Rite Aid offers free allergy screenings and expert advice in April


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Vitals_AllergySeasonAccording to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, this spring could be one of the worst allergy seasons on record thanks to a host of factors, including the mild winter temperatures, high precipitation rates and a carbon-dioxide-driven spike in pollen production. We could use all the help we can get. It's a great time to take advantage of Rite Aid’s free clinical allergy screenings, pamphlets and expert advice from its pharmacists.

To encourage customers to get their personalized allergy profiles, Rite Aid will offer free FAST (Fluorescent Allergosorbent Test) screenings on April 6 at select locations, including Atlanta; Baltimore; Buffalo, N.Y; Harrisburg, Pa.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Pittsburgh. Screenings will be administered by nurses and test for sensitivity to many common allergens, including ragweed, grass, mold, wheat, mount cedar, dustmite, egg, milk and cats. Visit Riteaid.com/allergyscreening for more information.

Ward off allergies in the home

While many allergies have their root in the great outdoors, plenty of others stem from pets, mold and other threats much closer to home. With this in mind, Rite Aid is providing free copies of the "Happy Home Guide" pamphlet, which explains the body’s basic allergic reaction process and then offers tips and hints to identifying — and minimizing — allergens within the home.

You can also visit Riteaid.com/allergy for additional allergy resources, including information on different types of over-the-counter allergy products, free e-mail alerts on local pollen conditions and details on Rite Aid Allergy Rewards, which allows members of Rite Aid's free customer loyalty program Wellness+ to earn a $20 Rite Aid certificate for every $75 spent on Zyrtec and Benadryl products.

Community health events

Rite Aid's 800 Wellness stores will be holding community health events the week of April 14. Rite Aid pharmacists will address such topics as allergies, osteoporosis, men's health and infertility. Most events will be scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. on either April 17 or April 20. Wellness stores are Rite Aid's latest store design and feature increased staffing for customer service, an enhanced selection of wellness products and resources, and advanced clinical pharmacy services, including a private pharmacist consultation room at most locations.