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Influenza or simply flu is a respiratory virus infection that could also develop to bacterial infections after a while. The symptoms might be mild or severe, up to the strain and exposed person, can be fatal and end up with death. Flu symptoms look like cough and cold but they come with other discomforts such as chills, stomach pain, fatigue, vomit, muscle aches or other. It takes 1-4 days after exposure to this microbe for symptoms to occur. The illness begins with different signs and symptoms. So a simple stomach pain or headache ...more
accompanied with diarrhea in the morning might be the start of a flu in cold season.
Flu lasts for days, a week or longer time. It is a highly contagious disease therefore transfers easily and quickly through contaminated air. Flu virus enters your body when you breathe in the air carrying it's shells, usually in rooms that patients had coughed or sneezed in them or by touching the items contaminated by patients .
According to Harvard education website "Outbreaks occur nearly every winter, and vary in severity depending on that year's strain of the influenza virus".
Patients with flu symptoms are at risk of pneumonia which is a more complicated disease and has sever effects on lungs.
Infants, old people over age of 60, and those with heart, lung, or chronic diseases are at more risks if they expose to flu virus because this virus weakens the immune system.
Flu virus might affect on any body even young and healthy ones. "Once exposed to a particular strain of flu, you are immune to that strain for life. But each year, there are new strains to which you have no immunity."
Diagnosis for this disease usually does not need laboratory tests unless in complicated cases. "Journalin"
According to Harvard for Prevention:
Keep your hands clean. Wash your hands with antibacterial soaps or anyway for at least 15 seconds can kill flu virus.
Keep yourself away from someone has flu. Never stay in a room with people that have contagious disease unless with masks.
Protect others. Don't go public indoor places if you have flu.
Vaccination. Up to the flu strain in each year that can be most likely estimated, the flu vaccines are available for free in most of countries and people get their flu shots at the commence of winter or mostly in fall.
The Health Centres recommend that everyone older than 6 months may get flu shot.
Flu vaccines might come with low side effects such as stomach pain, fever and injection area or arm burning and tingling.
The shots are given in two types of injections and sprays.
Pregnant women or people with allergies or heart and lung disease might need special decisions for this vaccine. Sprays are not recommended for pregnant women, infants or people older than 50.
Help yourself in case of flu with rest, drinking liquid and fluids to help the body circulation and excretion, taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve fever and pain, use Vicks or other products or sprays for nasal congestion. Air humidifiers may be helpful for cough and sore throats for some people.
If your symptoms last more than a week or have fever more than some days, you may need to visit your doctor again.
Arthritis refers to a group of disease which cause pain and stiffness in joints because of inflammation or attrition of joints. Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, gets worse with age and is caused by wear and tear over the years. Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by accumulation of immune system units in the joints sometimes built up by infection and therefore cured by antibiotics. Rheumatoid arthritis is known an autoimmune disease.
Doctors mostly treat arthritis with anti-inflammatory medications and painkillers in prescription. Remedies vary ...more
for different patients due to their conditions, so you'd better consult your doctor before trying the recommendation methods you may find in knowledge sources for your disease.
Weight loss: If you are fat. There is an standard weight range for everyone that if exceeds can lead to unhealthy conditions, affects on body negatively and bother the daily functions as a load. So if you are heavier than you should, you'd better lose weight by correct diets and soft exercise with controlling the ingesting foods to bring your body back on style. So in a better condition you may keep on the right physical activities for your body without suppressing or shocking your knees and joints. By the way you'll help yourself for more movements that prevent more damages to your joints and reduce the pains as flexing them.
Therapy: Cold or warm therapy can relieve pain at the moment or at least reduce it. Warm therapy is used for a longer treatment by warm bathing in the morning or applying the hot pads at night. By using hot towels, pads or electric blankets on effected areas you may release joint pain and flex them for the day or at least for some hours.
Cold treatment is better for reducing the inflammation and swelling. For cold therapy you may use ice cubes or gel ice packs by wrapping them in towel and applying to the area for quick relief.
Right fatty acids in diet: Include the right fatty acids in your diet such as mega-3 that is contained in oil fish, eggs or other food sources. This fatty acid can reduce join stiffness or pain and helps arthritis along with bones if it's taken in regular and right amounts.
Spices and herbs in diet: Using the right spices in your daily food may reduce the pain, warm up your body and drop down swelling if it's taken in longer period of time. Some herbs and spices are known as anti-inflammatory in plant medicines. Boswellia, eucalyptus (just for rubbing on the area, not for eating), ginger, turmeric and specially peppers can warm up you joints, again if they are taken in regular for a longer period of time in your diets. Their effects does not have a scientific proof but the conclusion has achieved by experience and it may be vary from person to person.
Massage: Massage can be helpful in many physical pains especially if it has a muscle or bone root pain. Massage therapist are the best persons who can help you find out the best massages appropriate with your problem based on their experience. But anyway warm up massages with circular forms around the joints is one the known massages in this case in deep tries. You may try massages in regular to alleviate pain or inflammation with rubbing medications such as Vicks or other products on your painful joints.
Meditation and relaxation techniques: It's proven that reducing the stress can give results in inflammation healings. So the methods used to bring up the peace of mind or other ways that support you mentally can be helpful in any disease. Yoga, relaxation music, meditation or other ways can be found by physical trainers.
Acupuncture known as an ancient Chinese medical treatment that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on your body is also suggested by other websites.