A specific group of viruses known as the influenza
causes the Flu
Our experts answer your questions on cold and flu problems. Learn more
Is it a cold or the flu?
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The cold life cycle
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During periods where you experience excessive stress, fatigue or prolonged exposure to infectious agents, your immune system may be too overwhelmed to successfully prevent an infection from occurring.
What is flu?
Flu, shortened from influenza, is an infection of the upper respiratory system which is extremely contagious. Although the common cold and flu share similar symptoms, they are quite different infections. Flu is caused by a specific group of viruses known as the influenza virus whereas colds can be caused by over 200 viruses.
There are a number of different strains of flu, such as swine flu and avian flu (also known as bird flu), with more forming as the virus mutates. This is why people continue to come down with the flu each year and that there is the need to renew the flu vaccination each winter.
The flu virus can be spread from one person to the next from day one and before symptoms appear. Hence, it is possible to spread the flu before one notices symptoms.
What are the symptoms of the flu?
- Dry cough
- Nasal congestion
- Dense yellow-green nasal secretions
- Lack of appetite
- Feeling tired
- Muscle soreness and pain
- Sore throat
- Sneezing Chills
- High fever (over 39,5°C/103 °F)
- Acute headache
- Sudden onset of symptoms
Body's first defense
Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) is probably the most famous of all the herbs used for immune function. The most important thing to understand with Echinaforce is that it improves the efficiency of the immune system. This is very different from the commonly held belief that it stimulates the immune system.
Most people do not need their immune system stimulated; often, all that is needed is for the immune system to work more effectively.
Scientists working in the field of phytotherapy now refer to Echinacea as an immunomodulator rather than an immunostimulant. Echinaforce improves the way the
immune system recognises pathogens. Immune system cells
respond more rapidly, increasing the chances that the
pathogen will be dealt with before it can damage the body.
As pathogen recognition is improved, there is less
likelihood that healthy cells will be attacked in error.
With the first signs of tickling in the throat, muscle aches, chills, cough or congestion, Echinaforce® Extra comes to the rescue for fast relief. The active components in Echinaforce Extra are clinically proven to inhibit the replication of infectious agents and triple the rate of phagocytosis - the body’s ‘first defense’.
A.Vogel Echinaforce® Extra-Strength Hot Drink is a natural and effective combination of Echinacea purpurea and Elderberry designed to help combat common cold and flu symptoms and relieve upper respiratory tract infections.
For the relief of mild cold and flu symptoms use Echinaforce® Original Formula:
Drops are Excellent for people with digestive problems, as they do not need to be digested before the active ingredients are released. Tablets are also available for those who find tablets more convenient.
Echinaforce® Junior is recommended for children. It has a pleasant, natural orange flavour. The tablets are tooth friendly and the natural lactose-free sweetness will not affect diabetics.
Symptom Specific Solutions
Cough syrup for dry, tickly, irritating throat coughs.
- Great taste!
- Fresh fresh wild Norway Spruce
- Clinically proven
- Gluten- and lactose-free
Nasal congestion and dense yellow-green nasal secretions
- Non addictive
- Safe and effective>
When it hurts to swallow because of a sore throat, fast relief is needed to reduce discomfort. A.Vogel Echinaforce® Sore Throat Spray:
- Fast acting
- Clinically proven
- Long nozzle targets affected area efficiently
This combination of echinacea, peppermint and sage is fast acting, cooling and soothing to the throat. It has been clinically shown to be effective and to have an anesthetic effect that is as powerful as the leading pharmaceutical sore throat medication in Europe.
Muscle soreness and pain
- REST, REST, REST
- Drink lots of liquids (soups, broths, water, juices), fluids without caffeine
- Take Vitamin C
- Consider avoiding mucus forming foods such as dairy products
- Avoid "sweets" and sugar added foods as much as possible
- Bryce’s Top Ten Flu-Fighter Tips
When to see the doctor?
In many cases, flu is unpleasant while it lasts but does not require medical attention to get better. However, in some cases it is advisable to see a doctor.
It is important to remember that the flu is not just a bad cold but has the potential to be a serious health risk particularly among children, the elderly and those with an underlying health condition.
If you experience severe or persistent symptoms or develop a complication of the flu such as a persistent cough or severe fever, it may be necessary to go to the doctor. If you are worried about your condition, it is always important to seek medical attention.
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