Cold and flu are infectious diseases caused by several types of viruses. Flu season generally occurs from fall to early springs causing various types of symptoms like sniffing, sore throat, muscular pain, coughing and more. Flu shots can help to prevent people especially those more vulnerable from getting infected.
This article will discuss about some natural remedies to fight both cold and flu and and also how to recognize Covid 19 symptoms. The flu spread around the world yearly causing three to five million severe cases and about 300000 to 700000 deaths. Death mostly occurs in high risk groups like old and very young people and also with other health problems.
There are four types of influenza that can affect humans: Type A, B, C and D. The virus can spread to the air from coughs and sneezes. It also can spread touching contaminated areas by the virus and touching the nose, eyes or mouth after.
There are a number of rapid tests to check the presence of the infection by testing the nose or the throat even if some people might still have the virus if the results are negative. Flu symptoms usually appears two days and at least one week after the person has contracted the virus.
Difference between cold and the flu
The symptoms of a common cold and a flu can be similar at first like a runny nose, coughing, sneezing and a general fatigue feeling. The main difference in the two types of infection is that the flu can cause more serious conditions like pneumonia, sinusitis and sepsis; If severe symptoms persist the doctor will run some tests to determine what type of infections is behind those symptoms.
Difference between Covid 19 and flu
Cold, Flu and Covid 19 might have similar symptoms like general pain and fever. The main symptoms of Covid 19 are fewer, cough, shortness of breath and lose taste in your mouth.
Symptoms of the Flu include fever, a dry and persistent cough , muscle pain, headache and running nose.
The main difference between is that when you contract Covid 19 you might have a strong dry mouth and you might loose the smell and mouth taste for a few days.
More about Flu shots
Influenza is a serious infection which can compromise the immune system and cause also death in the worst cases.
The most efficient way to prevent cold and flu and its capacity to quickly replicate is to get a vaccination just before the flu season starts. It can also help those people who cannot be vaccinated to be at a less risk to get in contact with the viruses.
Vaccines are made from a strain of the virus that researchers consider to be the most common in the next flu season with a nil capacity to be harmful in the body; Once the vaccine is injected the body starts to produce antibodies against the strain of the virus injected.
Healthy authorities recommend to everyone over the age of six months and with other serious pathologies or on high risks to get vaccinated. There is still a debate on the fact that some people have been also sick after they have received a vaccine and also with some kids that have experienced severe allergic reaction or neurological side effects.
The official statement from most of the scientists is that there is no presence of dangerous pathogens inside a shot and that the vaccine should help to lessen the severity of the illness once a person get sick. It is important to note that each person is different and can have a different reaction to any substance that is injected in the body although, serious reported side effects from vaccines are very rare.
Remedies to treat Cold and flu symptoms
1. Herbal teas
Some natural herbs have an antiviral and antibacterial properties and once you drink their extract they can help to sooth your throat and sinuses. Some popular extract that you can use include:
- Green or black tea
- Fresh or dried ginger
Use also bee products like honey or royal jelly which have also natural antiviral and anti-bacterial action to fight cold and flu.
2. Essential oils
Some studies have found that certain types of essential oils can help to protect us against viruses and bacteria.
You can put a few drops of oil extract to your hand liquid soap or mixed it with your body lotion. Apparently tea tree oil can help the virus flu from multiply it if you use it a bit after you got infected.
Other types of essential oils you can use include:
- Lemon oil
- Eucalyptus oil
- Lemon oil
- Thyme oil
- Cinnamon oil
Oils cannot be ingest, you can use on your skin after you mix them with almond or olive oil.
You can use them also with a diffuser in your house but be aware of its influence on child, pregnant and breast feeding women.
3. Steam Inhalation
Steam inhalation is an old remedy to help soothe your nose, using water steam to alleviate the respiratory tract. It can also relieve swelling in the nose and lungs and to reduce dry cough and chest tightness.
Do not steam from boiling water, keep away face and hands from hot surfaces and be careful to not drop the boiling water burning yourself. Add if you can some drops of essential oil to the water to have more benefit.
4. Watch your diet
Cold and flu can also cause problems to the stomach having diarrhea, cramps and nausea. It is important to avoid some type of food that might irritate more the digestion tract like fatty and fried food, cheese, milk, caffeine; Aim instead for broths or soups, grilled chicken or boiled potatoes.
5. Zinc intake
Researches have shown that Zinc might help your body to increase the production of germ fighting white blood cells. You can take a zinc supplement or a multivitamin with zinc or from some food source like red meat, shellfish, beans, nuts, seeds or eggs.
6. Rest a lot
It is important also to get more sleep to bust your immune system to fight off the virus. Set up a sleep priority for a while until you get back on your feet again.
7. Drink water in abundance
Drinking water and fluids is very important to keep your nose, and mouth moist. This help to stay hydrated and to refill water and minerals loss from the mucus and sweat. You can keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of liquids like:
- Sport drinks
- Herbal tea
- Fresh juice
- Electrolyte drinks
The Bottom line
Cold and Flu can be a serious and dangerous infectious disease, especially for kids and people with a weak immune system.
It is important if possible to get vaccinated every year against the virus and to follow your doctor advises in case of complications. Those remedies mentioned above can help to alleviate some flu symptoms and also to improve to protect you against some possible infections. I hope you have enjoyed this article please put some comments or any possible info you would like to add. See you soon!:)