The flu (shortened from Influenza, also known as Grippe) is a highly contagious viral infection that occurs in the winter months and early spring. It attacks suddenly with symptoms we are all familiar with. You may begin to experience the symptoms from one to four days after getting infected by the flu virus.
<ul> <li>Fever â€“ Generally between 101ï‚°F and 102ï‚°F</li> <li>Chills</li> <li>Sore throat</li> <li>Severe headache</li> <li>Prostration</li> <li>Nasal congestion</li> <li>Sneezing</li> <li>Aching muscles</li> <li>General fatigue</li> <li>Loss of appetite</li> </ul> <strong>Some Facts:</strong> <ul> <li>Typical of the flu: Rapidity to spread and highly contagious. </li> <li>Incubation period: From one to four days. </li> </ul> <blockquote> <br> <ul> <li>You can catch the flu from someone who looks perfectly healthy as the infected person can infect others before he or she experiences any symptoms. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>During the first five â€“ seven days after the onset, you can still infect others. </li> </ul> </blockquote> <br> <ul> <li>There are three different general categories of influenza viruses: Type A, Type B and Type C. All three types can mutate or change into new strains. Type A mutates consistently, creating new strains of the virus. So what are the consequences of this? You can never develop a permanent immunity to the flu. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>In uncomplicated cases, the intense symptoms last for a few days, followed by a progressive recovery to normal health. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>In advanced cases, pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infection and dehydration may occur. </li> </ul> <u>Transmitted by:</u> <ul> <li>Touching contaminated objects by infected individuals, such as keyboards and doorknobs. </li> <li>Inhaling air that contains the virus. Stay away from people who are coughing and sneezing during the flu season. </li> </ul> <strong>Preventive Measures:</strong> <ul> <li>Wash your hands frequently. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Avoid crowds. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Donâ€™t sleep in a room with someone who has the flu. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Donâ€™t smoke and donâ€™t drink alcohol, as these substances will lower your resistance to infection. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>If you feel some of the symptoms, chew a clove or more of raw garlic, preferably not on an empty stomach, as it has antiviral properties. </li> </ul> <strong>What to do if you have the flu:</strong> <ul> <li>Rest in bed, especially while the fever is high.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Drink plenty of fluids. </li> <li>Eat fresh fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C, such as orange juice, broccoli, tomatoes, strawberries, as they contain antioxidants that can help you boost your immune system. Foods containing zinc such as fish, lean meats, whole grain breads and cereals will also help you boost your immune system and ease to some degree, the severity of your symptoms </li> </ul> <ul> <li>When you have an appetite, eat mild transitional foods until you get back to regular meals- starchy foods like bananas, boiled rice, baked potatoes, cooked cereal, cottage cheese and dry toast.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>When you have a sore throat, it is good to gargle as needed dissolving 1 tsp of salt in 1 pint of warm water. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>If you have a headache, put an ice bag on your head. But make sure to keep the room warm. Avoid being chilled. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Have a humidifier on or a kettle with water boiling in the room most of the time.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Donâ€™t drink alcohol. That will dehydrate you and as mentioned above, it could lower your resistance to infection. </li> </ul>It is very <a target="_new" rel="nofollow noopener" href="https://translate.google.com/website?sl=ar&tl=en&hl=en&u=http://www.forhealthtips.com/A_Cold_or_The_Flu_Which_One_Is_It_.html">common to confuse the flu with the common cold</a> since both illnesses have very similar symptoms. It is important to stay informed so you can take adequate care. <p></p>