Want to get better faster? A simple thing such as blowing your nose can speed up your recovery!
CALENDAR OF INFECTION
|Day||What is happening in your body||How you are feeling|
|1||Virus spreads and multiplies in your entire body||Tired and ill with body aching|
|2||Your immune system fights back with its white cells and antibodies – battle is fully engaged||May have fever and feel more tired because your body is in fight mode|
|3||Virus spread starts resolving as your lymphatic glands are in full action||You might feel your lymphatic glands swollen in your throat/neck – that is a good sign!|
|4||Fever should drop as a sign that your body won the battle and recovery stage starts||You feel better but that’s where you need to feed your body healthy vitamin rich food (fresh fruits and vegetables) and loads of water to help it recover and build its immune system again, ready for the next threat!|
FLU SYMPTOMS AND WHY THEY HAPPEN:
Symptoms you feel are the sign of virus being active in that part of your airways, from your nose to your bronchus.
1. Running nose: The virus stays in the nose, dammages the thin nasal cavities skin called mucosa thus producing secretions – that’s the running nose.
2. Cough: Secretions are produced in the throat as well, they tickle some receptors located in the back of the throat, body doesn’t like it and reacts as a reflex – that’s cough. Cough might last up to 3 weeks even though virus has been cleared.
3. Ear pain (Otitis): More secretions in the throat with overflow in the Eustache Tube (that is easily accessible in children’s anatomy) will have ear infection (otitis) as a possible consequence.
4. Headaches and Sinusitis: Secretions blocking the sinus cavities will lead to headaches and maybe develop into sinusitis if not cleared out.
SIMPLE TIP TO AVOID COMPLICATIONS AND RECOVER FASTER … CLEAN YOUR NOSE!
Why? A runny nose is the main symptom of Flu (whatever virus, Influenza, Corona or others). To avoid or minimize the impact of secretions on your airways, a very simple way is to clear mucus from where it is produced: cleaning the nose and sinus cavities will help washing out the virus and reducing its effects.
How? This is easily achieved by using a plastic syringe or a rubber suction bulb: fill it with water (tempered: not too cold, not too hot) and blow into nostril while closing the opposite nostril with a finger. Head position should be down as if you were looking at your tummy. Repeating this action 2-3 times a day will prevent congestion to develop and avoid health complications such as headaches due to sinusitis.
PS: “Flu” has been named by the virus that is responsible for the disease of “getting a cold”: the Influenza virus. Many other viruses can induce flu symptoms.
Position your head facing down as you were looking at your tummy, block one nostril with pressing it with your same side finger, place the water filled syringe/rubber flask in opposite nostril and press to blow water out in nose to relieve congestion. Finally blow to clear all mucus from nose/sinus/throat cavities by coughing up and spitting sputum out. Repeat 2-3 times per day. Helping your kids to clean their nose (even with tissue paper) is already a good step, remember to wash hands with soap after blowing as virus containing secretions are all over and that’s how it is shared among siblings. By doing this simple and inexpensive action you will avoid other health complications such as headaches due to sinusitis, ear infection or bronchitis.