Living in Thailand, I believe that many people catch colds, even those who did not catch colds in Japan.
When I was living in Japan, I only caught a cold about once every two years. In Thailand, however, I often catch a cold at the change from the dry season to the rainy season, or after drinking alcoholic beverages day after day and damaging my throat.
The cause cannot be identified, but since the cold virus is different from that in Japan, they do not have the antibodies to it.
Inflammation caused by bacteria entering through a damaged throat, making it more receptive to viruses. Another possible reason is that air pollution is so bad that PM 2.5 has become a problem, and the air is dirty.
Antibiotics for tonsillitis
Since I can’t speak to anything medical, I would like to share with you the actual antibiotics I purchased for tonsillitis, which was common around me and others.
AMK (amoxicillin) 260 baht (910 yen)
A penicillin antibiotic, it exhibits bactericidal antibacterial activity by inhibiting bacterial cell wall synthesis. It is usually used to treat a wide range of infections, including respiratory tract infections, skin infections, otolaryngological infections, and urinary tract infections.
This was often seen on the Internet, so I purchased the designation at the pharmacy.
At the pharmacy counter, just present your photo and say “ao anni (please give me this)” and they will take it out from behind the counter.
Personally, this worked best for me.
Augmentin (amoxicillin) 460 baht (1,610 yen)
The ingredient here is also amoxicillin.
This is what I was offered at the pharmacy when I said, “I have a sore throat, give me an antibiotic. Not sure why the price is so high.
■norfloxacin (norfloxacin) 50 baht (175 yen)
It is a new quinolone antibacterial agent that exerts its antibacterial action by inhibiting bacterial DNA synthesis and growth. They are usually used to treat a wide range of infections, including skin infections, respiratory infections, and urinary infections.
This was also given to me at the pharmacy when I said, “I have a sore throat, give me an antibiotic.
I wonder if it is different because in the “Drugs and Drugs Booklet” it says “antibacterial” not “antibiotic. And it is cheap.
This was the least effective.
Antibiotics are usually available at pharmacies.
Antibiotics can usually be bought in Thailand.
Pharmacists work full time at pharmacies, so if you tell them your symptoms, they will give you the appropriate medicine. However, their knowledge is inferior to that of doctors, so if you are concerned about side effects, etc., go to a hospital.
I always go to a local pharmacy for my cold level.
If you are concerned about purchasing in Thailand, you may purchase in advance at a private import agency site.
Sore throat medications/non-drugs (non-antibiotics)
As you know, antibiotics may have more side effects than common medications, and I am concerned that people will become accustomed to antibiotics and become less effective in times of need.
If the pain is mild, you can try to heal it with non-antibiotics. Mild medications and supplements are readily available at convenience stores.
Painkillers are familiar to Thais. Thais take “Tylenol” for everything anyway, 12 baht (42 yen) for 10 tablets.
is a medication that reduces throat inflammation.
Medicated throat lozenges. It seems to be very hard on the stomach, so be careful not to eat it like a candy. It would be easier to control the appropriate amount when used in combination with regular lozenges.
A granular Thai herb. Whenever I feel discomfort in my throat, I use this anyway.
■ Something like a liquid syrup of Thai herbs
Not a gargle, but a spoonful taken by crawling down the throat is effective.
I smoke and I have a rough throat membrane at the end of the day.
I believe that Japanese are susceptible to Thai bacteria, so early treatment is effective.
I hope you all take care of yourselves.