Dec 19, 2006
For some reason, some people in this world think they can't survive the common cold. They think antibiotics are a necessity. After working in the medical field for three years, I have come to know many cliche statements from my patients, including the following:
1) I know my body, and I need an antibiotic.
2) It moved down to my chest.
3) This IS a fever for me because I usually run 96 degrees.
I am extra sensitive to this right now because I, myself, am currently afflicted with the adenovirus. For all those who care in the world I want to share the common progression of symptoms. First - achey and sore throat. This lasts approximately 2-3 days. Congestion then sets in, many times with sinus pressure. This is a miserable time for any, but that doesn't mean it's bacterial...even if the drainage is green-brown-any color under the rainbow my patients try to proclaim. The congestion lasts about 4-6 days. The cough will make its approach during the congestion. This is the time when everyone tells me "it moved to my chest." Well, yes it did. That's the last place the symptoms show up and the cough may last two weeks. So unless they are coughing up copious phlegm through the day, congestion lasts and lasts, or a fever about 100 F is noted - I'm not usually recommending antibiotics.
I try to share this with my patients and remind them that the body is equipped to fight many bacterial infections. They don't seem to care. They say "So I wasted my time coming in today." No that's not exactly what I was trying to convey.
Sorry for this rant - but it's just that time of the year and I'm getting a lot of this.