What to do to cure the flu: 3 natural tips to relieve your symptoms
We are at the doors of a new vaccination campaign. And it is that, every year, between the months of October and November begins known as anti-flu vaccination campaign, which consists of administering the flu vaccine to certain groups considered as "risk", who have the risk of suffering complications in case of suffering from the flu, and especially by people who are in contact with these groups high-risk.
Thus, for example, vaccination is recommended for people older than or equal to 65 years, people under 5 years of age who have a high risk of complications from the flu and those who can transmit it to others who have a high risk of presenting complications
But we must bear in mind that the virus causing this respiratory infection is capable of suffering variations in its surface antigens, which imply the appearance of new viruses. Therefore, the vaccine must be updated every new season, and administered annually.
What is the flu?
As you surely know, The flu consists of an acute infectious disease that affects the respiratory tract as a result of the infection of a virus belonging to the family of Orthomyxoviridae, of which there are a total of three influenza viruses: A, B and C.
The most important are type A and B viruses. While the first is the main cause of the different influenza epidemics that occur each year, type B influenza virus usually occurs in much more localized outbreaks. Type C virus does not cause epidemics, it only causes infections with mild clinical symptoms or even without symptoms.
It is considered an important health problem, derived mainly from the mortality that tends to cause both directly and indirectly, and the complications that it tends to cause.
What are your symptoms?
Although at first it is common to confuse the flu with a cold, we must bear in mind that flu symptoms tend to be more severe than those caused by cold viruses. In fact, just a few hours after infection our respiratory tract will be congested and inflamed.
It is common to appear fever of sudden form, malaise and chills, which are accompanied by headache, sore throat, muscle pain, dry cough, nasal congestion, loss of appetite and general malaise.
Both fever and muscle aches and discomfort usually last between 3 to 5 days, while congestion and the feeling of fatigue (or lack of energy), can last up to 2 weeks.
Natural tips to treat flu symptoms and cure it
Infusion of ginger
The ginger It is a natural food with wonderful analgesic and antipyretic properties, becoming an excellent option in case of flu, since it helps to alleviate the discomfort and the muscular pains, and also it is useful to reduce the fever.
The preparation of a infusion of ginger It is really very simple. You just have to split a little ginger, peel and chop it well. Put water in a saucepan and when it starts to boil add the chopped ginger, cover and let boil 3 minutes. After this time turn off the heat, cover and let rest 5 minutes more. Straighten and drink.
If you add honey Y lemon It will become an ideal beverage in addition to throat discomfort.
The eucalyptus It is a wonderful medicinal plant, recognized for its expectorant properties. That is, an interesting option in case of flu and colds with nasal congestion and throat irritation, because while it helps open the airways and unclog our nose, it also relieves irritation.
To prepare the vapors you just have to put water in a saucepan and let it boil. Then put eucalyptus leaves and let the water boil for 5 minutes. Then, being careful not to burn yourself, put a plate on a table and on top of the saucepan. Put a towel on your head and try to catch all the steam, breathing it. Of course, be careful not to get cold.
Garlic, honey and lemon tea
It is quite possible that you already know that the Garlic It is a potent food, with incredible antiseptic qualities thanks to the presence of allicin, a substance that make it an incredibly useful option for Fight the symptoms of flu and cold.
Although the ideal would be to consume it raw by chewing it, it is possible that this option falls badly in your stomach or that simply its strong flavor does not support it. In that case you just have to make a tea.
How? Very simple: a clove of garlic very well, put the equivalent of a cup of water in a saucepan and when it boils add the chopped garlic clove. Let boil 5 minutes.Strain and add some freshly squeezed lemon juice and honey.
Other tips to keep in mind
In addition to the 3 natural tips that we have indicated you, there are other especially useful and fundamental ones that will be of great help to you. They are the following:
- Keep rest and try to rest as much as possible.
- Drink plenty of fluids, especially water and natural fruit juices.
- Also opt for infusions and teas, soups and broths.
- Avoid antibiotics unless your doctor prescribes them. Remember that the flu is caused by a virus, not by bacteria.
- Avoid self-medication, only taking medications such as paracetamol if necessary (for example, to reduce fever or relieve muscle discomfort).