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Re: Another OT

Dear Marge Nightengale,
Bless you, you are a dear.  The allegra I believe was prescribed because I
told him that on Friday I felt what seemed to be allergy symptoms and that
usually taking something otc immediately takes care of it, but didn't.  So
he thinks an allergy triggered the sinusitus and I should take preventive
measures for future.

You mentioned codeine.  Growing up that was my mother's answer for our
colds - turpen hydrate w/ codeine.  I think most of our colds (read
bronchitis) were triggered by a houseful of cigarette smoke.  The nice thing
about thw/c was that it tasted so bad you didn't want to stay sick very long
and the codeine let you sleep.  Unfortunately you can;'t get this anymore.

To be honest here, I haven't filled any of the scrips yet.  I've been using
cough drops, Tavist-d and contac and am already starting to feel better - I
think because I got on it right away last Friday.  I'm still a bit congested
but not too bad.  I do not like to take a lot of medicine and fortunately I
don't get sick often.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 1:15 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Another OT

> > From: Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> > Of course I can't read the writing, but from what I can recall, one
> is an
> > inhaler, one is for eye drops (the antibiotic somehow goes from
> your eyes
> > down into your sinuses).  another is a cough syrup, then the chest
> x-ray,
> > another for allegra. That leaves two I'm not sure about.
> ----------
> Well, Kitty, unless you have an active sinus *infection*, the
> antibiotic ain't gonna do you any good - they are totally ineffectual
> against any type of virus.  The common cold is a virus.  If you do
> have a sinus infection, antibiotics are the only way to really get
> rid of one....been there many times; done that.  If you have an
> infection, you will know it - gross, but you'll have green and bloody
> discharge going and a fair amount of pain around your eyes where the
> sinus are located.  Like it will be sore to the touch as well as your
> having a headache and you will likely be running a low grade fever as
> well from it. Sinus infections are a bear in more ways than one.
> Cough syrup I can understand - does it contain codeine (sp?) or some
> other item that you can't get over the counter?
> The inhaler is probably to unclog you.  If that works for you, go for
> it.
> I thought allegra was for allergies?  If you have the common cold,
> then I can't see what that would do for you; but don't really know
> what it contains or is supposed to do.  Could just be something that
> dries you out a  bit.  I use Sudafed or Actifed for that - maybe
> allegra does the same thing?
> Chest X-ray may be on account of his wanting to rule out bronchitis
> or merely to protect himself so that he was seen to have done
> everything possible in case you sue him:-)
> What you could do is go to your local pharmacist and have them
> interpret the prescriptions and tell you exactly what each is
> supposed to do; they are supposed to be able to do that for people.
> Then, when you have the spelling correct for each one, you can plug
> it into Google and find out what kind of reactions you might get from
> taking it and all sorts of other info.
> Personally, I wouldn't just blindly take what is prescribed anymore.
> Used to, but have learned the hard way that today's doctors seem to
> be prescription happy and do not always take into consideration just
> what those meds will do to a person beyond their advertised purpose.
> I know it's hard to concentrate on all this with a bad cold going.
> What you probably really need is at least one solid day in bed with
> cups of hot tea with lemon and honey and bowls of nice chicken soup
> with a good book to read and doze over - nice heating pad on your
> tootsies...all mod cons:-)  Truly, one of the best cures for a cold
> is chugging as much liquid as you can hold - the more you drink; the
> more you go and that removes the virus from your system...that plus
> washing your hands *very* often with hot water and soap and trying
> not to rub your hands on your face which just keeps the virus going
> back and forth.
> Hope you start feeling better soon!  I seldom get colds, but when I
> do, they're doozies and you have my full sympathy for feeling
> miserable - not fun at all!
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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