Video: ❶ How Not To Treat Acute Respiratory Infections
Acute respiratory diseases are transmitted by airborne droplets and primarily affect the respiratory system. The speed of recovery depends on the choice of the correct treatment tactics, so you need to figure out which treatment will help the body, and which, on the contrary, will harm it. Location: Location:
Acute respiratory diseases are called a whole group of diseases with a similar clinical course. Most often, acute respiratory infections are caused by viruses; bacterial infection is present only in 10% of cases. Children are especially susceptible to such diseases due to the fact that they spend a lot of time in a close-knit team (kindergarten, school). In such conditions, the disease is quickly transmitted from one child to another, as a result of which acute respiratory infections often occur.
However, in the autumn-winter period, due to the impact on the body of low temperatures and the seasonal decrease in immunity, adults also become susceptible to acute respiratory diseases, as a result of which outbreaks of the disease occur in all age groups.
Even the mildest ARI needs treatment. It is not necessary to rush to buy all the drugs available in the pharmacy, it is enough just to lie down at home for a couple of days, to support your body with herbal teas and vitamin drinks. Many try to endure the disease on their feet, continue to go to work, and thus harm not only themselves, but also those around them, being a source of infection.
But there is also another extreme. Some patients resort directly to heavy artillery, starting with antibiotics at the first sign of illness. Of course, in some cases, they are really needed, but such situations are rare. Indeed, most often the body falls ill due to the attack of viruses, and antibacterial drugs do not have any effect on them. A sure way to understand if antibiotics are needed is with a blood test. Bacterial infections can be determined by leukocytosis in the blood, while a viral disease, on the contrary, causes mild leukopenia.
Even if the cause of the disease is a virus, you should not rush for antiviral drugs. In most cases, the immune system is able to cope with the disease on its own, and the above means are needed only for people suffering from immunodeficiency.
Immunomodulators loved by many patients are also not recommended for the treatment of common acute respiratory infections. Of course, they will boost your immune system and speed up your recovery, but by doing so they will do you a disservice. The body, accustomed to fighting the disease with the help of such means, simply cannot cope with it on its own next time. Do not allow the immune system to relax, do not interfere with its work, otherwise acute respiratory infections will recur with unenviable constancy.