Got a cold? A Physicians Perspective
This past week I’ve seen many people coming in with various forms of an upper respiratory infection; head colds, sinusitis, chest colds and the like. Its not surprising, as cold temperatures, damp weather and unpredictable conditions outside provide bacteria and viruses with a smorgasbord of opportunities to infect the unsuspecting person.
For people with children in the house, it often turns into a not so merry-go-round of recycled infections transferred from child to parent and back again. Fortunately, there is help out there for those who suffer from this cycle.
An ounce of prevention...
Is certainly worth far more than a pound of cure! Staying warm, being well hydrated, with proper nutrition are fundamentals of health that truly are required for proper immune system function. Providing your body with the micro-nutrients it needs for strong immunity is possible with supplementation. Vitamins A & C, zinc and flavonoids found in dark berries are just a few things that strengthen the immune system and enable us to resist infection.
When a pound of cure is indicated...
The preventive steps all apply here as well. Rest, good hydration and nutrition can’t be over emphasized! To give my patients the help their immune system needs to resolve the infection, I often prescribe:
- Flucomune (see my post on Ayush Herbs)
- Phyto Immune by Biogenesis
- Thymucin by Integrative Therapeutics
Which product or combination of products I use depends upon the patient’s presenting symptoms. All three products are strong stimulators of the immune system, kill germs dead and help my patients feel better quickly. As a physician, I am constantly exposed to these types of infections, and during this peak season, I use these products myself in addition to the preventive steps to keep my own immune system healthy and allow me to provide the care my patients need, when they need it.
For parents with school age children, it is important to rule out strep throat, and to treat upper respiratory infections promptly to prevent worsening infection or complications from the Streptococcus infection.
For elderly and immune compromised people, it is vital to be seen at initial onset of any upper respiratory infections to prevent progression to deeper respiratory infections such as pneumonia.
If you have any questions about which products to take, email us and we will share our knowledge and expertise with you. If you are feeling unwell, schedule an appointment to be seen in-office so that you can get the care you need.
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