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Flu and Homeopathy

  Flu - Introduction
  Risk factors
  Steps to feel better after you get flu
  Safety of Flu vaccines
  Homeopathic Approach

Flu - Introduction
The flu or influenza is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness.The influenza virus usually enters the body through mucous membranes in the mouth, nose or eyes. When a person with the flu coughs or sneezes, the virus then becomes airborne and can be inhaled by anyone nearby. The flu virus will usually be prominent during the fall and winter.

Every year in the United States, on average:
  • 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu,
  • more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and
  • 20,000-40,000 people die from flu.
Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.

Causes      Top
The flu is caused by three types (strains) of viruses — influenza A, B and C. Type A is responsible for the deadly influenza pandemics (worldwide epidemics) that strike every 10 to 40 years. Type B can lead to smaller, more localized outbreaks that generally occur every three to 15 years. And either types A or B can cause the flu that circulates almost every winter. Type C is less common and causes only mild symptoms.

Type C is a fairly stable virus, but types A and B are constantly changing, with new strains appearing regularly. Once you've had the flu, you develop antibodies to the virus that caused it, but those antibodies won't protect you from new strains.

Symptoms      Top
It is normal to mistake the flu for another ailment such as a cold or just “feeling under the weather. Generally Flu appear 1 to 3 days after exposure to the virus. The onset of symptoms often seems sudden. Symptoms can be mild or severe. They can become severe from mild without much notice. Be aware of your body and monitor your body temperature.

Common signs and symptoms of the flu include:
  • Nasal congestion.
  • Runny nose
  • Fever over 101 F. Children with the flu tend to have higher fevers than adults have often as high as 103 to 105 F.
  • Chills and sweats.
  • Headache.
  • Dry cough.
  • Muscular aches and pains, especially in your back, arms and legs.
  • Fatigue and weakness.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Diarrhea and vomiting. Although children may have these signs, diarrhea and vomiting are rare in adults.
  • Sore throat
Complications    Top
Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes. For most people, the flu is a drag, but it goes away in a week or two. But for some people, the flu can make them very sick. Those groups include:
  • babies and kids under age 5
  • people older than 65
  • adults and kids who have health problems, such as diabetes and asthma
Risk Factors     Top
Infants, young children and people older than 65 are considered at high risk for complications from influenza. Other risk factors are:
  • Have a chronic disorder such as diabetes or heart, kidney or lung disease
  • Have a weakened immune system from medications or HIV infection
  • Will be in your second or third trimester of pregnancy during flu season
  • Work in a health care facility where you're more likely to be exposed to the flu virus
  • Are in regular, close contact with infants or young children
  • Resident of a nursing home or other long term care facility
Children are at greater risk if they:
  • Have asthma or another chronic lung condition
  • Have cardiovascular disease
  • Are taking medications to suppress their immune system
  • Have sickle cell anemia, HIV infection, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, chronic metabolic diseases or are on long-term aspirin therapy
Steps to feel better after you get Flu      Top
  • Take Rest
  • Drink lots of liquids, like water, chicken broth and other fluids
Prevention      Top
  • Wash your hands
  • Eat right, Sleep tight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Limit Air travel
  • Avoid crowds during Flu season
  • Drink plenty of Water
Safety of Flu Vaccine     Top
Check the following link to see Researchers Question on Flu Vaccine Safety

Homeopathic Approach     Top

The problems experienced by a person may be the result of  long term suffering or from associated  conditions.  Homeopaths take complete history in to consideration to select the right remedy as everything is connected and inter dependent. Homeopathic remedies work towards improving the constitution of the person.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any health condition and is not a replacement for treatment by a healthcare provider.

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