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7 good allies you need to know

When the cold comes and we have the flu, we feel the need for warm drinks. Get to know 7 good tea options for the flu.

The cold and the rain have arrived and, as usual, the flu also arrives with them. Find out about the best forms of prevention and find out what flu tea that you should have in your house.

seasonal flu

The flu is a acute viral illness that affects the airways🇧🇷 The flu virus is transmitted through the saliva particles of an infected person, expelled through coughing and sneezing. It can also be transmitted through direct contact with contaminated body parts or surfaces, namely through the hands.

The time that elapses between the moment a person is infected and the appearance of the first symptoms is usually two days, however, this period can vary between one and five days. The contagion period usually starts one to two days before the onset of symptoms, lasting up to seven days later.

The flu tends to be a short-lived illness, whose symptoms have a mild to moderate intensity, and whose complete recovery usually occurs after one or two weeks. Recovery can take longer and the risk of complications greater in risk groups, namely the elderly and the chronically ill.

Flu and constipation are different

The flu and the common cold are the most common respiratory infections in the autumn and winter seasons and, although they share some symptoms, they are different. It is common for some people to think they have the flu when in reality they just have a bad cold.

The flu is far less common. Colds occur, on average, twice a year in each adult. Children can have up to ten colds a year before their immune system develops.

Some of main differences between the flu and the common cold are:

  • fever – rarely present in constipation, tends to be elevated in flu;
  • headache – strong in flu and rare in constipation;
  • body ache – slight in constipation, frequent and intense in flu;
  • fatigue and weakness – slight in constipation, frequent and more intense in flu;
  • exhaustion – intense in the beginning of the flu, absent in the common cold;
  • stuffy nose – occasional in flu, very frequent in cold;
  • sneezing – occasional in flu, very frequent in cold;
  • sore throat – it sometimes appears in the flu, very often in the common cold;
  • cough and feeling of heaviness in the chest – with a cold, the cough is usually dry and tends to be mild to moderate; in the flu, the cough is intense and may be accompanied by expectoration;
  • complications – constipation are commonly associated nasal congestion and the pain of ears; The flu is often associated with bronchitis, pneumonia and otitis.

How to prevent the flu?

Woman disinfecting hands in an alcohol-gel dispenser

The best way to avoid the flu is through annual vaccination, however, there are other important precautions that can help reduce the likelihood of contagion:

1. wash your hands frequently with soap and water. If this is not possible, use disinfectant wipes or alcohol gel;

two. whenever you blow your nose, sneeze or cough your hands must be washed;

3. the infected person should, as far as possible, reduce contact with other people;

4. when sneezing and coughing, it is important to protect your mouth with a tissue or your forearm; hands must not be used for this purpose, as they can contaminate the surfaces they touch;

5. in times of flu it is important, whenever possible, to avoid closed spaces, such as shopping centers and hospital waiting rooms;

6. paper tissues must be thrown away;

7. avoid proximity to people who have flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, muscle aches, shortness of breath, vomiting and diarrhea;

8. avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth without having washed your hands.

Flu vaccine: when and for whom?

In Portugal, the flu peak usually occurs between December and February. Therefore, flu vaccination should ideally take place by the end of the year🇧🇷 Vaccination effectiveness is estimated at 50 to 70% and studies show that vaccinated people, even when they get the flu, generally have milder symptoms.

At people who are at higher risk to suffer complications after the flu should be vaccinated:

  • people aged 65 and over, especially if they live in institutions;
  • people who have chronic lung, heart, kidney or liver disease;
  • people who have diabetes under treatment;
  • people who have other diseases that reduce resistance to infections;
  • pregnant.

Tea for the flu: 7 good allies that you should know

Ginger tea

As we have seen, there are precautions that must be taken to prevent the flu from spreading, however, when it is already present, it is important to alleviate the symptoms and increase the feeling of well-being, and tea for the flu can help.

Of course, tea for flu is not synonymous with curing this respiratory infection, however, it seems to help increase body temperature and increase the feeling of well-being. Choose which flu tea you are going to use this winter.

1. Ginger tea: seen as a good ally for both flu and colds, it has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties;

2. Rosemary tea: in addition to its usefulness in flu situations, it is also recommended in cases of external infections and hoarseness;

3. Carqueja tea: used in constipation, headaches, cough and flu;

4. Echinacea Tea: This plant has numerous benefits. Appears to have anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties and may help prevent flu-associated complications;

5. Tea of ​​everlasting purple: acts on coughs, throat inflammation, bronchitis, headaches and certain problems associated with the vocal cords;

6. Pennyroyal tea: indicated for situations of cold, cough and flu;

7. Eucalyptus tea: useful in cases of cough, asthma, bronchitis, colds and flu.

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