My last post was written for my readers in the southern hemisphere who are just beginning to experience the hottest weather of the year.
Today, I’d like to share a little something for my northern hemisphere readers who find themselves in the midst of the coldest season of the year, which also usually comes hand in hand with flu season.
I’d always heard that the flu was untreatable: you just had to keep yourself as comfortable as possible and wait for your body to fight off the virus.
In this guest post, by Lauren Walsh, I learned that this is no longer the case and that there exists an FDA-approved anti-viral drug called Tamiflu that can help your body to combat the flu. Keep reading to find out more.
Most of us have had some form of influenza or the other.
It’s irritating and stops you from going on with your life as you normally would.
Symptoms like a sore throat, cough, runny nose/cold, aches, watery eyes, tiredness, fever, chills, and a stuffy nose are common when you’ve got the flu.
Medication helps ease the symptoms of influenza within a day or two and allows people to continue their healthy day-to-day lives with minimal irritation.
The flu is a viral infection that spreads throughout the body and can hamper bodily functions.
Most people do not understand the difference between actual influenza and the symptoms of the flu.
Just having a cough, cold, or fever is not the flu.
The symptoms of the actual flu are usually a lot worse than other flu-like symptoms and tend to get increasingly serious if not treated in time.
The flu is caused by one of three viruses: the influenza virus type A , B, or C.
There are different strains of influenza today, and symptoms keep changing according to the strain.
Most flu symptoms only start after 3–4 days of contracting the virus, so it is possible for the disease to spread unknowingly before signs of any symptoms.
Once treatment begins, flu symptoms can be controlled within a day or two, but it usually takes about a week or two to completely rid the body of the flu virus.
Ways to Fight the Flu
Get the flu vaccine as early as possible: Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to avoid getting the flu virus.
Breathe in steam: One of the best remedies for a cold is to breathe in a little steam. If you want, you could add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to help ease the sinus and your nostrils.
Nose drops: Most pharmacies and drug stores keep a stock of saline nose drops or sprays that help in temporarily clearing the nasal passage and mucus buildup. These are usually safe for children too. Put a few drops in one nostril and gently blow the mucus out. Repeat the process for the other nostril.
Take medication: Medicine like Tamiflu, an anti-viral, helps tremendously in clearing out all the symptoms of flu and blocking the infection by clearing it out.
Tamiflu, made of the active ingredient Oseltamivir phosphate, is a drug used to treat and block the actions of the influenza virus.
It works both for influenza Type A and influenza Type B, on people aged two weeks and over.
Tamiflu is an orally administered (capsule form) antiviral drug used to block and treat the effects of the flu.
It can also be used as a preventive medication if there has been recent exposure to someone suffering from the flu.
It belongs to a drug class called neuraminidase inhibitors.
All the medicines in this class attack the flu virus and prevent it from growing in the human body.
Tamiflu gets absorbed by the sites of the infection and starts treatment immediately.
- Adults can consume 75 mg orally, taken twice a day for five days. Infants can be given 3 mg twice a day for five days. Children can be given 30 mg – 60 mg twice a day for five days.
- Tamiflu is a medication used to treat people over the ages of 2 weeks. It is safe for infants, children, adolescents, young adults, adults, and seniors. Tamiflu is also not the recommended treatment or flu for people on dialysis or End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD).
- People who have consumed alcohol within the past 12 hours or those that use recreational drugs should also not take Tamiflu.
Tamiflu is also known to curb complications developed as a result of the flu, like sinusitis, bronchitis, and pneumonia.
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