Flu is a respiratory infection caused by a number of viruses. The viruses pass through the air and enter your body through your nose or mouth. The flu can be serious or even deadly for elderly people, newborn babies, and people with certain chronic illnesses.It usually strikes between October and May.
It lasts from three to five days and can be followed by fatigue for two or three weeks. It usually causes aching muscles and joints, headaches, cough and fever with a temperature of between 38C and 40C.
Symptoms of the flu come on suddenly and are worse than those of the common cold. They may include
Body or muscle aches
Is it a cold or the flu? Colds rarely cause a fever or headaches. Flu almost never causes an upset stomach. And “stomach flu” isn’t really flu at all, but gastroenteritis.
Most people with the flu recover on their own without medical care. People with mild cases of the flu should stay home and avoid contact with others, except to get medical care. If you get the flu, your health care provider may prescribe medicine to help your body fight the infection and lessen symptoms.
Good hygiene, including hand washing, can also help.
There are different viruses that have mutated and caused pandemics around the world.
2009 – H1N1v in the UK
2011 – Influenza A in Europe
2014- H1N1 in India
Complications of Flu:
Exacerbations of asthma and COPD.
The risk of complications are more in caes of
Those aged >65 years.
Very young children.
Allopathy treats with anti virals and vaccines. Vaccines my be effective when the condition is from an organismthat does not mutate.
Homeopathy for Influenza
Homeopathy like it has always been treating you helps build your vital energy to prevent attacks. In the recent outbreak of h1N1 in India, Homeopathy went a long way to prevent and help people who were affected.
A thorough case taking is a must. Some of the remedies that your Homeopath would look at
Arsenicum album, Echinacea, Eucalyptus gobulus, Baptisia, Gelsemium, Rhus tox, Eupatorium perf.