Cold and Flu Relief
Navigating Cold, Flu, and Virus Symptoms
In the United States, the cold and flu season typically arrives around October and lingers until May, reaching its peak between December and February. Each year varies in terms of the number of people affected and the severity of the illnesses.
Distinguishing the Common Cold from the Flu
The common cold and the flu (influenza) often present similar symptoms, making it challenging to differentiate between them. Generally, the flu is more severe than the common cold, manifesting with symptoms such as fever, body aches, fatigue, and a dry cough. Conversely, the common cold typically involves a runny nose, congestion, and sneezing. Both conditions are common, contagious, short-term, and typically manageable without medical intervention.
High-Risk Flu Patients
Certain individuals, including young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with chronic illnesses or weakened immune systems, are considered high-risk for influenza and its complications. They should consult their doctor if they experience flu-like symptoms.
Deciphering Viral and Bacterial Infections
While bacteria can be harmless or even beneficial, most viruses are pathogenic and lead to disease. Viruses hijack healthy cells to replicate, causing various illnesses, including the common cold and flu, which cannot be treated with antibiotics.
Common bacterial infections include strep throat and urinary tract infections, which can be managed with antibiotics. However, the widespread use of antibiotics has led to antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria, posing risks and emphasizing the importance of limited antibiotic use. Some infections, such as pneumonia, ear infections, and sinusitis, may be bacterial or viral in origin.
Managing Cold and Flu Symptoms
Many individuals resort to over-the-counter medications to alleviate cold and flu symptoms. However, these medications may carry side effects and may not always provide complete relief.
The Lymphatic System, Central Nervous System, and Chiropractic Care
The lymphatic system, composed of organs, lymph nodes, lymph ducts, and vessels, plays a vital role in transporting lymph, a clear/white fluid containing white blood cells and chyle, from tissues to the bloodstream. This system is integral to the immune system, with lymph nodes generating immune cells to combat infections.
Lymphatic fluid is propelled throughout the body via the musculoskeletal system, relying on muscle contractions and movements. Additionally, research published in Nature in June 2015 revealed a connection between the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and the lymphatic system.
These intricate connections between the musculoskeletal system, central nervous system, and lymphatic system help elucidate how chiropractic adjustments can enhance immune system function. Chiropractic care targets subluxations in the spine, where vertebrae may shift out of position, impeding proper communication within the central nervous system and hampering musculoskeletal movement.
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