H1 N1 Stay Healthy Tips
Dr. Helise Bichefsky
H1 N1 a.k.a the Swine Flu is packing
a pretty heavy punch this season. With a pandemic like this, it's
almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with the virus.
As many physicians agree, contact with H1 N1 is not so much of a problem
as the proliferation of it can be. Practicing a few of the preventative
tips below can help decrease or halt virus activity, keep you from getting
sick and help stave off the development of secondary infections.
- Frequent hand washing is
always important. Wash with soap and warm water for at least 15
to 20 seconds. If necessary, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or
gel sanitizer can also be used.
- Keep your hands off your
face-- The only portals of entry for the virus are through the nostrils
and mouth. Resist touching any part of your face to keep germs from
- Gargle twice a day with
warm salt water (substitute Listerine or Hydrogen Peroxide if preferred). H1
N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity
to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents
- Try to clean your nostrils
once every day with warm salt water or hydrogen peroxide. Jala Neti
or Sutra Neti are excellent Yoga asanas that clean nasal cavities. But
if you're not familiar with those, blowing the nose and swabbing both
nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water will help control
the viral population.
- Boost your natural immunity
with Vitamin C rich foods, such as citrus fruits. When supplementing
with Vitamin C tablets, Zinc can help boost absorption.
- Drink warm liquids (tea,
coffee, etc). Warm liquids help wash off proliferating viruses from
the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or
do any harm.
More information about flu diagnosis
is available at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/diagnosis/. Always check with your physician whenever
you have any questions about symptoms. Visit www.agelesshealthonline.com for more information from Dr. Helise Bichefsky.