Health Tip

What is Shingles?

Shingles is a blistering and painful rash that is caused by the same virus as chicken pox. This virus can lay dormant in nerve cells for years, then become active again as you get older and cause shingles. In addition to nerve pain, shingles can lead to other problems, such as: • Scarring • Skin […]

What’s the Difference Between a Cold and the Flu?

Influenza and the common cold share some symptoms in common, but influenza tends to come on more suddenly, last longer and is more severe. There is also a higher risk of complications, such as pneumonia, and influenza can make other health problems, such as asthma, worse. Flu Symptoms vs. Cold Symptoms: What can be done […]

Take Care of Your Heart

Approximately 1 in 12 Canadian adults are living with heart disease and it is the 2nd leading cause of death among Canadians. Luckily, there are things that you can do to help control your risk factors. You can: • Control your blood pressure,• Control your cholesterol levels,• Avoid smoking,• Eat healthy,• Get sufficient exercise,• Avoid […]

Travel Vaccinations

Receiving travel vaccinations before a trip can protect you from serious diseases and prevent you from spreading these illnesses to your friends and family upon your return. Certain vaccinations may even be required in order to travel to some places. Your Value Drug Mart pharmacist can review your vaccination history and advise you on which […]

Quitting Smoking

If you’ve experienced setbacks when trying to quit smoking, keep in mind that many smokers will try to quit smoking several times before they are successful, and the more times they try, the more successful they will be. Some tips to help you quit smoking include: • Develop an action plan with a health care […]

Dealing with Stress

Everyone experiences some amount of stress in their lives, but sometimes stress can pile up or levels of stress which were once manageable can wear at you until it becomes too much. It is important to recognize that everyone responds to stress differently. Some people feel overwhelmed and have difficulties concentrating, while others may become […]

Protect Yourself!

Pneumococcal Pneumonia can be very serious and is one of the types of pneumonia most likely to put you in the hospital. You are at increased risk of pneumococcal pneumonia if: You are 50 years of age or older, You have a chronic illness, or You smoke. You can help protect yourself by being vaccinated […]

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Blood Glucose Monitoring is an important tool for managing diabetes, as having well controlled blood glucose levels means that you will reduce your chances of developing heart disease, kidney disease, vision loss and damage to nerves located in various places in your body.Diabetes, regardless of type, is a serious disease that must be properly controlled […]

Fighting The Flu…

If you have influenza, commonly referred to as “the flu,” you have a viral infection. Antibiotics can not kill viruses. Antibiotics only work against bacterial infections. Therefore, if you have “the flu” you do not need an antibiotic. The flu is different than the common cold, as different types of viruses cause the flu. Although […]