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Although I would have predicted that your child would have been a little older.She is quite frequently ill, but usually it's limited to a runny nose.
Wash your hands frequently. Certainly before every meal, when using the restroom, and perhaps during any "break" at school.OK.
As far as antibiotic resistance, make sure you finish the full course of the medications. I'm not sure if the risk of developing resistance is in the individuals or the community. Resistance certainly is an issue, but use them if they are necessary. Perhaps only if you already have a bad bronchial or sinus infection, but not for "prevention".Yep, I always finish the course. And I definitely have the bacterial infection (thick green gloop that is both coughed up and from nose).
Could you please supply a little more background information.39 years old, male, and currently work in a school (have lived abroad in Brazil for 3 years, and done a variety of jobs both in offices and travelling around teaching languages).
Age, Sex, Occupation, Do you have children? Other medical conditions?
Make sure you take the flu vaccines EVERY YEAR as this seems to be a regular problem with you. Of course, the flu vaccines only cover a few strains of the flu, but it should help.Yes, I need to do this. The only cold/flu free period I had (for around 2 years) whether coincidental or not was when I was given a vaccine in Brazil - the doctor there gave me the vaccine immediately after I described the repeated colds/flus. She said it was a superior French vaccine (mentioned in my other post on this sub-forum).
Wash your hands regularly. Gloves?Certainly always after coming home from work and before cooking. I don't wear gloves.
Have you tried antivirals?No, the NHS have not suggested these (I'm in the UK).
They apparently do help reduce the duration of the symptoms somewhat.
You also didn't mention the use of:I have been using Lemsip, which is a brand here that contains both paracetamol and decongestants. I didn't notice any particular relief.
decongestants, expectorants, antihistamines. Talk to your doctor about what would help keep the nasal passages open.
Have you ever had lab tests to confirm the flu (Influenza A/B)?No, the NHS GP has not mentioned this.
Antibiotics are a tricky subject. If you truly have the flu, caused by a virus, an antibiotic will be ineffective. However, there is also risk of a secondary bacterial infection with sinusitis and bronchitis.The last cold/flu I had, around the 20th last month, seemed to have a secondary infection - lots of green phlegm in the sinuses. The GP prescribed antibiotics based on a phone call. This time around there is less green phlegm, and the GP has post-dated the prescription 3 days. He is worried that I will develop immunity to the antibiotic, or presumably the bacteria will.
There is also a surgery that can help with sinusitis in some patients. If sinusitis is a major debilitating portion of your illness, you may discuss the surgery with your physician.I've never had great breathing, that is I've always been a little congested in my nose, but it hasn't been suggested here to have an operation.