Clio wrote:I guess you've not been in a lot of other pharmacies, Warwick, because they all stock Vicks!...
I mostly use the one pharmacy, Clio. Once a month I go in, get my prescription and leave. I don't browse the shelves in any shop and certainly not in pharmacies so I have no idea what else they sell. If I need anything outside my prescription I simply ask for it. I figure they know where it is without me wandering round looking. If it isn't something I have asked for I have no idea if they sell it and I have certainly never asked for Vicks. I only ever use medication for the purpose for which it was designed and as far as I am aware Vicks VaporRub was designed to ease cold symptoms. I have had a fungal nail infection and, surprisingly enough, it was cured with medication designed to kill fungal nail infections. I use Deet based lotions to repel mosquitoes. Possibly the only useful product to come out of the billions spent on research by the US military.
In my opinion the only "reliable" cure for a cold is two paracetamol every 4 to 6 hours, half a bottle of dark rum, preferably Woods, consumed in hot drinks over a couple of days and lots of blankets. Like every other remedy it has absolutely no effect whatsoever on the cold but I am certain that my remedy makes me feel a lot better than would smearing smelly gunk round my nose and top lip. As a doctor friend once told me, if you do nothing a cold will last two weeks but if you treat it it will be gone in a fortnight. Those who rush for antibiotics every time they sneeze could learn a lot from that philosophy.
PS I agree about the DM.