February 18, 2017, 09:30
The success of ARVI treatment directly depends on your actions at the initial stage of the disease.
When we come into contact with carriers of viruses, we inhale them (viruses), and they attach to the epithelial cells of the respiratory tract, and then quickly spread throughout the body. How does the body react to this penetration? Naturally, he begins to fight the virus. Damaged cells produce interferon to free themselves from invaders. Antibodies are then released to neutralize the virus. How can we help the body? At the first symptoms of a cold (weakness, muscle and headache, discharge from the nose, fever), take action immediately.
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Support the immune system
Bed rest is recommended. Refuse to travel in public transport, reschedule business meetings, do not torture yourself with physical exertion. Do not try to immediately bring down the temperature at the beginning of the disease! After all, this is a protective mechanism of the body, it slows down the development and reproduction of viruses. If the temperature rises above 38 degrees, you can use antipyretics.
Emergency help for colds
It is better to start with taking the safest medicines that have the minimum number of contraindications and go well with other drugs. Usually these are drugs that increase immunity (based on echinacea, ginseng), as well as non-specific antiviral drugs that act on a wide range of viruses.
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Drinking plenty of water (2–3 liters per day) relieves the condition and flushes out toxins from the body. Drink water, tea with honey or raspberries, rosehip broth, fruit drinks.
Flush your nose
Accelerate recovery by washing the nose with a solution of sea salt. It is also good to gargle with a solution of chamomile, do inhalations with essential oils of eucalyptus, sage, tea tree, lavender. They have bactericidal properties and have a softening effect on the mucous membranes of the throat and nose.
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Adjust your diet
Your body should receive all the vitamins necessary to fight viruses (primarily A, E, C). Eat vegetables, fruits, fish. Give up coffee and alcohol (they dehydrate the body). Be sure to include garlic and onions in your diet: phytoncides are known virus killers. Do not overeat: this way the body will spend less energy on digesting food and let them fight the infection.
Ventilate the room
Do this every 2 hours. This will avoid re-infection and reduce the number of viruses.
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