Getting caught in the rain and falling ill? Let's not argue about that. In certain temperate countries where the weather can admittedly get really chilly - with the icy winds aiding and abetting, I won't argue about waifish, undernourished stick-thin debutantes catching their death in a brief shower but for a strapping gym-fit guy to get pneumonia from a quick 100-metre dash through the pouring rain in our country is just unheard of! Unless steroids play a part in those pretty muscles but let's not go there.
Giving the wonder drug!
Antibiotics and the common cold? Frequently, patients in the clinics come demanding immediate miracle cures during consultation and being denied their regular antibiotic fixes only makes them awfully cranky. Since I'm frequently an unwilling victim of those nasty colds, I can easily sympathize.
Seriously, a great number of colds are caused by viruses - mainly rhinoviruses and coronaviruses from what I can recall from ye old days of mugging with the dull Microbiology textbook. Therefore, most times antibiotics are not needed - unless there's a serious bacterial co-infection. Just remember antibiotics do not treat viral infections ( can just imagine the naughty viruses sitting at the sidelines giggling and pointing at the ineffectual antibiotics ), and thus are ineffective against the common cold.
Trust me. Antibiotics are not the magical cure-all panacea that they claimed it was decades back when they discovered it ( though that doesn't make it any less amazing! ) - which seems to be what most of the uninitiated are thinking even now. God has blessed us all ( despite Adam's seeming betrayal ) with a kick-ass immune system and it's more than sufficient to tide us over through the minor ailments. Even I with my inherently pathetic immune system don't resort to antibiotics till it gets really awful and I have to be forcibly strapped and pushed into the emergency department in a gurney.
There's more ( like hypertensive patients who go off meds claiming they have been miraculously cured by heaven's will ) but Charming Calvin's ringing the alarm about his blog template and I gotta go.
But hey, tell me, what else have you heard lately?