Saturday, 9 November 2013


Someday we will be weather beaten skulls resting on a grass pillow,  Serenaded by a stray bird or two.  Kings and commoners end up the same, no more enduring than last night's dream, but till then. Does a yearly flu jab make a difference or does enough to guard against the old foe?

There are things people wouldn't believe. Imagine, attacking ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. watching C-beams glitter in the darkness at Tannhauser Gate. All those moments would be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die with cold a flu to conquest.

It could be misleading to starve a cold, Starving never does a body good. To help your immune system fight off your cold or flu, it's important to eat right and encouraged to eat much, even when you're sick. Eating something helps your body recover and shortens cold or flu. Being well-hydrated is simply priceless, such as replacing the fluids you're losing through coughing, congestion, or fever.

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What works is regular exercise, by keeping your immune system strong and help to avoid coming down with the flu. It may even help shorten your down time once you're sick. It's OK to exercise when you have a cold, really? But if your symptoms include a fever, severe body aches, headaches, it is important to have bed rest to help you get better.

The mystery about vitamin C, it won't help you avoid a cold, yet it may help make your cold a little shorter, possibly, taken before the cold. Go easy though, for too much of the supplement taken for too long can lead to diarrhea or stomach cramps. 2,000 mg a day could be an appropriate booster. Experts say, people with a history of kidney stones should talk to their doctors before taking the supplement.

If you take them early enough, anti-viral medicines can shorten your symptoms by a day or two. They may also help cut flu complications like pneumonia. That's especially important for people at higher risk of complications, like people who have heart or lung conditions, are over 65, or have a weakened immune system. Anti-virals can't substitute for a flu shot, though.

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A dry, hacking cough usually can be one of the worst symptoms of a cold or the flu, but fortunately there are many ways to calm it. Over the counter medicines can help suppress a cough, while a humidifier and gargling give much needed moisture and control. "A bonus to gargling warm salt water: It may help reduce inflammation and make a sore throat feel better."

Stuffy noses can also lead to congestion in your ears. If your ears feel achy or up to the brim, relieve the pressure and pain with a decongestant. There's a right way to blow your nose, and honking hard isn't it! The pressure from blowing forcefully can not only lead to an earache, it might force mucus back into your sinuses, says an expert. Let's blow it out, to relieve nasal congestion, press your finger over one nostril, then blow gently. What then, decongesting can help clear a stuffy nose so you won't have to keep on blowing, may not as much. 

Over the counter? 
Decongestant sprays can work wonders for reducing nasal swelling and congestion, but their power can have a price. If you use them for more than 3 days in a row, you may get symptom rebound, meaning worse nasal swelling when the medication wears off. With a cold or the flu, comes a runny nose which can produce yellow, white, or even greenish mucus. But seek immediate professional advise especially if it's on one side.

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Yes don't have a go at your already irritating cough. You need to stay well-hydrated when you're sick, but try to avoid citrus juices if you have a cough. While the vitamin C is good for your body, the acids in citrus can make your cough symptoms go wild and wayward.

Simple foods such as tea and soup help keep your strength up when you're sick, and both may offer much needed symptom relief and not withstanding their ability to quench a lost appetite. The steam from tea or soup can help clear nasal passages. Both keep you hydrated and both help relieve a sore throat. Heresy, research suggests chicken soup may even reduce inflammation.

 A lukewarm bath or sponge bath may help lower a fever when you're fluish. But get out of the bath if you start to shiver. If the water isn't warm enough, that canuy make your fever worse. You can also reduce a fever by increasing fluids, removing extra clothes, and taking fever-reducing medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Be sure to read the label because cold medicines might also have these ingredients. If your fever stays above 103 F longer than two hours after treatment, or if your fever lasts longer than two days, call your doctor right away.

A considerable percentage of the people we meet on the street are people who are empty inside, that is, they are actually already dead. It is fortunate for us that we do not see and do not know it. If we knew what a number of people are actually dead and what a number of these dead people govern our lives, we should go mad with horror.

Passing the flu along, strangely doesn't mean you need to know about having it. You may be contagious with the flu up to a day before symptoms first appear and remain contagious for as many as five days after. Children can be contagious for a week or more. Stay home from work or school for at least 24 hours after the fever goes away without the help of fever reducing medicines.

Strangely it's advisable to have a flu jab when required or when the individual is vulnerably listed.

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