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Clinician’s Corner: Treatment of Sunburn

Your Thompson Pharmacist is busy this time of the year recommending sunscreens. Sometimes however, the sunscreen is “forgotten” or not applied frequently enough, and patients come to seek our expert advice about treatment of sunburn. Most sunburn is self-treatable. Most are usually first or second degree burns. First degree...

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Clinician’s Corner: Sunburn Prevention

Last week we discussed the mechanics of sunscreens and product selection.  Here are some tips about sunscreens before you head to the beach, Altoona Curve or to any other outdoor activities! UVA Light:  is continuous throughout the day and may exceed the intensity of UVB by up to 1000...

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Clinician’s Corner: Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy—The basics                                                                   The Toxicodendron (“means poisonous tree”) genus of plants causes more contact dermatitis than all other causes combined.  Ten to fifty million Americans develop allergic contact dermatitis to a Toxicodendron annually.  In one study 10% of all occupational injuries among seasonal farm, workers in PA and NY...

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Clinician’s Corner: More on Lyme disease

As we discussed last week, Lyme disease, caused by a bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, remains the most common vector-borne disease in the United States.  Lyme disease was first described in 1977 as “Lyme arthritis” in studies of a cluster in Connecticut of children who were thought to have juvenile rheumatoid...

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