Showing posts with label Flu. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Flu. Show all posts

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Viral diseases are the most commonly known complications that affect the human lungs. Before its entry into the lung, viruses are known to cause infections in the upper respiratory part. Some of the common infections caused by the virus include Pneumonia, Bronchiolitis, and Interstitial Lung Disease. The later emerged viral infections have more potency to cause larger outbreaks of severe respiratory diseases. The infections usually occur during the winter and the viral often spreads via transmission process due to sneezing and coughing.

Bronchiolitis is a kind of inflammation attacking the membrane linings in the bronchioles. Various viruses like respiratory syncytial virus, influenza, or flu virus are involved for carrying out this kind of inflammation. This type of disorder is generally seen in young children and infants. Congesting nose is the starting associated symptoms that can further proceed to affect the lungs and cause symptoms of bronchiolitis. The symptoms linked to this disorder is felt in the form of croaky cough, breathing rapidly, wheezing, low levels of oxygen in the blood stream, retractions, and hypoaxia. The complication of illness with this disorder will last for one to two days, and in severe cases the extending period could be up to 14 days.

Pneumonia is yet another serious ailment included in the same category of viral infection and is triggered by infectious virus. This is linked to the abnormal inflammation disorder of the lung. However, infections in the lung can creep up due to innumerous reasons including fungi or parasites, bacterial infections, chemical or physical injury to the lungs and many more. However, viral infection has a great impact on the lungs and comes on the top list. Viral pneumonia is milder when compared to the bacterial infection. The symptoms attached with it include cough accompanying phlegm, chills and fevers. It also shows the symptoms through breathing shortness, rapid breathing, pleurisy, retractions, fatigue and muscle aches.

Viral Pneumonia along with the bacteria will take the problem further making it even more severe. This ultimately proceeds further to bring about the accumulation of fluids that could be hazardous. The accumulated fluid should be drained out through the means of surgery. We all know that pneumonia is a leading cause of death in children under the age of five. The blood in the sputum or discoloration is seen with the sufferers of pneumonia. Chest pain is another syndrome observed in patients with the attack of pneumonia. The other associated signals with it include headache, muscle pain, worsening cough, and many more.

Interstitial lung disease is known to attack interstitium area of the lungs. It is associated with the burning sensations taking place in the supportive tissues amidst of air sacs. The kind of complication leads to scarring process of the tissues thereby greatly affecting the supply of oxygen into the blood.

This is a guest post by irvine lampson (consultant physician and health expert) for

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Winter - time for colds, flu, SARS and ARI. How to prevent their appearance and get rid of ailments in case of illness? Help in the usual spices, herbs and spices.


Cinnamon contains a lot of antibacterial substances and for this reason it is advisable to apply for the prevention of colds and even the flu. For the preparation of such preventive home means you need to brew half teaspoon ground cinnamon boiling purified water (about three-quarters cup). After that you should add to the mix a pinch of black pepper. During the epidemic use this tool to half a glass of tea with a bit of sugar and honey. This infusion of cinnamon will help you strengthen your immune system and improve the body.


Peppermint used in the preparation of many remedies against colds, both in formal and in folk medicine. This is due to the fact that the flavorful herb contains in its composition flavonoids, vitamins, tanning agents, and most importantly, healing essential oils. Due within the mint treatment components cough passes in the shortest possible time, soft and tasty. In order to prepare this folk remedy you need to brew two large (canteens) tablespoons dry mint one liter of boiling purified or melt water, then add to the mix a few drops of essential oil of any coniferous species (or the same mint). Cooking facilities used for the preparation of inhalation . In addition it can be used inside (but not the infusion has already been used for inhalation!) Two - five spoons for twenty minutes before a meal.


With colds after winter walks on the street as soon as you feel the first symptoms of a cold, apply mustard folk remedy by the following recipe: Pour hot water necessary to wash grain black mustard, and then soar feet in a mixture of not less than fifteen minutes. Then carefully wipe your feet with a towel and put on warm socks. Morning cold will be over!


In order to quickly get rid of a cold home remedy can be prepared by the following recipe. To make it necessary to boil nine - ten cardamom seeds, seven spices cloves, cinnamon and shelf floor teaspoon grated on a fine grater ginger root in two cups of purified water for at least five minutes. At the end of cooking, you can add a little broth of fresh milk and liquid honey. This tool facilitates the easy removal of mucus from the bronchial tubes and lungs.


Thanks to one of the most common spice turmeric can also cure the common cold, and even the initial stage of bronchitis . To do this every day before going to bed drink a glass of hot milk, which must be brought to a boil before it dissolved in it one teaspoon of turmeric. If you have inflamed throat, in this case, you can help the following means: dissolve in a glass of boiling purified water one teaspoon of turmeric and half a teaspoon of table salt or sea. Finished liquid rinse mouth and throat three times a day.


Need twice a day to dissolve a bit of nutmeg powder.

Runny nose, and low temperature are used to treat many hot tea or just wait until the will itself. Meanwhile, incorrect or careless treatment may aggravate the disease. Five common mistakes in treating colds.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

The overlap of the cold and flu season with the holiday season can make it a challenge to stay healthy as you go to parties and get together with family and friends.

Getting a flu shot is important, but other precautions can also reduce your risk of getting sick or of spreading illness to others, according to a Ryerson University news release.

Here are some tips for a healthy holiday:

  • When you have to cough or sneeze, do it in your sleeve or the inside of your sweater or jacket. That will prevent the spread of viruses to those nearby.
  • Wash your hands regularly and always after using the restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose.
  • Use the air kiss or fake peck on the cheek instead of a kiss on the lips when greeting family and friends.
  • Always use serving spoons or forks never your fingers to put food on your plate. If you're hosting a party, be sure to supply plenty of serving utensils and provide people with alternatives to reaching into bowls, such as making individual servings.
  • Find creative ways to personalize cups so that people don't accidentally mix them up. Don't serve beverages in their original containers because people might get confused about which bottle or can belongs to them.
  • Carry hand sanitizer with you and use it before you eat any food or touch your face, particularly your nose and mouth. This will help protect you against viruses you may have picked up from doorknobs, shopping cart handles, handrails and faucets.
  • When you attend religious services, try to stay three to six feet away from others and don't share the communion wine goblet. Instead of shaking hands and hugging, use a friendly wave or elbow tap to greet others.
  • Make sure you get adequate sleep, which is important for keeping your immune system strong.
  • If you develop a cold or flu, stay at home until you feel better.

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about preventing the flu.