According to The Star, flu is described as a highly contagious viral infection targeting the respiratory system. In tropical countries like Malaysia and Singapore, it occurs all year round, with peak seasons occurring during October to January and April to June.

People who are in the high-risk group are as below:

  • Babies less than the age of 6 months
  • Adults more than 65 years old
  • Pregnant women
  • People with weak immune system
  • People suffering chronic illnesses
  • Childcare or nursing home workers

While a cold develops gradually over one or two days and you are possibly contagious during the early stages when you have a runny nose and sore throat. Normally after few days, you should begin to feel better but some colds can last up to two weeks.

 

Symptoms of Cold and Flu

Cold and flu symptoms are similar but flu tends to be more severe. Colds will cause more nasal problems than flu, while flu will cause more fever, fatigue and muscle aches.

The cold and flu symptoms including:

  • Blocked or a runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Headaches
  • Cough
  • Sneezing
  • Pressure in ears and face
  • Loss of taste and smell
  • Fever
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Feeling exhausted

Instead of medicines, there are many natural treatments that can alleviate the symptoms of cold and flu.  Below here is the 5 natural treatments:

  1. Garlic

A natural antibiotic, anti-fungal, and antibacterial.

  1. Ginger

If consumed in capsule form, ginger can greatly help with nausea and vomiting associated with the flu. It also helps to relieve high fever and headache.

  1. Elderberry

Supporting the body (especially the respiratory system) especially during flu.

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  1. Vitamin C

The best vitamin for cold and flu, vitamin C in large amounts can greatly speed recovery.

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  1. Probiotics

Restoring the good bacteria in the gut that can help boost up the immune system considerably.

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