Although influenza, or the flu, is a common illness, the facts surrounding it are sometimes not completely known. The best thing to do is educate yourself with information that allows you to better understand the illness, its causes, and how to protect yourself from it. Take some time to look over the following, which are 7 facts about influenza.
1. What exactly is influenza?
Although influenza is often confused with the common cold, the flu is usually much more serious. It is a highly-contagious illness that infects the upper and/or lower respiratory tracts of millions of people each year. The flu is a viral illness, which means antibiotics cannot cure it. In certain cases and individuals, the flu can lead to serious complications. The highest number of flu cases are reported in the winter and early spring months.
2. What are the symptoms of influenza?
People infected with influenza often suffer from a fever and chills. Some other common symptoms of the flu include sore throat, nasal congestion, runny nose, cough, body aches and pains, fatigue, and headaches. Depending on the severity of the case, the flu can make it difficult and sometimes impossible to go on with daily life.
3. How can influenza be spread?
Influenza can easily be spread from an infected individual to others. It is spread through respiratory secretions, such as sneezes and/or coughs. These secretions are made up of tiny droplets that contain the flu virus. When an infected person sneezes or coughs, people nearby can inhale these droplets or touch items that have been covered with them. If they touch their eyes, nose, or mouth after touching these items, the droplets can be transferred and cause infection. Influenza can also be spread by sharing eating utensils with an infected person. After exposure, it usually takes between one and four days for flu symptoms to begin.
4. Are some people more likely than others to get influenza?
Some people are definitely more likely than others to get influenza. People that work closely with others on a daily basis are much more prone to the flu virus. This includes employees of hospitals, daycare centers, nursing facilities, schools, and busy offices. It should also be known that very young people, elderly people, and those with compromised immune systems are much more likely to get influenza and suffer complications.
5. What should I do if I have influenza?
If you happen to come down with the flu, be sure to get plenty of rest. You should also drink as many fluids as possible, as they will help to flush the virus out of your body. There are certain anti-viral medications that can be taken to lessen the severity and length of the flu, but they are not by any means a guaranteed cure. Time, rest, and fluids are the best remedies for the flu.
You also can take vitamin C, vitamin D and oil of oregano, which have been proven to be the very best ways to prevent and treat yourself when you are sick. Try to avoid strenuous activity when you have the flu and do not return to work until your symptoms have let up.
6. What are some complications of influenza?
Certain people are more likely than others to suffer serious complications of the flu. Infants, elderly people, pregnant women, and people with certain diseases and illnesses often have compromised immune systems, making them susceptible to more severe influenza infections. Some complications of the flu include pneumonia, sinus or ear infections, dehydration, and even death.
7. Is there more than one type of influenza virus?
There are many types and strains of influenza, and they change from year to year. Experts divide the influenza virus into three main categories. Type A is usually responsible for the major, serious flu outbreaks each year. Type B typically causes less severe flu symptoms than Type A and therefore is not as serious. Type C causes a different type of infection, which is not similar to the more-common Type A infection. Again, the best way to protect yourself is to give your body the natural vitamins it needs.
Don't underestimate the natural route.
According to Global Healing Center, Oregano oil is widely known as a potent germ-killer, anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. Not only is it highly respected within the natural health community, it is also being being widely studied within the scientific community because it is such an effective germ killer. Research shows that the oil supercedes many commonly-used pain killers, such as aspirin and even morphine. Oregano oil also has extremely high levels of free-radical-fighting antioxidants, and possesses powerful anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
Now that you know some of the important facts about influenza, you will be able to protect yourself and those close to you. With the proper awareness and prevention, the flu will hopefully affect less people each and every year.
Guest post from Payton Price. Payton writes for TermLifeInsurance.org.