to play at their own leisure, relax, or do nothing in particular. Free time allows kids to explore their own minds and enhance their creativity—if they spend their days hopping from school to study hall to soccer practice, they won’t have much time to explore their creative potential and to achieve a relaxed and peaceful mental state.

Help your child manage stress.

Parents can be stressed at work for a variety of reasons. Fatigue, social problems, and piled up work can lead to increased stress that can cause physical health issues like insomnia and a weakened immune system. Kids work the exact same way. If something is stressing your child out at school—like too much homework, a bully, or a mean teacher—it can affect their physical health. These things must be discussed with your child so you can find solutions or help your child work past them. This will help them feel more confident and do better in school, but most of all, it will help them stay healthy throughout the school year.

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Staying Healthy in the Workplace https://www.gooddaypharmacy.com/pharmacy-fort-collins/staying-healthy-in-the-workplace/ Sat, 22 Jul 2017 13:20:20 +0000 https://www.gooddaypharmacy.com/?p=7027 One sneeze, one cough, and one handshake. This is how the widespread infection of cold and flu symptoms can invade your workplace, and can keep your from performing well and feeling your best. Not to worry—here are a few ways that you can minimize the risk of illness in the workplace, and keep yourself feeling happy, healthy, and productive.

Drink water.

Water is the foundation of life, so it’s no wonder that drinking water is the ultimate factor in staying healthy in the workplace. Drinking water throughout the day will give you more energy and productivity, and it will keep your immune system strong, so keep a big old bottle of water at your desk, and refill it throughout the day.

Take breaks.

Stress and exhaustion due to a high-octane job doesn’t just take an emotional toll. The stress of the everyday grind can weaken the immune system, making you more susceptible to illness. It’s very important to take breaks throughout the workday to relieve stress, promote relaxation, and keep your body and mind aligned. It’ll keep you healthier, and most likely, more productive.

Wash your hands.

This one’s a no-brainer, and an essential habit for good hygiene and health. Hit your hands with soap and warm water, and stop germs from spreading around the office or into your body—just like your mother taught you.

If you’re sick and contagious, take the day off.

While it’s admirable to be wholly dedicated to your job and your coworkers, coming into work sick just to be a tough guy can put your coworkers at risk for illness, which can be a huge disservice to your employer. If you have a contagious illness, or are experiencing a lot of sneezing and coughing, it’s best to take the day off—or at the very least, work from home.

If you absolutely can’t skip work, protect your coworkers by washing your hands frequently, and cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow instead of into your hands.

Avoid coworkers who appear to be sick.

When someone in the office get sick, it’s bound to spread. That’s why you must be weary of coworkers who are exhibiting signs of illness. It might seem rude to avoid your sniffly and sneezy coworker, but it’s a critical to keeping yourself healthy and happy in the workplace.

It’s critical to avoid germ “hotspots” as well. Bathroom door handles and communal sinks can harbor a lot of germs, so it’s reasonable to use paper towels as a barrier to protect yourself from those who don’t care to wash their hands, even if your coworkers make fun of you for it. Just don’t become too afraid of germs—they’re an unavoidable part of life.

Ease up on the coffee.

Coffee can be extremely helpful for alertness and productivity in the workplace, but it’s important to keep your coffee intake to a minimum. Large amounts of caffeine in the morning can lead to debilitating headaches and exhaustion in the afternoon, which can compromise your immune system and increase the likelihood of illness.

Stick to a cup of coffee in the morning to kickstart your day, and take it easy on the cream and sugar. Your immune system will thank you for it.

Talk to your pharmacist.

Your local pharmacists at Good Day Pharmacy have a wealth of knowledge about sickness treatment and preventative health, so they can be an incredible resource as you navigate through cold and flu season. Stop by Good Day today, and pick up everything you need to stay healthy in the workplace!

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What is Compounding? https://www.gooddaypharmacy.com/pharmacy-fort-collins/what-is-compounding/ Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:33:49 +0000 https://www.gooddaypharmacy.com/?p=7103 The science of pharmaceutical compounding has been highly misunderstood (or not understood at all) for decades. In this blog, the Fort Collins Pharmacists at Good Day Pharmacy will help you understand the basics of pharmaceutical compounding and how it helps the general public stay healthy.

What is compounding?

Compounding is the creation of a “custom” pharmaceutical drug made by a licensed pharmacist for the specific needs of a patient (either of the human or the animal variety). By adding and removing ingredients, increasing or decreasing the doses of certain ingredients, or modifying the structure of a prescription drug, pharmacists can provide drugs that are as helpful as possible to their patients.

Why is it important?

There are many purposes and applications for compounded medications. In some cases, patients need a specific prescription drug to treat an illness, but are allergic to one of the ingredients (this is very common for people with lactose intolerance, celiac disease, or other food-related allergies and digestive ailments). Compounding allows pharmacists to remove or replace the ingredient in a safe and stable manner so the patient can get the treatment they need without any negative side effects.

Compounding also allows pharmacists to create custom strengths and doses of medications, flavored medications to make prescription drugs more palatable for kids and pets, or to change the form of a drug for patients who have difficulty chewing, swallowing, or digesting oral medications. These drugs can also be reworked into liquids, transdermal gels, suppositories, and topical creams to make them easier to administer to patients, which is crucial for the health of the public at large.

How are compounding pharmacies regulated?

Compounding pharmacies are subject to strict oversight from state and federal pharmaceutical agencies—and while compounding pharmacies are granted certain exemptions from the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938, they must follow virtually all Food and Drug Administration regulations. Controlled substances used in pharmaceutical compounding are strictly regulated the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

In addition to these standards, the United States Pharmacopeial (USP) Convention discusses issues and sets standards for best practices and ethical guidelines in regards to compounding.

Do compounding pharmacists have special training?

Compounding is an essential practice for all licensed pharmacists. In pharmacy school, pharmacists are trained on methods for properly compounding medications, and must pass rigorous tests about compounding and other pharmaceutical methods before they are issued a pharmaceutical license.

When do I need a compounded drug?

Compounded drugs are prescribed to patients only when a mass-produced prescription drug does not meet their needs. Always ask your doctor about if or why they are prescribing you a compounded drug, and make sure they give you reasons why you would not be able to tolerate the commercially available drug.

How do I find a compounded pharmacy in my area?

If you are prescribed a compounded drug, your pharmacist will direct you to the compounding pharmacy that can meet your needs. Fortunately, Good Day Pharmacy has compounding pharmacy locations across northern Colorado with experienced pharmacists and friendly service. Next time you’re in need of a compounding medication, tell your doctor about Good Day Pharmacy!

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How to Stay Healthy When Travelling https://www.gooddaypharmacy.com/pharmacy-loveland/how-to-stay-healthy-when-travelling/ Sat, 15 Jul 2017 13:20:29 +0000 https://www.gooddaypharmacy.com/?p=7030 Travelling is one of the most rewarding parts of life. However, every adventure comes with its risks, and an elevated chance of contracting foreign illnesses and health problems. Here are a few ways to properly prepare for your trip, and ways to stay healthy when you’re on your adventure.

Eat healthy.

If you’re destined for airport terminals and hotel rooms, it can be difficult to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. But without proper nutrients, your body is highly susceptible to illness.

The key to health on the road is healthy snacking. Packing nuts, dried fruit, pouched tuna, and other healthy snacks can keep you full and energized in between travel meals, and will help you attain proper nutrients to stay healthy during your travel adventures.

Use good judgement when eating out.

When travelling, it’s important to make judgement calls about what is suitable to eat. Undercooked meat and fish pose a high risk for foodborne illnesses, so make sure the meat you eat looks and smells fresh, or at the very least, order your meat well-done. When in doubt, eat thoroughly-washed raw fruits and vegetables, which are the least likely foods to grow bacteria that leads to foodborne illnesses.

Drink water.

Long flights can be extremely dehydrating, especially if flight attendants are passing out tiny cups of water every three hours. This lack of water can weaken your immune system, lead to headaches and nausea, and increase the likelihood of illness that can ruin your travelling plans. Buy yourself the largest possible bottle of water in the terminal, and pack a few bottles of water in your checked bags, just in case your destination doesn’t have available, clean tap water or bottled water to drink.

Prepare for common health problems.

Travel is fairly predictable, especially in a foreign country . Odds are that you’ll be dizzy and nauseated from a long flight, or your stomach will be upset from eating too much restaurant food. There’s nothing worse than getting sick on the road and having to navigate through an unknown place just to pick up medication. Make like a boy scout, and be prepared with supplies that can help you with the most common travel illnesses, like ibuprofen, motion sickness medicine, band-aids, cold medicine, and diarrhea/constipation medicine. most importantly, make sure all of your medications fit with airport security guidelines and requirements.

Get some exercise.

Exercise will give you added energy, a stronger immune system, and a much-needed metabolic boost to help you process all that travel food. If you can’t access a gym or fitness center, try some bodyweight workouts that can be done in public spaces or hotel rooms.

Know your destination.

Travelling through Europe comes with a lot of the modern, western amenities Americans are accustomed to, but not all countries have these amenities. If you’re travelling to a developing country, do some research and ask your doctor about the risks and illnesses associated with eating and living in that country. That way, you’ll be specifically prepared for your travels with the right medications, just in case something troubling happens.

Wash your hands.

Airports, train stations, and hotels are crawling with germs from all over the world, so be sure to wash your hands and avoid high-traffic bathrooms and drinking fountains. If these areas are unavoidable, be sure to carry hand sanitizer to eliminate germs on the spot.

Stock up on supplies at your local pharmacy.

Good Day Pharmacy offers all of the over-the-counter and prescription medications you will need for your travels, and can help you find the find the right solutions for your travel budget. Contact us  today!

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Tips For Traveling With Asthma https://www.gooddaypharmacy.com/pharmacy-loveland/tips-for-traveling-with-asthma/ Mon, 10 Jul 2017 21:17:23 +0000 https://www.gooddaypharmacy.com/?p=7002 Saint Augustine once said, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” He wasn’t wrong, because the act of travel not only provides you with unique experiences, but it profoundly changes your perspectives on the world. By having a pint with the locals in a small Scottish town, feeling the sand between your toes in Tahiti, or watching a magnificent sunrise in Kenya, you’ll have experiences that cannot be replicated through TV or the internet. But how does asthma change all that?

The answer is, it doesn’t necessarily have to. It’s true, traveling with asthma can be somewhat challenging. Some people are afflicted with a more severe version and run a very real risk of being hospitalized if triggered. Others only have a mild condition and are triggered by something specific, such as hay fever. Regardless of where you fall on the asthma spectrum, you can still travel, you just need to take a few sensible precautions. Grab your map and medications, and we’ll share a few handy travel tips.

  • You probably take your inhaler everywhere you go, and there’s no reason to change that habit while you’re on holiday. Be sure to have it with you wherever you go, since the last thing you need is to have an attack and have no medication. A wise move is to pack a couple of spares, and put them in your handheld luggage and your checked luggage. For air travel, you may need to pack your inhaler in a see-through plastic bag when you go through the airport security checkpoint.
  • Before you leave, make an appointment with your doctor. You want to get checked out and get the thumbs up that you’re healthy enough for travel. If you have an asthma specialist, it’s worth your while to make an appointment with them as well. Your doctor can also write you a prescription refill if needed.
  • Speaking of prescriptions, be sure to take them with you. If they are stolen, you run out, or simply lose them, it will be far easier to get a refill or replacement. According to the TSA, you can bring unlimited amounts of medicines in solid form, as long as it’s screened. If you have liquid meds, they are allowed “in excess of 3.4 ounces in reasonable quantities for the flight.”
  • If you have travel insurance, it’s critical that you declare your asthma as a pre-existing medical condition. If not, you won’t be covered. That’s a problem, considering that should you suffer an asthma attack while you’re traveling, and you need a ventilator or medical steroids as part of your treatment, you might get hit with a ridiculously expensive bill.
  • Not everyone is affected by asthma the same way. Make sure you know what triggers it and avoid those conditions whenever possible. If cigarette smoke is a trigger, remember that in many parts of the world, smoking is still common in hotels, bars and restaurants. If pollen is a trigger, you’ll want to stay away from areas with a heavy concentration. By doing a little research ahead of time, you can be sure you’re prepared.
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Common Triggers of Allergies https://www.gooddaypharmacy.com/pharmacy-fort-collins/common-triggers-of-allergies/ Sat, 01 Jul 2017 21:17:24 +0000 https://www.gooddaypharmacy.com/?p=7003 If you’re the wheezy, sneezy, itchy and teary one of the bunch, chances are you have any allergy of some sort. But what is causing your allergy? Here are a few (of many) triggers that can cause moderate to severe allergy symptoms, and a few ways to curb their effects.

Animals

Animals are one of the most common triggers of allergies in humans, and almost any animal can be the culprit—dogs, cats, horses, hamsters, you name it. These allergies are most often caused by animal skin dander floating off of the animal, through the air, and into the sinus passages or mouth. Once inhaled, they can causing itchy, watery, and red eyes, itchy and runny nose, mucus buildup, coughing and sneezing, and even stomach problems. Exposure to animal saliva and urine can have similar effects as well.

While avoiding exposure to animal dander is an excellent way to avoid allergy episodes, that’s not always a feasible or enjoyable option. After all, pets are some of the most adorable and lovable creatures on the planet—and a lot of the time, the ones you love most live with your closest family members and friends.

To avoid a sniffly situation when visiting a beloved pet, take an allergy pill 30 minutes to an hour before your visit to curb your allergy symptoms, and consult with your pharmacist to know which allergy medication is right for you.

Dust

One of the most problematic allergy triggers could be hiding in your home—and most likely, underneath your couch. Dust is one a common allergy trigger, and one of the easiest to remove, when done carefully. Many people experience dust allergies inside their own homes, especially after they’ve finished cleaning or dusting. The second you kick up dust while vacuuming  or sweeping, dust particles can fly up into the sinuses, causing wheezing, sinus blockages, and coughing. These allergy symptoms can be reduced by keeping a clean house, and making sure that external dust isn’t seeping into your home through windows or underneath doors, or recirculating through HVAC systems.

Mold

Mold can cause severe allergic reactions and other illnesses, so it’s important to keep a watchful eye for mold in the damp, humid areas of your home, like bathrooms and kitchens. Mold can cause coughing, itchy and watery eyes, mucus buildup, headaches, and even hives. Be sure to kill mold at the source with bleach and water, and do it quickly to avoid the further spreading of mold in your home.

There are so many factors to keep in mind when treating an allergy problem, so it’s important to talk to your local pharmacist about the best course of action for you and your symptoms. That’s where Good Day Pharmacy can help. Our expert staff members are friendly, knowledgeable, and dedicated to providing you with the products and services that help you feel your best. We serve retail customers in Eaton, Ft. Collins, Greeley, Johnstown, Longmont, Loveland, and Wellington—so you can have the highest quality pharmacy experience possible, no matter where you live in Northern Colorado.

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Everything You Should Know About Sunburns https://www.gooddaypharmacy.com/pharmacy-fort-collins/everything-you-should-know-about-sunburns/ Sat, 01 Jul 2017 20:09:37 +0000 https://www.gooddaypharmacy.com/?p=7091 Skin cancer is now the most common form of cancer in the United States, and the number of people affected is on the rise—according to the American Academy of Dermatology, over 9,500 Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every single day.

Ultimately, it’s UV exposure that’s causing most cases of skin cancer, coming from—you guessed it—good old fashioned sunburns.

In this blog, Good Day Pharmacy—the premier pharmacy in Fort Collins—will help you better understand what sunburns are, how they affect your body, and how you can treat them or avoid them altogether. We’ll tell you right now… it takes a bit more effort than putting on sunscreen.

What Is A Sunburn?

Simply put, a sunburn is your skin’s reaction to UV exposure and damage—and no matter how much you want to believe you’re just “getting a base tan” or making a small sacrifice to boost your vitamin D, you’re always doing damage to your skin. That classic redness that comes with a sunburn is extra blood in your capillaries rising to the surface of your skin to regenerate the genetic material you’ve destroyed (you’re essentially scorching your own DNA every time you get a sunburn). It doesn’t take a nasty burn to cause skin damage and increase your risk of cancer—even the slightest damage can lead to skin cancer.

How Your Body Deals With The Damage

All the pain, stinging, itching, and peeling from a sunburn is just your body’s way to deal with UV damage to your skin. For example, peeling skin caused by sunburn is just your body’s way of removing the dead, burnt skin cells from your body, allowing for newer, undamaged skin cells to appear at the surface. Similarly, that itching sensation you feel from a sunburn is essentially a signal that something’s not right with your skin—essentially, it’s a very mild pain sensation.

From Sunburn to Sun Poisoning

Extreme sunburn often leads to sun poisoning or “sun sickness” which can make you experience a variety of symptoms like severe blistering and peeling, dizziness, fever, chills, nausea, swelling, and migraine headaches. In situations like these, you’ll need to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Sunburns vs. Object Burns

Many people wonder about the differences between sunburns and other burns, like when you burn your hand with a lighter or touch a hot frying pan. The difference is in the DNA—while object burns do not affect DNA stability or structure, sunburn cause extensive damage to DNA. This is why sunburns can have such long-term and potentially cancerous effects on the body.

Getting Rid of a Sunburn

There’s no true way to get rid of a sunburn—only ways to deal with the consequences. In terms of pain, there are many paths to relief, like applying cold compresses, aloe vera, and hydrocortisone cream, and drinking plenty of water or sports drinks to replenish your skin with moisture and nutrients.

Even after your sunburn subsides, that doesn’t mean you’re off scot-free—your skin is, in a way, permanently damaged by every sunburn you receive. In the words of every baseball commentator in history: “The inning is over, but the damage is done.” The only way to avoid sunburn damage is to prevent a sunburn from happening in the first place.

Preventing Sunburns

This might seem obvious to most, but preventing sunburns is all about shielding your skin from sun exposure. That can be done with sunscreen (preferably broad-spectrum and SPF 30 or higher), protective clothing like hats, sunglasses, and long-sleeve shirts, and—of course—by avoiding the sun altogether.

It’s even more important to teach children how to avoid sunburn, so they’re not exposed to sunburn damage at an early age. Teach them the ABCs of skin protection:

  • A – Away – Stay away from the sun.
  • B – Block –  Put on sunblock.
  • C – Cover Up – Wear protective clothing.

Start your kids early on healthy skincare habits, and they’ll be better protected during a lifetime of sun exposure!

How to Apply Sunscreen

It doesn’t matter how many SPFs you have working for you—if you don’t apply sunscreen properly, you’re going to get burned. Find a sunscreen that’s right for your skin type (thick creams for dry skin, alcohols and gels for oily skin, and spray-on sunscreen for all those hairy areas), and apply a thick, even coat across all exposed skin areas. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after you’ve spent some time in water (or done a great deal of sweating)—and keep on applying as long as you’re out in the sun. Don’t forget what your mother taught you—put a little extra sunscreen on the ears, nose, and neck.

Talk to Your Fort Collins Pharmacist

If you’re looking for sunburn relief, or hoping to avoid a sunburn in the first place, Good Day Pharmacy can help. We carry a variety of products (and knowledge) that can help you stay healthy and happy all summer long. Visit one of our Northern Colorado locations today!

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Grow Your Long-Term Care Business With Good Day Pharmacy https://www.gooddaypharmacy.com/pharmacy-fort-collins/grow-your-long-term-care-business-with-good-day-pharmacy/ Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:17:25 +0000 https://www.gooddaypharmacy.com/?p=7004 It’s true that the crux of our company mission is to offer Coloradans a pharmacy option that provides personalized attention and a premium experience. Good Day Pharmacy was founded by a trio of pharmacists who possessed an intimate knowledge of what was missing in the industry, and sought to fill that gap with a hometown pharmacy that could provide a higher level of customized care than the large national chains. However, filling prescriptions and providing medical equipment rentals is far from all that we do. As a service to the long-term care providers in our community, Good Day Pharmacy also offers consulting and medical supply services that helps these companies grow and thrive. Keep reading to learn more or contact us today!

Long-Term Care Industries We Serve

In-Home Senior Care – This is a service provided to seniors who would prefer to go on living in their own home, but need the companionship and occasional assistance that an in-home care provider can deliver. In-home care services can help seniors get to doctor’s appointments, clean their house, and remember to take medications on a prescribed schedule.

Assisted Living – People who provide assisted living care often operate standalone facilities. These are residential settings that allow those of advanced age to combine housing, medical support services, and social activities under one roof. The people who live in assisted living facilities do so for a variety of reasons. Perhaps their partner recently passed away and they’re feeling lonely in a now-empty house. Perhaps they’ve suffered an illness or injury that makes it difficult to live on their own safely. Whatever the reason, assisted living facilities are instrumental in helping seniors maintain a high quality of life even in their golden years.

Hospice Care – This is a service provided to seniors and their loved ones while dealing with advanced illnesses. Hospice care is only ever provided in a patient’s home, and rather than focusing on recovery, it’s designed to help make a patient feel comfortable and alert in what may be their last days.

Intellectual & Developmental Disability Care – Of course, long-term care isn’t only needed by those who have reached advanced age. In cases of intellectual or developmental disability, it may be difficult for individuals to live on their own without the supervision of a long-term care provider. These caretakers can help with transportation, physical therapy, socialization, and more that enhances the patient’s quality of life.

Special Services We Provide To The Long-Term Care Industry

Good Day Pharmacy has a long legacy of working closely with each and every one of the long-term care industries listed above. Because of our history in the medical and pharmaceutical industries, we’re uniquely positioned to provide guidance, equipment, and support services to these companies, so that they can focus on what’s most important: caring for their patients. We can help your organization through:

Drug Distribution & Delivery – Does one of your patients need a very specific type of compounded medicine…in the middle of the night on a holiday weekend? We’ll help you locate it in a timely fashion, deliver it if we can, or make arrangements to have it delivered by another local pharmacy.

Consulting On Pharmacy Regulations – Are you concerned about compliance with state and federal regulations at your long-term care facility? Our consulting services can help guide you through the legal steps of opening and running your business so that you never have to be worried about ending up on the wrong side of the law.

Medical Equipment Supply – It’s often necessary for long-term care patients to have access to various medical equipment that facilitates mobility and a high quality of life. Our pharmacy is the preferred supplier of equipment including bathroom safety products, compression stockings, respiratory supplies, and wheelchairs to many of Colorado’s long-term care providers.

Want to know more about how we can help grow your business? Contact us today!

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Staying Safe in Hot Weather https://www.gooddaypharmacy.com/pharmacy-fort-collins/staying-safe-in-hot-weather/ Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:58:30 +0000 https://www.gooddaypharmacy.com/?p=7083 With temperatures already heading into the mid-90s, The Fort Collins area is heating up fast—with even toastier temperatures on the way in July and August. If you’re going to enjoy all the natural wonders, make it to all the breweries, and survive those scorching days without a sign of a dehydration or overheating, you’ll need to learn how to chill—more specifically, how to keep your body temperature low and keep your body hydrated.

In this blog, the Fort Collins pharmacists and holistic health experts at Good Day Pharmacy will give you some tips for staying cool this summer—which just might be one of the hottest summers on record.

Drink plenty of water.

Didn’t your mom teach you anything? Drinking water during hot weather is the best way to avoid health complications like heat exhaustion and dehydration, and a great way to stay energized and healthy, no matter how hot it is outside! Take heed of Boy Scout methods, and pack way too much water for your summer adventures. Wouldn’t you rather have too much water than not enough?

Take breaks during strenuous outdoor exercise.

If you’re taking a hike on Horsetooth Rock or swimming at Lory State Park, you’re going to get some strenuous exercise and expose yourself to high temperatures and intense sunlight. To avoid symptoms of heat exhaustion and stroke (we’ll touch on this later), be sure to take some breaks and get some shade to cool off for awhile. Intense, prolonged activity in the heat without a break can leave you feeling dizzy, nauseated, and dehydrated—taking breaks will help you avoid these symptoms so you can spend more time outside and have more fun on your summer adventures.

This healthy strategy goes for all people in your group. Even if you’re not feeling tired or overheated, keep a close eye on your peers, and take a break if you notice they’re looking winded or hot.

Know the signs of heat exhaustion and stroke.

Heat exhaustion and stroke are very serious conditions, and should not be taken lightly. Know the symptoms and consequences of these conditions so you can treat them as the occur, or avoid them altogether.

Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion goes hand in hand with dehydration, and can cause a number of serious symptoms like excessive thirst, headaches, severe fatigue, nausea, vomiting, cramps, and dizziness. To treat someone showing signs of heat exhaustion, make them drink plenty of cold water, have them remove any restrictive or tight clothing, and have them take a cool (not ice-cold) shower or bath to lower their internal body temperature. If you’re unable to move indoors, find a cool, shady place and apply a cool towel or t-shirt to the forehead, neck, and wrists.

It’s important to act fast if you or someone else is experiencing signs of heat exhaustion—otherwise, there’s a dramatically increased risk for heat stroke.

Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is an incredibly severe condition—one that can be fatal in certain circumstances. Heat stroke occurs when your body’s internal temperature rises above 104 degrees, which causes extreme heat exhaustion symptoms, and even damage to the brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles.

Heat stroke is almost always a result of untreated heat exhaustion—to avoid this debilitating and potentially fatal condition, treat symptoms of heat exhaustion immediately, and cut your summertime adventures short to stay safe and cool.

Do not leave children or pets in hot cars.

The interior temperature of a vehicle during a heat wave can rise well over 120 degrees—a dangerously hot temperature, especially if you’ve left a child or pet in the vehicle. This is a perfect example of a “greenhouse effect”—when sunlight and heat pass through the windows of your car, that heat is trapped inside of your car with no way out, creating extreme temperatures. It’s like a pressure cooker, except you’d never leave your dog in a pressure cooker.

It’s NEVER okay to leave pets or kids inside hot cars—even with the AC running and plenty of water. The risk is just too great—especially with a growing population of crusaders willing to punch out car windows to save the poor folks being cooked inside. Keep your kids and your animals cool by bringing them inside your destination with you—or not bringing them along at all.

Have a plan for power outages.

When your power goes, so does that crisp, cool air from your air conditioner. Always have a plan to keep your home (and yourself) cool in the event of a power outage by lowering your blinds, keeping extra ice on hand, and having an escape plan for when your home gets too hot (like going to an afternoon movie at the theater, or hanging out at an indoor, air conditioned mall).

Many homes have backup generators that can keep the AC running during outages, and prepare your home for some of the worst power outage scenarios. Invest in one, and learn how to use it properly–there’s a risk for carbon monoxide poisoning if you don’t use your generator the right way.

Avoid booze and sugar.

We get it—why on earth would you avoid your two favorite things on the planet? Unfortunately, your favorite substances can compromise your health in hot weather by spiking your blood sugar and causing dehydration—not a great combo when the weather outside is nearing triple digits.

The more sugar you eat, the more urine your kidneys produce—and the more you urinate, the more dehydrated you’ll be. This can be dangerous for diabetics, let alone average Joes on a mid-day hike. Keep your sugar to a minimum on hot days, and drink plenty of water to offset dehydration.

As for the booze, the law of diminishing returns is in effect here. Having a ice-cold can of suds or a refreshing margarita will temporarily raise your body temperature, but eventually lower it without risk for dehydration—but when that turns into three or four beers or big tub of margarita mix, you’re on the fast-track to dehydration, headaches, and a bad buzz. While a little booze won’t hurt, keep your intake in check, especially when the temperatures rise, and offset that booze with a glass of water—on the rocks.

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