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April 4, 2013

Heavy allergy season expected

Staff reports
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — As Western New Yorkers eagerly await the arrival of warm weather, the seasonal itchy eyes and runny noses may not be far behind. 

With the onset of allergy season, 11 Rite Aid pharmacy locations in the region will be offering a solution to those problems.  

Rite Aid will be holding clinical allergy screenings at two stores in the Tonawandas on both sides of the Erie Canal following the announcement by at least one university that 2013 could be a record-setting allergy season. 

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, this spring could be one of the worst allergy seasons ever due to a variety of factors including the mild winter temperatures, high precipitation rates and a carbon dioxide-driven spike in pollen production.

“The best way to keep allergies from spoiling the spring is to begin treating seasonal symptoms about two weeks prior to their onset,” said Robert I. Thompson, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. “That’s why now is the perfect time to let customers know about Rite Aid’s full array of allergy support including personalized pharmacist counseling, allergy management tips in stores and online, plus free clinical screenings to detect personal allergy triggers.”

While many allergies have their root in the great outdoors, plenty of others stem from pets, mold and other threats much closer to home. Rite Aid stores will also providing free copies of the “Happy Home Guide” pamphlet, which explains the body’s basic allergic reaction process and then offer tips and hints to identifying allergens within the home.