Living in rural Alberta can make things tricky if you need help remedying minor health ailments.
Your first thought may be to seek help from your family physician in Eckville. But William Poggemiller, pharmacist and associate up the highway at Rimbey Value Drug Mart, says pharmacists are able to treat or prescribe medications for a wide range of minor ailments, from bladder infections to seasonal allergies.
“For many people you can’t always get in to see your doctor, and going to the ER might not be the most appropriate idea,” he says. “People can phone in and talk to us about their symptoms, and usually we’ll have a pretty good idea of whether we can treat them for it. We still need to see them to help verify our assessment, but giving us a call can be a good way to start.”
Here’s a few of the many ways William and fellow pharmacist Janet Herzog can help:
- Urinary tract infections – Painful UTIs flare up suddenly and finding fast relief is crucial, William notes. Not only have many women started treatment quickly after a visit to Rimbey Value Drug Mart, pharmacists can order further tests to investigate your situation. If it’s a first-ever UTI, they usually recommend seeing your doctor or visiting the ER first to ensure nothing more serious is going on.
- Contraceptive options – Heading to the pharmacy is a good choice if you need “morning after” or ongoing contraception. Taken within three days of having unprotected sex, Plan B and similar products available over the counter in Rimbey can prevent pregnancy. Pharmacists can also prescribe safe, appropriate birth control for daily use, such as Alesse or Marvelon. Ask about possible health insurance coverage for contraception.
- New parents find help – Your new baby’s cries can sometimes leave you worried about their well-being. Feel free to bring your concerns to the pharmacists at Rimbey Value Drug Mart, who have seen and heard a lot. If your child has milky white spots on their tongue or elsewhere inside their mouth, they may have oral thrush, a painful condition for which anti-fungal medication can be prescribed. Remedies are also available for diaper rash, a more common condition.
- Spring and summer allergies – Over-the-counter nasal sprays and drops can work for typical seasonal allergy flareups. But if you need higher potency, William and Janet can prescribe higher dosage antihistamines and drops to help itchy eyes, sinus congestion or throat irritation.
- Serving travellers a specialty – If family or friends are visiting and someone suddenly requires treatment, stopping in to the pharmacy at Value Drug Mart in Rimbey can help ease their pain or help them manage until they can see their regular doctor, William says.
Call the pharmacy at 403-843-2020 or drop into the store at 4917-50 Ave. in downtown Rimbey. You’ll also find Rimbey Value Drug Mart on Facebook.