AUSSIE flu is one of the major strains of the flu virus that infects people throughout the United Kingdom this year. The symptoms have been described as the same as those of the normal but more severe flu, so what is the best form of treatment?
With the United Kingdom under one of the worst flu seasons in recent decades, it has never been more important to take care of your health to avoid contracting the virus.
The number of people dying of Aussie flu in England and Wales has reached the highest level since a devastating flu epidemic hit the United Kingdom three years ago.
The Australian flu, the H3N2 strain of influenza virus, is one of the many strains circulating in the United Kingdom at this time, and the symptoms, described as more serious than the normal flu, include pain in the body, dry cough and sudden fever.
Washing and rinsing your hands regularly and throwing away tissues quickly are some of the best ways to prevent the spread of the virus.
But for those who are unfortunate enough to have the virus, what is the best way to get rid of it?
Dr. Sarah Jarvis said there is no cure, we can not cure viruses, but there are ways to shorten the symptoms and make them less severe.
She said: “I recommend lots of fluids, rest and ibuprofen or acetaminophen, or a combination of the two.
“There is some evidence that hot drinks work, partly because they have a placebo effect, but they have also been found to affect the production of saliva and the hydration of the waves.
“Steam, hot showers, hydration and drinking more can also be good; dehydration can make you prone to complications.”
But when it comes to herbal supplements, Dr. Jarvis says there is insufficient evidence that this will help him get rid of him.
She added: “There is some evidence that vitamin D will help you get rid of the cold and diseases, possibly the Aussie flu.
“There is some evidence that if you are an athlete who takes a vitamin C supplement you can minimize the risk of contracting a cold, but for the vast majority of people, we only recommend that you get vitamin C through diet, so there will be a lot of fruit and vegetables, fruit juice (one glass of 150 ml per day) “.
When it comes to cough medicine, Dr. Jarvis reveals that this is not something that general practitioners can prescribe.
She said: “The only thing I have been able to prescribe for years is glycerol syrup, which is sugar and water.
“On the other hand, your pharmacist has access to dozens of alternatives and, if I have advice, make the pharmacist your friend.
“If you have the Aussie flu, have someone else visit the pharmacist and explain your symptoms.”
“But if you have a cough or cold, the pharmacist can advise you on things like ‘is it a dry cough?’, So for a dry cough, it is something that relieves the waves and reduces the temptation to cough.
“If it’s a mucous cough, it’s very important to know that green mucus does not mean you have a bacterial infection, it does not mean you need antibiotics.
“But if you have COPD (a chronic lung condition) and start to produce more mucus, you should take the course of antibiotics or go see your doctor.”
Dr. Sarah Jarvis says that the virus is likely to stay until March.