The cottonwood is blowing through our neighbourhood. The fluffy little seeds are gathering at the curb side like snow drifts and, after the winter we just had, I don’t need that visual again.

While the blowing seeds, buzzing bees, and exploding blooms triumphantly announce spring has arrived in Canada – and is blasting right into summer – so to comes allergy season. Those little cottonwood seeds, pollen pods and other allergens are floating along the breeze and not everyone is happy about it.

About 1/4 of Canadians are affected by allergic rhinits (seasonal allergies) and, depending on what you’re allergic to, the symptoms can start in early spring and last right through to the first frost of fall.


A changing climate is also affecting allergy season by making it longer. Aerobiology Research has produced data showing birch pollen season in Toronto is 60 days longer than 2006, Montreal’s pine pollen season is 36 days longer, while grass pollen season in New Brunswick is 24 days longer, and cedar pollen season in Saskatchewan has been stretched by 81 extra days.

That’s a long time to be fighting allergy symptoms. But which medication is best?

Aisle anxiety is real. Different symptoms can require different medications to bring relief, but with an aisle of options, confusion can set in.


Consulting your pharmacist is the first-line of defense against allergies. They can help you determine what is causing your allergies, they can assess your symptoms, and recommend the most appropriate treatment. They may start by recommending over-the-counter medications or, if appropriate, your pharmacist can write a prescription for medication (in all provinces of Canada outside BC and Ontario).

You don’t need to live with allergies – you can blast back the symptoms with some help from a Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist. Simply submit a question you’d like me to ask a pharmacist and you’ll be entered to win a $150 Shoppers Drug Mart gift card to get the meds that are right for you and the allergy medications you need to celebrate summer.

Check out the details below:


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and conditions: Draw open to residents of Canada outside Quebec only. 1 winner will be chosen at random from all entries to win a $150 gift card for Shoppers Drug Mart. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Do not use contest-only social media accounts. Genuine entries with legitimate questions only will be considered valid. A selection of questions will be used in a subsequent post featuring a Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist. 

This post is sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart

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