Our expert says:
I am sorry to hear that you have been ill with bronchitis and are feeling poorly. It is possible that the Corenza C which contains aspirin, chlorprophenpyridamine maleate and phenylephrine is causing your sore tummy. Ask the dr who is treating you if you can stop taking this medication and tell him/her about the gastric complaints in case you need to take some antacids. It is probable that the phenylephrine is suppressing your appetite. The diarrhoea could be caused by the antibiotics, but it is always essential to complete the course otherwise you may make the infective bacteria resistant which would complicate matters further. However if your symptoms should worsen, it is important to also contact your doctor to inform him/her of this development so that he/she can decide if you need to change the antibiotics you are taking. Once you have completed the antibiotics, please continue to take a probiotic such as Intestiflora (buy at health shops) for a few weeks to reestablish the good organisms in your digestive tract, seeing that antibiotics often eradicate both the good and the bad, infective organisms in your g.i. tract. The diet you describe is adequate as long as you ensure that your total dairy intake is about 3 servings a day (1 serving = 1 cup of milk or yoghurt, or 1/2 cup of cottage cheese, or 30 g other cheeses). Also have other legumes besides the hummus, such as dry cooked or canned peas, lentils, beans or soya to ensure that you are eating sufficient protein and obtaining vitamins and minerals. Eat at least 4-5 eggs a week to provide iron and vit B12. Try get as much rest as possible so that you can recover fully from the bronchitis, which can be a most exhausting illness.
Holding thumbs that you will soon be much better again.
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