Flu - Treatment Strategy
Influenza is not just a bad cold, it’s far more serious than that, it’s a highly contagious virus that kills approximately 250,000 to 500,000 people every year. In recent pandemics it has frequently wiped out millions, and although for most people flu only lasts a few days, some people can become extremely ill. Particularly vulnerable people are the elderly, pregnant women, children under the age of 2, those with existing heart conditions, lung problems, immune suppressed or asthmatics.
The sudden onset of flu, compared to the common cold, is one of the defining features of this type of virus. Symptoms include fever, headache, cough, sore throat, muscle pain, loss of appetite and sometimes diarrhea. The best demonstrators that it is influenza rather than a flu-like cold, are the speedy onset of a cough and fever.
When tackling flu it is as important to know the things that strengthen us against contracting the virus – preventative medicine – as the treatments that can help us recover when we have become sick. Flu and cold viruses are areas of medicine where there is an abundance of scientific evidence demonstrating positive results from combining conventional medicines with healthy lifestyle practices, food and herbal supplements.
In humans there are three basic flu virus types, A, B and C. Influenza A is the most common type and causes moderate to severe illness in all ages of humans and other animals. Influenza B is milder, while Influenza C is rare and only causes a mild illness in children. Flu vaccines are effective against influenzas A and B only.
Subtypes of influenza A can mutate over time when the antigens on the surface of the virus change. This creates a new virus which can spread quickly among the unprotected population causing an epidemic.
Influenza passes from person to person either orally or through airborne droplets from coughing or sneezing. It is most contagious during the first couple of days. Symptoms may take two to four days to manifest.
As colds and flu are viruses they cannot be helped by use of antibiotics. However, due to the symptoms they cause, colds and flu can make patients more susceptible to contracting other bacterial conditions such as pneumonia, which require immediate antibiotic intervention.
Although the major symptoms of influenza may clear up in a few days, fatigue, weakness and the sudden onset of sweating can linger for several weeks longer.
The Flu Treatment Strategy page has been created to help you find the best treatments and preventative measure that you can take to keep you and your family healthy.
Click on the links and this will give you information on which treatments and therapies have been shown to be effective in fighting Flu.