nicola

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  • nicola posted a new activity comment 3 weeks ago

    One tonne of amoxicillin would provide over 95,000 courses (note courses, not doses). Conservative estimates currently put the agricultural sector as using over 100,000 tonnes of ABs. The vast majority of this usage isn’t targeted, it’s prophylactic as even very minor infections have a relatively large impact on weight gain in livestock. It’s…[Read more]

  • nicola posted a new activity comment 3 weeks ago

    Use within farming in southern Europe is off the scale and completely ignored in farm legislation by the eu. The chemical and medical sector are the biggest eu lobbyists though.

    Apart from the fact there is a knock effect to us medically in future resistance, I wouldn’t eat the meat from most European countries.

    • One tonne of amoxicillin would provide over 95,000 courses (note courses, not doses). Conservative estimates currently put the agricultural sector as using over 100,000 tonnes of ABs. The vast majority of this usage isn’t targeted, it’s prophylactic as even very minor infections have a relatively large impact on weight gain in livestock. It’s…[Read more]

  • nicola posted a new activity comment 3 weeks ago

    On a related note, I had a work colleague with an infection try to fulfil his (USA issued) prescription in Holland… the Dutch doctor politely explained that the surgical grade antibiotic perscribed was equivalent to a bazooka to kill a butterfly and adjusted the prescription.

    ABs do seem highly overprescribed in some countries.

  • Why is total independence considered the be all and end all? I am certainly not subservient to my OH but I also wouldn’t say that I am independent of him either, what I do affect him and vice versa so we both take the other into consideration when making decision. E.g. In SC’s example above I would be FURIOUS if my OH handed in his resignation…[Read more]

  • nicola replied to the topic Coccyx Pain in the forum Health 3 months, 1 week ago

    I had a cyst on mine, the Dr took it very seriously and wanted to remove the coxyx! Sadly this would have meant the end of soccer for me, so I refused his kind offer, despite dire warnings that I would one day crawl back to him and beg him to do the operation with the pain.

    No, in fact it got better over time just fine.

  • It’s a horrible thing.
    Rolling a small frozen water bottle on your foot gives relief.
    I had insoles made with helped loads when it was awful and I also have various over the counter insoles. I use a elastic sort of half sock the supports the instep which I use sometimes.
    Physio helps as does lasering the area.
    Fling out shoes that make it…[Read more]

  • nicola replied to the topic Sepsis arthritis in the forum Health 3 months, 1 week ago

    Is that the same as reactive arthritis? Infection in the joint (I think), swollen, hot and painful?
    My OH had reactive arthritis in his knee years ago, he was on high dose ibuprofen and occasionally injections to draw fluid off the knee. It took months to clear up (sorry, I can’t remember how long, I have a feeling he wasn’t fully healed for a…[Read more]

  • @mel It might sound ridiculous, but I work in community equipment services, so I am just saying how it is.

  • Crutches cost around £10 to purchase. The charge to collect and decontaminate crutches to the required infecting control standards cost in the region of £20.