Symptoms of influenza flu
Prostration, fever, chills, high fever, sore throat, headache, aching behind the eyes with light sensitivity, abdominal pain, hoarseness, cough, enlarged lymph nodes, aching of the back and limbs, and frequent vomiting and diarrhea.
The person feels cold and shaky but is sweating. Serious complications, such as pneumonia, sinus infections, and ear infections, can develop.
The earliest signs are similar to those for the common cold: weakness, headache, and aching in the arms, legs, and back. He may feel feverish, and then chilly. The flu also generally brings on a dry throat and cough, and extreme weariness
Also known as “the flu,” influenza is a highly-contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract. It is easily spread by sneezing and coughing. Individual strains continually change, so vaccines are not very successful.
There are three main types of influenza: A, B, and C. Type A are the most common; all are air-born and most frequently spread by droplets (coughing, sneezing, kissing, and using drinking glasses and towels). Flu epidemics occur every 1-3 years, generally in the autumn or winter. A major epidemic occurs about every 10 years because the virus type has changed.
Because it is a viral infection, influenza may appear suddenly after an incubation of only 1 to 3 days (most frequently 48 hours after exposure). So begin treating it as soon as you can. The quicker you start treating a physical problem, the easier and more quickly it can be solved. After 2-3 days the fever usually subsides and, if cared for properly, the other acute symptoms rapidly diminish. But a cough, weakness, and fatigue may persist for several days or weeks.
TREATMENT HOME REMEDIES
- Give fluids (fruit juices, vegetable soups) to replace fluid and electrolytes lost through sweating, diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Drink at least 10 glasses of water a day to keep lung secretions thin. Give vitamin C to bowel tolerance (3,000 mg or more, spaced through the day). Also vitamin A and zinc (50 mg thrice daily), and B complex. Vitamin A protects the lining of the throat.
- Eat lightly and carefully. When it is time to make the transition from liquids to food, emphasize bland, starchy foods. This would include dry toast (so it will be chewed better), bananas, applesauce, boiled rice, cooked cereal, and baked potatoes.
- Antibiotics have no effect on the flu virus, and should not be used. Do not smoke, drink liquor, use coffee, or eat junk food.
- Because influenza can lead to secondary bacterial pneumonia, it is also well to include Echinacea and goldenseal.
- Take an enema at the first symptom. For fever, take catnip tea enemas, plus a 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of lobelia tincture every 3-4 hours until the fever drops. This is also for children.
- The eucalyptus oil vapors are also good.
- Another worthwhile formula is slippery elm bark powder (1 tablespoon), mixed with boiling water (1 quart) and honey (half a cup). Put in a jar and give one teaspoon every 3-4 hours for a cough and sore throat.
- Gargle with salt water to help relieve a sore throat (1 teaspoon salt in 1-pint warm water). Soak the feet in hot water to ease a headache or nasal congestion. Occasionally breath deeply in and out to refresh and strengthen the lungs, and remove wastes.
- Humidify the air in the room. Make sure the air is warm but also has a current of air to keep it oxygenated. But it should not be drafty. (A draft on the patient is defined as occurring when the skin becomes cooler than the forehead, or the patient is not comfortable.) Keep warm. Wear warm, close-fitted bed clothes. Back rubs may be given to increase comfort.
- Helpful herbs include cinchona bark, ginger, eucalyptus, slippery elm, sea buckthorn, yarrow, white willow, and wormwood.
Be careful, for influenza is sometimes fatal, especially for children and the elderly. Those who are not hardy and poorly nourished are especially susceptible. If you have a respiratory ailment (asthma, emphysema, pneumonia, etc.), solve it as soon as possible. One thing can lead to another till you are prostrated with sickness. The flu can often lead to ear infections, pneumonia, and sinus infection.
Children who frequently come down with the flu should be checked for hypothyroidism. Check his temperature under the arm with a thermometer.
A case of flu is becoming serious if the voice becomes hoarse, he develops pains in his chest, he has
difficulty breathing, or he starts bringing up yellow- or green-colored phlegm. It may be best to see a physician if this has not already been done.
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