It’s that time of year again when you ask the age-old question… am I getting sick or is it just allergies?
Allergy symptoms can be very similar to those of a common cold, making it difficult to determine whether you’re coming down with an illness or experiencing allergies. Runny noses, itchy or watery eyes, sneezing, nasal congestion, and sinus pressure are just some of the symptoms of allergic rhinitis, commonly known as Hay Fever. During this time of year, the pollen from trees, grass, and ragweed can trigger Hay Fever as your body mistakenly identifies the pollen as a harmful substance. This triggers the release of antihistamines into your bloodstream, causing the reaction that leads to Hay Fever. For more severe reactions, your doctor may prescribe oral antihistamines or antihistamine nasal sprays. Alternatively, if you’re experiencing milder symptoms, your pharmacist may recommend over-the-counter antihistamines. However, these antihistamines can be expensive. That’s why Island Drug is here to help you feel your best during allergy season without breaking the bank.
Introducing our new allergy consultation service (part of our suite of clinical offerings), designed to save you a trip to the doctor’s office and provide you with fast relief at a lower cost compared to most over-the-counter allergy medications. After a consultation (covered by insurances Regence, Kaiser, United Health, First Choice, Premera, and more) with one of our pharmacists, you’ll receive a prescription (antihistamines/nasal steroids) that can be covered by insurance (way better to pay a generic copay than expensive Over-The-Counter prices) or a referral to the doctor of your choice if you have more severe symptoms. You can have your prescription filled at your favorite Island Drug location or sent to another pharmacy of your preference.
THESE CAN BE E-VISITS ANYWHERE IN WA, you do NOT have to be local to one of our locations
Scheduling an appointment is easy! Visit islanddrug.com/clinical to schedule your same-day appointment and log into your HealthFile profile for convenient online check-in 30 minutes before your appointment. New users will be prompted to create a profile after scheduling their appointment to access the online check-in process. During check-in, you’ll fill out a questionnaire that will assist our pharmacist during your consultation. Your appointment will provide you with a one-on-one experience to discuss your symptoms and determine the best medication for your needs. If your symptoms qualify for our service, you’ll be eligible to receive a prescription that can be filled at one of our Island Drug locations or sent to the pharmacy of your choice, covered by most insurances. If you don’t qualify, we’ll gladly refer you to the doctor of your choice for further care. For added convenience, we also offer E-visits if you can’t make it to one of our locations.
This allergy season, Island Drug is dedicated to helping you feel your best with appointments that fit your schedule and providing the right medications at a fraction of the cost.
Don’t suffer from allergies any longer! Schedule your appointment today and say goodbye to discomfort and hello to relief!