Health Watch

NOTE: ALTHOUGH MOST MEDICATION REFERRED TO HERE IS AVAILABLE OVER THE COUNTER AND WITHOUT A PRESCRIPTION, PLEASE GET AN OKAY FROM A DOCTOR BEFORE TRYING ANY OF THE MENTIONED TREATMENTS!

Islamabad and its inhabitants are suffering these days from an influx of a severe viral wave of chest and flu infections that resemble pneumonia. Congestion of the sinuses, coughing and severe temperatures are accompanied by rapid and heavy sneezing that can lead to some breathing difficulty and chest and muscular pain.

For most chest infections Doctors are prescribing antibiotics, Klaricid (250mg, 500mg), or Augmentin for a duration of at least 5 days, depending on how stubborn the patient has been in taking medication. An assortment of cough syrups are also available over the counters from most pharmacies, such as Hydrillin, Triaminic and Benadryl, differing in potency and laxative (the element that causes drowsiness).

In addition, various ‘desi’ remedies like green tea served with honey and lemon, broth (yakhni), ‘joshanda and a herbal concoction prepared by boiling ginger and “ajwain” (Sorry, I don’t know the English for it) and straining the concentrate before drinking it are also being used by people. Some people also recommend taking steam with a teaspoon of a balm or a rub (like Vicks Vaporub) to help ease breathing and clear the sinuses.

However, what needs to be remembered is this virus has a two-week incubation period which basically means that if you do not take rest and medication as well as the cautions of keeping warm, keeping the head and chest wrapped up and ensuring that you do not swing in and out of different temperatuire environments; and getting plenty of fluids into your system, you may suffer a relapse that could be more intense and uncomfortable.

So, have a care fellow Isloo-ites. Take care when going about your daily routine and in case you have fallen ill, make sure you go to a doctor before the ailment gets worse.

3 Comments so far

  1. Phil (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 1:16 am

    Very informative, man! Thanks for the medicine names.


  2. A for Apple (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 2:55 am

    Ginger Tea is helpful too for cough and all that … Nice medical overhauling :>


  3. Phil (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 1:04 pm

    Ooooo shiii… I am already high on Triaminic… LOL, just kidding. :D



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