The very common disease which spreads from one person to another is a communicable disease. Cold and Flu is one of them. It can spread through sneezing, handshaking, sharing things like food, drinks etc. Whenever an illness is seasonal, we have to ask ourselves what is it about that particular season that could be causing this illness to be so prevalent. I mean, do you notice how the flu outbreak is always after a season of increased sugar consumption, stress, and less sunshine/fresh air?
What is the flu?
Flu also is known as Influenza.It is a transmissible disease which can spread from one person to another by RNA Virus. It’s a respiratory disease which can spread easily. Nearly 10 billion cases are recorded every year in India. It appears most frequently in early spring and winter. The virus attacks the body by spreading through lower and upper respiratory tract.
Here is your complete guide to the seasonal flu:
What To Avoid
- Flu Vaccine - All vaccines are immune suppressive—that is, they suppress your immune system, which may not return to normal for weeks to months. Vaccines can trigger allergies by introducing large foreign protein molecules into your body that have not been properly broken down by your digestive tract (since they are injected). Your body can respond to these foreign particles in the form of an allergic reaction.
- Antibiotics - Influenza is a virus and antibiotics are not only ineffective for viral illness but can exacerbate it due to their detrimental effect on the gut, of which 70% or more of the immune system resides.
How To Prevent The Flu
1. Avoid Close Contact
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
2. Stay Home When Sick
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
3. Cover Your Mouth & Nose
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
4. Clean Your Hands
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
5. Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose or Mouth
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
6. Practice Other Good Health Habits
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
How to Treat The Flu
1. Drink Lots Of Liquid
The flu can leave you dehydrated, especially if have vomiting or diarrhea. So be sure to get enough fluids. Water is fine. So are fruit juices and electrolyte beverages. You may want to stay away from caffeinated drinks because caffeine is a diuretic. Herbal tea with honey can soothe a sore throat.
Listen to your body. If it’s telling you not to exercise, don’t. If it’s urging you to spend all day in bed, do. Don't press on with daily chores even in the face of severe cold or flu symptoms.
3. Take A Vitamin C supplement
Vitamin C is crucial for supporting your body’s immune health. Studies suggest that a “megadose” of vitamin C can help relieve cold and flu symptoms.
Breathing moist air helps ease nasal congestion and sore throat pain. One good strategy is to indulge in a steamy shower several times a day -- or just turn on the shower and sit in the bathroom for a few minutes, inhaling the steam. Another is to use a steam vaporizer or a humidifier. Clean it often to make sure it’s free of mold and mildew.
Flu season is just around the corner and you need to have a strong immune system to avoid having flu. Follow the guide and you will be flu-free during the flu season. In this post, I shared with you your complete guide to the seasonal flu.
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