SHOULD I ASK MY DOCTOR FOR AN ANTIBIOTIC FOR AN UPPER RESPIRATORY ILLNESS?
By Dr. Pellegrini
The vast majority of upper respiratory illnesses are “colds” which are viral infections that are self-limiting. Antibiotics do not treat viral infections. However, doctors still sometimes prescribe antibiotics for upper respiratory viral infections. There are several reasons for this. One: it can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between a viral infection and a bacterial infection. A clinician will ask several questions about how the patient feels and then may add on some lab work or x-rays in order to differentiate between a viral and a bacterial infection. If there is still uncertainty and the patient has been ill for longer than expected, a clinician may try an antibiotic to see if it helps (if it does, then it was a bacterial infection). Second: sometimes a viral infection can cause enough immune weakening that a secondary bacterial infection then occurs. In that case an antibiotic will help. Third: a patient may request an antibiotic and the clinician is too busy to argue. This last point is important. A recent JAMA (1) article was a study of healthcare professionals and their tendency to prescribe antibiotics increased as the day went on. The theory is that they had the time and energy in the morning to have a detailed discussion with the patient about why an antibiotic was not needed but then had less time/energy as the day progressed. Doctors know that patients rarely get upset if an antibiotic is prescribed but they sometimes do get upset when one is not given. The problem is that antibiotics can cause problems such as rashes, diarrhea, resistance, nausea, etc. Therefore, it is best if the patient does not go to the doctor to get antibiotics but rather go to the doctor to see if anything else needs to be done. I would offer this same advice for sinusitis, ear infections, and “flu” symptoms. The best thing a patient can do is be very detailed about the symptoms and timing and other questions that the doctor will ask.
Marion Syversen was on the Noon Show for this week’s Finance is Fun to give tips for tackling your debt before the holiday season begins.
There is no ideal time to get a grip on your finances, though there will be a wonderful freedom when it is tackled. It seems that there is always some need, some reason to keep going in the using credit direction. But if you are fed up, if you committed, NOW is a great time to turn a new leaf.
Cyndi Graves the performance director for Sesame Street Live along with Elmo and Cookie Monster dropped by the station for a visit recent to tell us about the upcoming Sesame Street Live show “Let’s Dance” that is coming to the Cross Insurance Center.
Kristin Harmon was in the studio again for this week’s Pet of the Week and tried something new this week. She introduced Joy to Glacier, a young sweet small white rabbit. He is one years old, and has already been neutered. Kristin says Glacier loves to be held and thinks he would do great with kids!
Do you think hayrides in Maine should go through state safety inspections?
No 56% (196 VOTES)
Yes 44% (155 VOTES)
TOTAL: 351 VOTES
On Monday’s I Love My Pet, we met Sofie.
She belongs to Skot and Brianna of Madison.
Sofie is three years old.
She’s special because she loves to cuddle all the time.
Senior Advocate Carol Higgins Taylor was in for this week’s Senior Watch, giving advice to seniors about fire prevention.
Russ Van Arsdale was in the studio Monday for this week’s Consumer Contact, speaking to Joy about choosing a rental property, and things to look for to make sure you aren’t being scammed.
Do you think paper-making in Maine is a doomed industry?
YES 77% (571 VOTES)
NO 23% (170 VOTES)
TOTAL: 741 VOTES
Have you left the movie theater feeling disappointed…. Or found yourself scrolling aimlessly through Redbox and Netflix titles?
Well, TV5 Photographer and film-junkie, Brandon Doyen is here– and will be here every Sunday for the latest on what to catch on the big screen.
Josiah Hartley from Bangor’s LA Training was back in the studio Friday for this week’s Fitness Friday. This time, he was showing Joy and Wayne how to climb mountains indoors with the “mountain climbers” exercise.
Gretchen Schaefer and Jenny Stahl, organizers of the EdcampBangor event were in the studio Thursday to talk with Joy about their upcoming event. EdcampBangor is a clinic designed to give teachers insight into different teaching techniques. The event is free to participate and lunch is provided, and the first 100 participants to register will be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card.
Mary Lavanway from Hannaford show us how to make a beet and spinach salad with lemon dressing.
Beet and Spinach Salad with Lemon Dressing
1 lb. cooked beets, rinsed and trimmed, OR 1 (15 oz.) can Hannaford Sliced Beets
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 bag Fresh Express® Baby Spinach or 50/50 Mix®
1 (8 oz.) log goat cheese, small chunks
1/3 cup Hannaford Chopped Walnuts, toasted optional
1/2 cup fresh strawberries, nectarine or peach slices, optional
Lemon Vinaigrette (recipe follows)
Combine ingredients in a large salad bowl. Add dressing and gently toss.
Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Sara Brand-New and Jillian Liversidge organizers of KnitMaine-ia were on the noon show to tell us about their upcoming fashion show.
The fashion show will be on Saturday, October 11th at 2pm at The Boathouse in Belfast.
Lee White from Eastern Area Agency on Aging came in Wednesday for this week’s Senior Spotlight, to talk to Wayne about Medicare part D, the prescription drug plan for Medicare beneficiaries. Open enrollment is Oct 15 to Dec. 7. Last year, EAAA’s team saved people about $200,000 on their medications.
National Depression Screening Day – Thursday, October 9, 2014
Dr. David Prescott – Acadia Hospital
Why Should I take the Depression Screening? Major Depression is more than just feeling upset or down for a brief period of time. Depression is a significant health problem that affects 1 in 10 people in the United States at any given moment in time. Worldwide, depression is predicted to become the second leading contributor to the global burden of disease by 2020.