Flu Relief for the Elderly

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The Flu is a virus that is not necessarily a severe threat to everyone that catches it. However, for the elderly, this particular virus could be a potential risk to life. Complications can set in and other ailments can occur, making it more serious for those over the age of 65. By taking various preventative measures and through relieving symptoms before they take a hold, the Flu does not need to be as dangerous as it could be.

How to Recognise Initial Flu Symptoms

It is important to be able to detect the first symptoms of Flu, in order to begin the appropriate Flu relief medication. Symptoms tend to include:

  • Runny nose
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Body aches
  • Shivers and chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • High temperature

As soon as the first symptoms occur, plenty of fluids should be administered and the patient should get as much rest as possible. To get relief from the aches and pains, paracetamol or ibuprofen can be given, along with warm salty water for the throat and nasal sprays for the nose.

Antiviral Medication

There is a Flu jab which is now offered to all people over the age of 65, which can prevent the onset of the virus. There are side effects, which should be taken into consideration before taking the medication.

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Phytorelief 

Phytorelief supplement lozenges have been developed to fight the Flu virus before it takes a hold. The ingredients have been carefully selected in order to boost the immune system and defend against the onslaught of the virus. Curcuma, Ginger and Pomegranate work together to provide relief at the onset and during the illness.

More widely known as Turmeric, Curcuma has been used for thousands of years for treating many ailments. It can be used for soothing digestive problems, diabetes and bacterial infections, as well as viral infections.

Ginger is regularly used in cold and Flu remedies because of its ability to help fight off viruses. It stops the virus from attaching itself to the cells in the body, thereby speeding up the time that the virus can be flushed out of the system.

Pomegranate is high in antioxidants and has been shown to be beneficial for heart disease and strokes by reducing the amount of plaque in the arteries. Punicalagin, which is the antioxidant found in the pomegranate, is responsible for fighting oxidative stress within the body, which in turn, helps to combat any viruses entering the bloodstream.

Preventative measures are always preferable to dealing with the Flu virus itself, so although there are many ways that relief can be found, by paying attention to your diet and well-being, the virus may be fought before it has even got started.