Seasonal Allergies, Colds, and the Flu

The crisp air and changing leaves is the signature of fall. But the change of seasons also brings seasonal allergies and the dreaded flu. Luckily, you can prevent both from taking you down with a few remedies.


There are many over the counter allergy relievers such as Benadryl and Flonase. But if an allergy hits you harder than most, maybe it is time to consult your doctor. By visiting a doctor, you can determine exactly what is causing your flare up. He or she can prescribe medicine to prevent symptoms or keep them at a minimum.


During the fall, it is very common to develop a runny or stuffy nose. The changing weather is usually targeted as the culprit. Which turns out, is true. The Rhinoviruses and coronaviruses are the two most common causes of a cold. During the changing of seasons as the temperature drops, these viruses are able to replicate quicker in a colder environment.


The start of the fall season also brings on the flu season. Many doctors’ offices and pharmacies have started offering flu shots. Every year a vaccine is developed to help prevent the spread of the flu. But every year, people all over the world ask themselves this questions, “Do I really need to get a flu shot?”

Whether it’s because you hate needles or you just don’t like the idea of the flu shot, the flu shot can do a lot of good for people. The flu can harm children, the elderly, and anyone with a compromised immune system. By getting vaccinated, you could help stop the spread of the flu.

Sometimes there is no dodging being sick. But if you do get sick, make sure you drink plenty of fluids and get a lot of rest. You can also help boost your immune system by using vitamins E and C and zinc. These vitamins won’t cure you or prevent it completely, but they will help you fight them off. Another great defense is to always wash your hands, as bacteria and viruses can live on your hands for a certain amount of time.

Stop into East Hill Family Pharmacy today. Our pharmacists will gladly guide you on how to stay healthy this fall.

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