Minor Ailments

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In Ontario local pharmacists can assess and prescribe medication for minor conditions, such as pink eye, eczema, and urinary tract infections. These minor ailments are common, uncomplicated, and short-term health conditions that can be diagnosed and managed with minimal treatment and self-care at home.

Acid Reflux (GERD)

You may experience some of the symptoms below:

  • Burping / stomach acid rise from the stomach into the mouth
  • Burning feeling in the stomach or lower chest rising to the neck
  • Trouble getting a good night’s sleep because of heartburn
  • Pain in the middle of the upper stomach area
  • Nausea

Acne

You may experience some of the symptoms below:

  • Blackheads: Open pores clogged with oil and dead skin, appearing as small dark spots.
  • Whiteheads: Closed clogged pores, forming small, flesh-colored bumps.
  • Papules: Small, tender red or pink bumps.
  • Pustules: Papules with pus at the top, often red at the base.

Allergies

You may experience some of the symptoms below:

  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy nose or runny nose
  • Itchy nose, eye, or throat
  • Typically, more than 7 days of continuous symptoms

Canker Sores

You may experience some of the symptoms below:

  • Small Ulcer: A round or oval lesion with a white or yellow centre and red border.
  • Pain: Noticeable discomfort, especially when eating or speaking.
  • Burning Sensation: A tingling or burning feeling before the sore appears.
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes: Possible swelling in the neck or jaw area.

Dermatitis

Atopic, Eczema

You may experience some of the symptoms below:

  • Dry, red, and itchy skin
  • Cracked and oozed blisters
  • Darker or lighter patches of skin
  • Scaly and patchy skin

Diaper Rash

You may experience some of the symptoms below:

  • Skin Redness: Bright red, irritated skin in the diaper area.
  • Swelling: Mild swelling or puffiness of the skin.
  • Warmth: The affected area may feel warm to the touch.
  • Tenderness: The baby may show discomfort or cry when the diaper area is touched or cleaned.

Cold Sores

You may experience some of the symptoms below:

  • Rash or bump around border of the lip
  • Presence of clear, sticky fluid around the rash
  • Itching, tingling, or burning may lead to the rash
  • Redness or inflamed skin around the rash

Hemorrhoids

You may experience some of the symptoms below:

  • Itching, burning or swollen (with or without pain) around the anal / rectum area
  • Bright red blood during / after bowel movement
  • Constipation and difficulty in having a bowel movement
  • Presence of a lump in the anal / rectum area

COVID-19 (PAXLOVID)

To obtain a Paxlovid prescription, please review the steps below:

  • You must have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Determine your eligibility to receive a Paxlovid prescription. Please visit the government of Ontario website HERE for eligibility details.
  • Book a virtual appointment or a phone consultation to get assessed by a Pharmacist and receive a prescription for Paxlovid.
  • Your Pharmacy team will coordinate with you how to receive the prescription.

Impetigo

You may experience some of the symptoms below:

  • Bump that changes into a blister surrounded by rash
  • Yellow discharge that dries to form a “golden” or “honey-colored” crust
  • Can affect face, arms or legs

Insect Bites (Hives)

You may experience some of the symptoms below:

  • Small bump or blister. May feel pain, itching, redness or swelling.
  • Feeling of a sharp burning pain which can sting

Menstrual Cramps

You may experience some of the symptoms below:

  • Pain and cramps in the lower abdominal area
  • Pain in the lower back and starting a few hours before onset of a period
  • Pain can last a few hours to days

Muscle Aches & Pains

(Sprains and Strains)

You may experience some of the symptoms below:

  • Pain, swelling or tenderness (light to medium)
  • Redness or bruising
  • Limited motion and muscle weakness
  • Injury is associated with overworking or muscle / joint injured

Nausea & Vomiting During Pregnancy

You may experience some of the symptoms below:

  • Nausea: A feeling of unease and discomfort in the stomach with an urge to vomit.
  • Vomiting: The act of expelling stomach contents through the mouth.
  • Increased Salivation: Excessive production of saliva, sometimes triggered by nausea.
  • Gastrointestinal Discomfort: General discomfort in the stomach area.

Oral Thrush

You may experience some of the symptoms below:

  • White or creamy-white spots / patches on the lips, inside of mouth, tongue and / or the roof of the mouth
  • Cottage cheese-like appearance
  • Patches can be scraped off
  • Dry mouth and / or loss of taste

Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

You may experience some of the symptoms below:

  • Eye redness and difficulty opening eyes in the morning
  • Appearance of sticky or watery fluids from the eye
  • Mild scratching, itching, or burning sensation
  • Bright lights hurt your eyes

Pinworms and Threadworms

You may experience some of the symptoms below:

  • Itching: Intense itching around the anus or vagina, usually worse at night.
  • Restless Sleep: Discomfort from itching can lead to difficulty sleeping or restlessness.
  • Visible Worms: Small, white, thread-like worms in stools or on the skin around the anus.
  • Abdominal Pain: Mild pain or discomfort in the stomach area.

Tick Bites

(Prevention of Lyme Disease)

You may experience some of the symptoms below:

  • Tick bite by black-legged tick
  • A red lump present, but swelling, blistering, bruising, itching or other infections may develop
  • Mild allergic reaction (hives, rash, and light swelling at the bite site)

UTI (Urinary Tract Infection)

NOTE: Pharmacists can only assess and prescribe for Females.

You may experience some of the symptoms below:

  • Frequent urination, pain while urinating and difficulty holding in urine
  • Pain in lower abdomen and a small amount of blood in the urine
  • Absence of vaginal discharge
  • Cloudy or foul-smelling urine

Yeast Infections

You may experience some of the symptoms below:

  • Itching and Irritation: Intense itching and irritation in the vaginal area.
  • Redness and Swelling: Noticeable redness and swelling of the vulva.
  • Vaginal Discharge: A white, clumpy discharge that resembles cottage cheese.
  • Burning Sensation: A burning feeling, particularly during urination.
  • Soreness: General soreness or pain in the vaginal area.