Canadian researchers say we spread more viral particles when taking painkillers for flu, and may suffer for longer, than if we battle on unmedicated.
One probability is that drugs lower fever and viruses find it harder to replicate at a body temperature over 37c. In other words, fever kills off the virus, so it's doing us good.
A professor from the University of Southampton, said,
'Ibuprofen suppresses inflammation, and it's possible it also suppresses an important part of the body's response to infection.'
Read more tips to show how a bit of discomfort in other areas will help your body stay fit in the long run.
I learned from a co-worker in the hospitality business about the curative powers of garlic. At the first sign of a cold or flu, cut up two cloves into sizes that are easy to swallow. Do not chew or you'll have garlic breath. The lumps will dissolve in the stomach and the natural biotic will attack the cold/flu virus. Swallow one sectioned clove a day for the next two days. It works.
More than 10 million people in the UK get headaches, making them one of the most common health complaints. And they haven't counted me because I never report the few headaches I suffer from.
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Most headaches aren't serious and can be treated with pharmacy remedies and lifestyle changes, such as getting more rest and drinking enough fluids.
Headaches have many different causes but can generally be split into two types:
primary headaches – those not due to another underlying health problem
secondary headaches – which have a separate cause, such as illness
Tension headaches are the most common, and what we think of as normal everyday headaches.
They feel like a dull ache with constant pressure around the front, top and sides of the head as if a rubber band has been stretched around it.
Stress is one cause, but there are lots of others, including drinking too much alcohol, not getting enough sleep, depression, skipping meals and becoming dehydrated.
If a headache is recurrent and disabling to the point of stopping you from carrying on with daily life, it may be a migraine.
Secondary headaches that come on after drinking too much alcohol or after a head injury or concussion.
You may also get a headache when you've had: a cold, flu, an allergic reaction, sinusitis.
But Some headaches are a side effect of taking a particular medication and frequent headaches can also be caused by taking too many painkillers.
Pain in the head is rare for me. However, when the dull ache becomes too difficult to take, I am inclined to resort to natural remedies first. My German co-writer and friend, Edith Parzefall sent me a packet of crystallized ginger to make up the weight in a box of books she'd signed. I really have to be at my wit's end to chew a few cubes. The ginger stings the mouth with so much pain that the headache dulls in significance.
How do you handle headache or colds?