Flu - Symptoms, Causes

Image showing child flu patient
Influenza, which is commonly called flu, is often a season disease/infection/illness. Being a viral infection, it can spread easily from an infected person to a healthy person, and sometimes prove to be deadly, particularly in high-risk groups like kids, the elderly, pregnant women or others who may have weak immune system. Flu often hits when seasons are changing.  

Flu or influenza disease has caused several epidemics around the globe in the past few decades, claiming many live and leaving a large number of people ill. In the 20th century, at least five massive flu epidemics occurred, and claimed a heavy toll of human life. The deadliest epidemic occurred in 1918-19, when more than 15 million people lost their lives across the world.

Symptoms:

Flu is characterized by symptoms like fever, chills, cough, congestion, runny nose, ache in muscles and joints, headache, weakness and fatigue.

Being a respiratory disease, flu mainly attacks the patient’s nose, throat and lungs. Apart from young kids, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with chronic diseases are at particularly high risk chronic diseases often leave the patients with weak immunity.

Causes:
Doctors say flu is caused by a virus, thus a patient should undergo an incubation period of up to 10 days, depending on the illness’ severity. However, Ayurveda, which call influenza or flu as ‘Vata Sleshmika Jawar,’ say that this disease occurs when the balance of “three doshas – vata, pitta, and kapha” gets disturbed.

Individuals with constipation, diseases of the mucus membrane of the nasal passage or the throat, are at a higher risk of suffering seasonal flu.      


1/21/2017
Flu - Symptoms, Causes
Image showing child flu patient
Influenza, which is commonly called flu, is often a season disease/infection/illness. Being a viral infection, it can spread easily from an infected person to a healthy person, and sometimes prove to be deadly, particularly in high-risk groups like kids, the elderly, pregnant women or others who may have weak immune system. Flu often hits when seasons are changing.  

Flu or influenza disease has caused several epidemics around the globe in the past few decades, claiming many live and leaving a large number of people ill. In the 20th century, at least five massive flu epidemics occurred, and claimed a heavy toll of human life. The deadliest epidemic occurred in 1918-19, when more than 15 million people lost their lives across the world.

Symptoms:

Flu is characterized by symptoms like fever, chills, cough, congestion, runny nose, ache in muscles and joints, headache, weakness and fatigue.

Being a respiratory disease, flu mainly attacks the patient’s nose, throat and lungs. Apart from young kids, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with chronic diseases are at particularly high risk chronic diseases often leave the patients with weak immunity.

Causes:
Doctors say flu is caused by a virus, thus a patient should undergo an incubation period of up to 10 days, depending on the illness’ severity. However, Ayurveda, which call influenza or flu as ‘Vata Sleshmika Jawar,’ say that this disease occurs when the balance of “three doshas – vata, pitta, and kapha” gets disturbed.

Individuals with constipation, diseases of the mucus membrane of the nasal passage or the throat, are at a higher risk of suffering seasonal flu.