These days I get nervous when I watch TV and at each commercial break as there would be at least one advertisement promoting a cough syrup or something for il rafreddore (the flu)
That means that the sick season is here! Similar to the influx of deodorant commercials when Summer is approaching. After my experience with a long and severe cough bout last year, I’m a little paranoid about getting this seasonal sickness. I really don’t want to get ill, so I avoid people with the sniffles as soon as I see them!
I’m no doctor but I feel that prevention is always better than cure. So it’s good to take some steps to boost the immune system with a dose of multivitamins and drink loads of hot tea with honey when the throat starts to feel dry.
And to also nip the issue in the bud before the sickness gets stronger. Like not overworking the body when you feel lethargic, and self medicating with OTC medicine when you know you’re not feeling in tip top shape.
Just a teeny tiny issue. OTC medicines are so expensive!
Lets take for example, this popular brand of soluble aspirin that you take for when you feel feverish. This costs about 6 euro.
While this below is a pack of medicated sweets for when you have a sore throat or cough. 7 euro. You could get an entire round pizza for the same price.
I know I said that I don’t want to complain too much about money but these are shockingly expensive. I don’t think the same thing is that expensive outside of Italy as I don’t remember having to pay more than 3 SGD for a pack of paracetamol or more than 5 SGD for a bottle of cough syrup.
One could justify that we could get a non-branded one. But believe me, there isn’t that much difference.
The moral of the story is … Just don’t get sick.