There are practically no people who have not had colds (acute respiratory infections, flu) at least once in their life. But colds and flu are different from each other.
The difference between influenza and SARS
Colds develop slowly. The first symptoms are sore throat, nasal congestion, which turns into a runny nose. Usually the temperature is not very high, or it may not be at all.
Influenza is a viral disease where antibiotics absolutely do not help. It is necessary to start treatment with large (up to 1 g) doses of vitamin C. This vitamin disrupts the metabolic process in the virus, does not allow it to develop further.
If the temperature does not reach 38 ° C, then you do not need to drink antipyretic drugs, because viruses die at high temperatures.
The flu begins very acutely. Pains in muscles and joints begin, aches are felt throughout the body, severe headaches begin, and a cough and a runny nose will appear only after a few days.
A medical mask will not help protect yourself from the flu; most likely, it should be worn by the patient so as not to spread the disease.
If you do get sick with the flu, then you should not eat a number of foods during illness, especially animal products. In the first days of illness, drink more juices, green tea, fruit drinks, vegetables, fruits, honey.
Prevention of influenza and ARVI
In order to strengthen the immune system, which will protect against colds, there are a couple of simple methods of preventing influenza and SARS at home:
- You need to take 0.5 kg of old scarlet (the plant must be more than 3 years old), rinse, dry and cut off the thorns. Pass through a meat grinder. Add this amount of honey, 1.5 tbsp of Cahors to the mixture. It is necessary to store the mixture in the refrigerator and take 1 tablespoon 3 times a day.
- Mix half a kilo of well-mashed cranberries with 1 tbsp of walnuts, 0.5 tbsp of water, 0.5 kg of sugar and two green apples. Bring the entire mixture to a boil, cool and place in jars. It should be taken twice a day for 1 tablespoon, washed down with tea.
- Another great recipe for preventing colds that requires just three ingredients – ginger, honey and lemon – can be found here.