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What is Flu / Influenza ?

Home Remedies for FluFlu or Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract. The virus affects the nose, throat, bronchial tubes, and lungs, and may also cause inflammation and pain in muscles and joints. It is spread from person to person through airborne droplets when an infected person either coughs or sneezes. The influenza virus attacks cells in an uninfected person’s breathing passages and begins to replicate within six hours.

Flu / Influenza Causes:

  1. The influenza virus spreads from one person to the other through droplets in the air, when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus enters your body, in case you happen to inhale any of these droplets. Another way in which you could pick up the germs is by touching objects that have already been used by an infected person. Many of us get infected because of sharing utensils and other similar items with those who are already suffering from the flu.
  2. In the last decade or so, there have been a few types of influenza that have created a pandemic, which is an epidemic on a worldwide scale. Bird flu and Swine flu are two common examples of such new strains of influenza that caused several cases of death, throughout the globe.

Flu / Influenza Symptoms:

Most people mistake the flu for a common cold in the initial stages, mainly because their symptoms are very similar. However, one of the main differences between the two conditions is that a cold takes a while to develop, but the flu comes on rather suddenly. Moreover, a cold is not as severe and uncomfortable as the flu can get.

  1. Runny nose, accompanied by repetitive sneezing
  2. Sore throat and throat irritation
  3. Congestion in the nasal passages
  4. Muscle pain, especially in the legs, back and the arms
  5. Mild to severe headaches
  6. Fever that is over 100 degrees F (38 degrees C)
  7. Weakness, tiredness and fatigue
  8. Dry cough
  9. Sweats and chills

Flu / Influenza Preventions :

  1. Wash your hands frequently, particularly underneath your fingernails
  2. Increase your supplement intake with Vitamin C and cod liver oil
  3. Limit your alcohol consumption, as alcohol dehydrates the body and leaves you more prone to infection
  4. Avoid oily, spicy and sour food. Aerated drinks, junk food, etc should be completely avoided.

Flu / Influenza Home Remedies:

  1. Since antibiotics have no effect on a virus, you cannot use them to treat the flu. There are certain antiviral medications that can help your body fight off the virus and recover at a faster rate. However, several strains of the flu-causing virus have become immune to these medicines. Moreover, one of the most effective ways of treating influenza is by getting a lot of rest and drinking plenty of fluids during the day. Therefore, many health care providers advise people to deal with the symptoms of influenza using home remedies.
  2. Lemon and Honey: Drink a cup of warm water, to which a few drops of honey or lemon have been added. This soothes the symptoms and at the same time loosens the phlegm, so that the body can get rid of it. This exercise should be repeated around 2 or 3 times a day.
  3. Fenugreek (Methi): Prepare a decoction by boiling a tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in half liter of warm water. Continue boiling the seeds, till the water reduces to one third of its original quantity. Then, add a teaspoon of fresh ginger juice to this concoction, along with a few drops of honey, just to make it more palatable. Drink this mixture once a day.
  4. Honey and Onion: In a jar mix equal amounts of honey and onion juice. Consume around 3 to 4 teaspoons of this mixture once a day, till the flu lasts
  5. Milk: Mix a teaspoon or turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk and consume this remedy at least two or preferably three times a day. This helps strengthen the liver and alleviates the symptoms of flu.
  6. Ginger: Ginger tea has an excellent effect on the body and helps alleviate the symptoms of the flu. Use 2 to 3 pieces of ginger to prepare this tea and consume it at regular intervals during the course of the day.
   
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