Pharmacist or Nurse For Recommending Treatments on Skin Issues

June 28, 2018

This popped up in my head the other night, is the pharmacist or the doctor more accurate when it comes to recommending treatments for your skincare issues? Seriously think about. You have the pharmacist who went to school to study specifically medicine and how it works in or on the body, but then there is the doctor who went to school to study the human body, how it works and how it responds to medicine and manipulations.  I'll use myself as example on who can accurately diagnose and recommend the best products for your skincare issues? 

Severe Allergic Reaction On Face
Last week while I was on vacation in Denver, Colorado I suffered a horrible allergic reaction on my face and part of my neck that I am pretty pissed about it. It all happened on my first day of vacation which was last week Tuesday hours after completing a hot yoga class at Yoga Pod. A couple hours after I left the yoga studio my face started tingling and I could feel bumps start to form. When I took a shower later that night I looked in the mirror and saw how my skin was changing. The next morning when I woke up I felt both sides of my face then looked in the mirror to see that my face and part of my neck had completely broken out in what looked like pimples. Pimples! WTF!

They were not pimples though. It was itchy and the skin was sensitive and all I thought was, WTF! Is this what I get for having good skin for almost 20 years? Tears :-( I mean I had a great yoga session and all. I sweated like I was l was a leaking faucet but was it that rented towel, yoga mat or either that cold towel with peppermint oil the instructor placed on my neck and part of my neck that fuc*ed me up?

Fast forward to this week Monday morning, both sides of my face chin were completely broken out in smaller bumps. By late afternoon my cheeks turned bright red and was highly irritating. After 4pm it got worse and by 9pm I debated going to go the ER or to Walgreen's to see if the pharmacist could help me. At 9:45pm I arrived at Walgreen's and had a consultation with the pharmacist.

Pharmacist Consultation
Arriving close to closing time I scurried through the aisles of Walgreen's seeking Benadryl and aloe gel then straight back towards the pharmacy. Noticing that the pharmacist was busy, I politely excused myself for interrupting her, asked her to take a look at my face and to please recommend products or some type of medicine to clear up this awfulness. She looked at my skin, asked me what happened and stated that indeed it was an allergic reaction. She recommended that I try the non-drowsy formula for Benadryl tablets or Claritin tablets (which doesn't work for me) as well as a face moisturizer by either Neutrogena or Aveeno with a SPF of 30 or more to protect my face. 
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The pharmacist said that it would take about a week to clear up. Purchasing exactly what she recommended I left the store without a bill from the pharmacist but a $27 receipt for aloe gel, Aveeno skin moisturizer and a 24 pack of Benadryl. But guess what happened the next morning? More inflammation which lead me to Urgent Care to see a doctor but I ended up seeing the Nurse Practitioner.

Nurse Practitioner Consultation
Tuesday morning my skin face felt like it was on fire and my emotions were heightened. Seriously. Is this what I get for using other people's skin issues as content ideas so I could encourage them (and myself) to do better with skincare regimens? The wild thoughts that go through your head when a shallow tragedy like this happens. My face and part of my neck had developed even more bumps and my cheeks were painful to the touch and felt hot. Washing my face was so painful that morning and I had no other choice but to go to Urgent Care. Arriving at Urgent Care an hour after I was supposed to be to work, the Nurse Practitioner entered the room and told me that indeed it was an allergic reaction. 
benadryl stop itching cream

She recommended that I use the Benadryl stop itching cream, continue with the Benadryl tablets, she prescribed a 2.5% hydrocortisone cream and Zyrtec (which I did not purchase). The Nurse Practitioner said it would take 2-3 weeks for it to clear up. I left the clinic with a $252 bill as well as a receipts totaling $17 for the hydrocortisone cream and the Benadryl stop itching cream. Why did I even go to Urgent Care only to receive duplicate information and now a big bill to pay off?

Now that it is Thursday and the inflammation on my cheeks have calmed down a bit the bumps are still present. This experience makes me wonder, why go to a doctor or see a nurse when the pharmacist recommended the same types of products and medicine for my skin issues? Silly me. Now you know that both can diagnosis and recommend treatments for skincare issues but the pharmacist will not leave you with a $252 bill.

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