Winter is coming (already here actually) and will bring with itself the cursed flu. If you are struck with the winter’s wind or dust attack and have a runny or blocked nose, sore throat and cough, then you might be captive of the dreaded flu!
So what is flu? It is a common respiratory infection caused by a virus. Symptoms include: runny nose, blocked nose, sore throat, cough, fever, fatigue, body ache, chills, headache, and sweating. It’s not necessary for you to have all the symptoms. If you have the first three, then it’s highly likely that you may have caught the winter flu.
Types and Classification of flu
There are several types of flu such as seasonal, H1N1, Ebola, Variant, Norovirus, MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome), West Nile Virus, Whooping Cough, and Chikungunya. These are also classified as Influenza A, B, and C. A and B viruses usually cause the seasonal flu and influenza C causes mild respiratory illness. To add to this mix some allergies may also have similar symptoms to flu and is often referred to as flu in common language.
Prevention and Treatment
Obviously prevention is better than cure so some prophylactic measures that can save you from flu are flu vaccination, improving your hygiene (washing hands and taking baths regularly), wearing warm clothes in winter, consuming Vitamin C (the most efficient substance at increasing your immunity) and eating healthy. But, once you get flu you are trapped. There are home remedies as well as medication for your escape.
Home remedies that you can look towards are:
1. Herbal tea
4. Increasing your fluid intake
6. Ginger (1tsp in warm water)
7. Honey in warm water
Although antibiotics are not used to treat a virus, they are often prescribed by doctors in areas where there’s a highly likelihood of the patient being hit with a bacterial infection owing to the compromised body condition. So, you should always consult your doctor in case you have a high grade fever along with the other flu symptoms and follow any medication that is prescribed.
Modern medicine recommends not to use Vicks Vapo Rub directly on babies as that can be dangerous.
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