I have been coughing my lungs out since waking up this morning. My throat is itchy. One nostril is blocked, the other felt raw. I must have caught some nasty bug early last week because I already had symptoms of an impending sore throat then. I refuse to see a doctor for the simple reasons that I do not like the effects of codeine in cough mixtures and antihistamines, and the invariable antibiotics that they usually prescribe. I have to be especially careful with antibiotics because some can damage my kidneys further. Besides, the last urine culture and sensitivity (C & S) test showed that the bacterias in my have become antibiotic resistant. In order to counter bacterial infections, I need stronger than common antibiotics. Anyway the common flu is a viral infection and cannot be treated with antibiotics. What I usually do is get a lot of rest and drink a lot of water. This I am going do for this episode too. One consolation is that after recovering from this cold my body will have developed a resistance to this particlar virus. One down, a few hundred more to go.