UC Pharmacy, helping you prepare for your holiday

The University Pharmacy in the Undercroft will be closed for Easter from Friday 30 March to Tuesday 3 of April.

We will be open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm for the mid-semester break.

Have a safe break.

If you are looking to get out of town to see this fantastic country this Easter you won’t be disappointed. With stunning scenery around every corner and more activities than you could ever have time for you will have a great time.

To ensure you get to enjoy your time away to its fullest we have a few tips below. As always you are most welcome to come into the UniPharmacy and discuss any questions you may have regarding your medication and travel health.

If you suffer from motion sickness from travelling on a boat, in a car or on a plane you might want to consider taking something to reduce the chance of it happening and ruining your trip.

To prevent motion sickness there are a range of options from more natural ginger tablets, seabands (an acupressure band you wear on your wrist) to avomine/sealegs a drowsy antihistamine. To decide which is best for you consider what other medications you are on, how badly you get affected by motion sickness and the activity you are doing. You need to be particularly careful with the avomine and sealegs if you are driving as they can make some people sleepy.

Although you are highly unlikely to come across anything venomous in New Zealand there is a high chance you will come across biting insects (if you are going to the west coast sand flies are a certainty). The bite of sand flies or mosquitoes can be extremely itchy, can cause swelling and become red and hot. To reduce the chance of infection it is best not to scratch (easier said than done) and to help with this you can take antihistamine tablets and apply antihistamine or anti itch creams.

Prevention is better than treating bites so take steps to avoid being bitten. Long sleeve shirts and long trousers are ideal and insect repellent on any exposed skin is recommended. Insect repellents come in varying strengths and with a variety of ingredients, it is important not to apply them to your eye area.

Although the summer is drawing to a close we always need to be mindful that the New Zealand sun can be very strong, it can cause sunburn in minutes. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes, a hat to protect your head and face, and a long sleeve shirt will help to reduce your sun exposure. Regularly apply sunscreen to any exposed skin and don’t forget a sunscreen lip balm especially if you are on the water or suffer from coldsores.

If you do get sunburnt apply an anti-burn gel or moisturiser, take paracetamol for the pain, drinking plenty of water and avoid further sun exposure.

It is worth taking a small holiday first aid kit with you too.

Depending on your destination, and your personal needs, you may need all, or some, of the following for your first aid kit:

  • Antihistamines – tablets and/or cream
  • Pain relief
  • Anti-diarrhoeals and anti-nausea medicines
  • Oral rehydration sachets
  • Travel sickness medicine
  • Cold/flu medication
  • Antacids
  • Antiseptic wipes, bandages, plasters
  • Handwash sanitising lotion
  • Sunscreen and sunburn treatment

Enjoy your holiday,

UC Pharmacy team

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