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Old 16th December 2017, 12:16 PM
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We have been in phils now for more than 5 months and I have had a head/chest cold for half that time. Got rid of it and came back a week ago. You are right over counter medication useless as tits on a bull.
I took those 'bio flu' tablets only marginally better than nothing. There is a herbal cough medicine if you have a cough,Ascof forte, aka Lagundi leaf, it has helped me somewhat in easing the coughing.
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I went through the same thing when I first arrived here about five years ago, and after a little trial and error I was eventually able to pinpoint the things which kept making me sick over and over.

If you have a maid or someone else washing your dishes for you, make sure that they stick the sponge in the microwave every once in a while to kill organisms that are growing within sponge. I didn't realize it at first, but the young girl who was washing our dishes used to just put the sponge into a dish full of stagnant dirty water and leave it there until next time she needed to use it. Once I realized what was going on, I got rid of the dish, and now the sponge is stored on the dish rack where it can air dry. Also, as I said, put it in the microwave at least once a day to kill any bacteria growing in it.

Never use tap water to rinse out your tooth brush. I know it's a real pain in the arse, but use bottled water, or purified water to clean your tooth brush. Not only is the water from the faucet not good enough to drink, but it is also not even good enough to clean your tooth brush. I also clean my tooth brush about every four or five days in boiling water from our coffee maker to keep it clean.

If you're eating in a restaurant such as Jollibee, be careful about using their silverware. Most places are independent franchises, and the business owner probably doesn't want to spend money heating water to wash dishes properly. Add to that the lackadaisical attitude that many employees have towards their jobs over here, and you are almost guaranteed to get some silverware that was barely cleaned from the last customer that used it. (This can be very dangerous) If you're going to eat in a place that doesn't use throw away plastic utensils, then the best thing to do is to carry a small bottle of 70% alcohol with you, and to use it to clean the silverware before you use it to eat.

Also, be careful when riding the public jeepney or public bus. The locals don't like to stay home when they are sick, and for some reason they love to go out and get other people sick. If you're sitting on a bus and a jeepney and you see someone that looks sick, chances are that they are very very sick, and if you breath the same air as them, you will start getting sick within the next 12 - 24 hours. If you see someone who is sick, get away from them even if it means getting off the bus early. I actually got my last flu from a woman who was working at a nearby local hardware store. I was leaning over the counter as she was filling out my paperwork, and then when it came time for me to pay, I realized that she was deathly ill, but by that time it was too late, I'd already been flirting / talking with her for a good 5 - 10 minutes. Watch out for sick people, and try to avoid them in public.

Well, since I've started sticking to these rules I'm usually healthy about 95% of the time, but before I started doing so i was constantly sick, and couldn't figure out why.
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Thanks for the great information, everyone. It's been raining pretty hard over here for the past few days, and my Internet and landline have been going in and out intermittently. Yesterday my wife and I were looking at things in the local 88 Peso Store (similar to 99 cent store in US) and I found a box of medicine labeled "Night time Gelcap - Night time Cold/Flu Relief". I picked up a box of eight gel caps, and put it on the shelf in the kitchen in case of emergency.

Hopefully I won't get that sick again for a long time.
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hey gary d

is the mall of asia in different parts of philippines. never saw it before. i will be near Davao.

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is the mall of asia in different parts of philippines. never saw it before. i will be near Davao.

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The Mall of Asia is in Manila not far from the airport.

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S&R has the American NyQuil that lets me sleep soundly even when I was at sea in bad weather! There also is 2 versions of sleep / pain medicine one based on Tylenol and the other Advil. If they are here at all they will be in S&R. Do you have a S&R close to you? If not PM me and I can post what you want off to you.
There is a new S&R Store that opened up in November 2017 near Angeles City. It is located on the road from the Dau Bus Terminal (near MacArthur Hwy) to the NLEX.

The S&R in San Fernando right off of the NLEX is a little larger and has more parking spaces than the one in Dau.
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Ask for maximum strength Mucobron Forte Capsule. Strong & works fast. No prescription needed.
https://www.tabletwise.com/philippin...-forte-capsule
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Hey mogo51

I thought most people realized that over the counter cold medicine does nothing to cure the cold or flu. the only thing the medicine does is make a person feel a little better. Yet people spend billions of dollars on that cr*p. all doctors will tell you over the counter medications do not work.

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Naturally, nothing is going to get rid of a cold or the flu but there is nothing that says you have to really suffer either.
Bioflu tablets work for both and are even good for the occasional headache. Over the counter and only about P12 each.
Best thing is prevention with the flu GET A FLU SHOT every year. Not a 100% guarantee but the odd are in your favor if you get the vaccine.

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Best thing is prevention with the flu GET A FLU SHOT every year. Not a 100% guarantee but the odd are in your favor if you get the vaccine.
When are these available and where can you get them? Cost?

I had read that flu season locally started in February.

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When are these available and where can you get them? Cost?

I had read that flu season locally started in February.
We usually get our vaccines (at Mercury Drug with a prescription) in October each year. If a doctor administers it for you the cost is usually about P1,400 or $28us dollars. My daughter and I administer the injection to each other so we pay just P500 or $10us dollars each.

Just visit your doctor and ask about or for it. They might still have vaccine left that is still good. You can safely take flu vaccine twice per year if you want to.

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