Magic pill or properly fixed?
‘Have you got a magic pill for this?’
This was the most commonly asked question by my patients in the pharmacy.
The idea of a ‘silver bullet’ to cure us of all our ills goes back a long time and is very appealing. In fact, the pharmaceutical companies spend billions of pounds trying to convince us that their drug is ‘the One’.
Often this sounds too good to be true…eg. ‘Our product will magically get rid of your fungal nail infection and make you irresistible to the opposite sex!’ Sound familiar? But quite often the drug you take has some ‘baddie’ side effects, which are not really part of the fairy-tale story.
I will use eczema here as an example, but the principles apply to any disease. You begin to suffer with eczema and your pharmacist/GP prescribe a steroid cream. So far, so normal. The steroid cream ‘magically’ makes the eczema disappear. So you think ‘Great, I’m fixed!’
However a few years (and a few tubes of steroid cream) later, you develop asthma. You would commonly be prescribed an inhaled steroid and bronchodilator for these symptoms. Asthma, eczema and hayfever are all expressions of the same gene. The steroid creams have pushed the issue deeper into an internal organ, i.e. the lungs.
So did the eczema disappear or was it put under an invisibility cloak?
Your answer to the original question may now be different…….
Do you want the magic pill or do you want to be fixed properly?
Feel free to contact me for acute solutions to your hayfever and eczema issues.