DOH reminds public: Don't self-medicate if not feeling well

December 17, 2015 7:24 am 

MANILA, Dec. 16 — The Department of Health (DOH) has reminded the public not to self-medicate if not feeling well or get wounded, particularly in dirty floodwaters during typhoons or heavy rains.

According to DOH spokesperson Dr. Lyndon Lee-Suy, if there are people exposed to the rainy and stormy weather or soaked in floodwaters and are not feeling well, they should never make instant remedy by taking medicines not prescribed by doctors.

"Like we are always saying, the best thing to do is to seek consultation with a physician whenever they suspect that something is wrong with their health condition," Dr. Lee-Suy said.

He stressed that taking medicine not prescribed by a doctor may possibly result to adverse reactions because a medicine that works well for an individual may not necessarily be effective for others.

He further said that consultation is recommended so that other related conditions can also be checked before the necessary and proper medication is prescribed.

The DOH official also reminded that taking of antibiotics not prescribed by a physician is a "big no" because that can result to antibiotic resistance.

Certain illnesses can be experienced during bad weather condition such as fever, colds, and flu.

There are also ailments that are due to exposure to dirty floodwaters such as leptospirosis and different viral diseases present in the environment that can be transferred from one person to another. (PNA)

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