Influenza, commonly called "the flu," is an illness caused by RNA viruses that infect the respiratory tract of many animals, birds, and humans. In most people, the infection results in the person getting fever, cough, headache, and malaise (tired, no energy); some people also may develop a sore throat, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
The majority of individuals has symptoms for about one to two weeks and then recovers with no problems. However, compared with most other viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold, influenza (flu) infection can cause a more severe illness with a mortality rate (death rate) of about 0.1% of people who are infected with the virus.
Causes and Risk Factors of Influenza
Influenza results from different strains of the influenza virus. This virus has the ability to mutate into different forms. That is why although you were exposed to similar strains in the past, you might not be able to defend yourself against a new one. The infection is transmitted by inhaling a respiratory droplet from an infected person or by indirect contact, such as drinking from a contaminated glass.
Symptoms of Influenza
The most characteristic symptoms of influenza are weakness, fatigue, muscle aches, headaches, fever (101 to 102 degrees), sneezing, and maybe a runny nose. Although a person with influenza feels very sick, it rarely leads to more serious complications, except for those at greater risk.
Home Remedies for Influenza
Increase in the consumption of foods rich in vitamin C. this is because it gives a boost to the immune system and increases the white blood cells.
Include garlic in the diet. Eat raw garlic empty stomach in the morning.
A simple way to get relieved from flu would be to have bath in tub to lukewarm water.
Ginger tea is helpful in curing flu. Prepare a tea by adding 2-3 slices of ginger.
Alternatively, instead of ginger, garlic can also be used. Make tea using 2-3 cloves of garlic.
Combine ½ tsp of powdered long pepper, two teaspoons of honey and ½ tsp of ginger juice. Have this combination three times a day.
In a cup of warm milk, add a tsp of turmeric. Intake such milk, thrice a day. Not only would it prevent complications arising from influenza, it would also activate the liver.
Mix equal amounts of onion juice and honey. Consume 3 to 4 tsp of this mixture everyday.
Prepare fenugreek decoction by boiling one tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in ½ liter of water, till it is reduced to 1/3rd. In a cup of this fenugreek decoction, add a tsp of fresh ginger juice and honey to flavor. Intake this mixture.
Intake grapefruit juice as it helps in treating influenza.
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