Flu: Can Anything
Help to Curb the Flu
with Multiple Sclerosis?
it comes to Multiple Sclerosis, MS flu is
a very often a big
problem. I have found, that with my own case of Multiple
Sclerosis, that I can end up with "the flu" much more often throughout
the year, than any other type of infection, that I tend to get each
name for the actual main virus that is called "the flu" is the
Influenza virus. The problem with "the flu" is that it isn't just one
organism, it is actually a
group of different forms of the same virus, that are related.
These related viruses are typically grouped
and called "the flu".
a really big problem, that is often a result of
the Influenza virus, is caused as the virus mutates or changes
forms into other forms that can make it so much more difficult to come
up with a "flu shot" that
can curb or get under control an outbreak of the strains of
flu" that are currently causing more of a wide spread problem during
the current flu season.
is why the strain of the flu virus that is used in flu shots for the
current flu season each year has to be constantly changed. The
people that choose the strain of the flu virus, which is used
making the flu shots, have to choose which strain or strains of the flu
virus that they predict will become more of a problem during the
current "flu season".
decision of which flu strains to use
for the flu shots has to be made at least 4 to 5 months before the "flu
season" starts so that they have time to manufacture extra doses of the
flu shots to try to curb how wide spread the flu
become each year. Sometimes the wrong flu strains are chosen
formulating the flu shots, compared to what strain of the flu becomes a
problem during the current "flu season". When the wrong strain
the flu is chosen, this makes getting a flu shot fairly ineffective for
that particular "flu season".
season change called Fall, which typically runs from the end of August
until the end of September or the beginning of October in the United
States of America, is the time of year
is often called "flu season" for the average person, who
has not been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. But the flu
the average person can last from fall clear through until
is typically called "flu season" for every one else,
who has not been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, often becomes a
much worse problem for those of us, who have been diagnosed with
Multiple Sclerosis. Since Multiple Sclerosis weakens the
system, making it so much easier for us to end up with "the
Multiple Sclerosis can actually set our bodies up to make
"the flu" a much more dangerous situation for us, at times.
Sclerosis tends to make it difficult for our immune systems to fight
off bacteria, viruses and the like. Depending on how our
react to the flu, we can potentially be under so much more of
risk of much more severe cases of the flu that can hospitalize us and
in some cases people have died from the more severe cases of "the flu".
Getting the flu, for those of us with Multiple Sclerosis,
not be taken lightly, but we shouldn't panic either.
thing to keep in mind is that unfortunately, many other
people, who have not been diagnosed with
Multiple Sclerosis, do not take "the flu season" very seriously.
Many of these people will go out to the store, to a movie, to
work, or some place where they are around other people either while
still have "the flu" or after they think that they are finally over
having "the flu", when they are actually still sick or they are
carrier for which ever form of the flu virus that they had
originally. Those of us with Multiple Sclerosis have a much higher
chance of getting the flu when we are around these type of people.
problem is that for those of us diagnosed with Multiple
all year round is actually a potential "flu season" for us,
because of how
Multiple Sclerosis weakens our immune systems to the point
typically much more difficult for our bodies to fight off infections
and much easier for us to end up with a virus that people can carry in
their bodies, while they are not showing any symptoms of having "the
we realize it or not, the flu virus is actually active all year round,
but the majority of people have a strong enough immune system for their
bodies to fight it off most of the time. Those of us with Multiple
Sclerosis often can not fight off the flu virus without some type of
how can we protect ourselves against the flu?
Although MS flu
appears all too often throughout the year, there are natural ways that
can help to boost the immune system to help us to keep from
getting the flu as often.
can help include the following:
* Wash your
with soap and water,
especially after you sneeze or after
you use the bathroom or you touch anything in a public area, that other
people could have touched without washing their hands.
* Wash your
least once a day
(shower, bathe or whatever you call it).
This can be more difficult if you are more disabled because
of the effects of Multiple Sclerosis on your body, to where your hands,
arms, legs or feet can function less, making this more difficult.
up long enough to take a shower or getting into a bath tub can be
difficult to impossible, in some cases. Use a shower chair,
you can or do the best with whatever you can do, even if it is just
washing down most or all of your
skin with soap and water and a wash clothe or whatever you can use
(this is sometimes called a sponge bathe).
* if you have
teach them the importance of washing their hands --
children often spread germs or infections more easily because they
don't always understand the importance of washing their hands often or
they just don't wash their hands as often as they should to prevent the
spread of infections.
* during what
"flu season" for everyone else -- avoid leaving home and being around
other people as much as you can -- typically I
avoid being around people at least 1 month before and 1 month after
season" and this has greatly reduced how often I end up with the flu
during flu season. This can be very difficult to do at times,
but do the best that you can with this and this will help reduce how
sick you can get because of the flu viruses that are going around
during "flu season".
major time around children, if you can , if you don't have children
-- I find this one to be very difficult for me, because even
though I don't have children of my own, I love being around children
and working with children (teaching children, taking care of children,
playing with children, etc.) and I love to see their smiles and how
they are excited about learning about the world around them, but I had
no choice after I was first diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, than to
cut out all activities that I participated in the majority of the time
when I was around and involved in doing things with children, since my
immune system was so weak that I became sick for at least a few weeks
to a few months after I spent time around children.
when you can,
before you have the flu --
this helps to boost the immune system, increase stamina and increase
your resistance to coming down with the flu (so that you end up with
the flu less often). Exercising needs to be done in a way to
increase your blood flow (things that get your heart pumping more blood
to increase oxygen flow).
doesn't mean that you have to do these things forever, but if you
find that you need to do these things to reduce how often you are sick
from an infection, or to give your immune system a period of time to
recover and rebuild your immune system, you do what you can to reduce
how often the
infections take hold of your body and to reduce how severe each
infection can become.
some major infections within the
first 2 to
5 years after I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis that lasted for 3
to 6 months at a time and being on antibiotics for an extended period
of time just made my immune system weaker and weaker. So, I had to make
some extreme changes for a few years to give my body a chance to build
up my immune system again, so that my body could fight off infections
there anything that can help us to get the flu under control more
quickly, if we do come
down with the flu?
found ways, both natural and alternative, that heave helped my
body to fight off the flu much more quickly than it would have been
able to do on its own.
I have found, that have helped me, for reducing the
severity and frequency of
herbs to boost
the immune system
-- these can include Echinacea,
goldenseal, Astralagus and others. Echinacea can not be taken
more than 2 weeks at a time and I typically take it for the first 2
weeks after I realize that I am getting sicker more often or when I
first suspect that I may have some type of infection. I don't
take Echinacea as often for the flu though. Astralagus can be
taken daily more often, but I don't take anything more often than I
have to for boosting my immune system, to give my body a break
should not used buy people that have hay fever or allergies
to the plant called "golden rod".
help to boost the immune system -- the most important
vitamin, in my opinion, is vitamin D, because I have found that taking 6,000
iu to 7,000 iu of DRY vitamin D daily has help to keep my
immune system much stronger and helped prevent me from getting the flu
as often as well as helping my body to get rid of the flu sooner.
that help to boost the immune system can include:
* Zinc --
this vitamin needs to be taken with vitamin B6
or Pyridoxine and vitamin B1
or Thiamine to help the zinc to absorb better. Those of us
diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis tend to be low in our levels of zinc.
Zinc can also obtained from eating larger of green leafy
vegetables like kale. Kale also be ground whole or juiced to
concentrate the nutrients from the kale. A glass or 2 of the green
juice can be drunk each day to help to boost the amounts of B vitamins,
iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium and other vitamin levels in our bodies.
-- this mineral can help to boost the immune system. Doctors
run a blood test to determine if more of this vitamin is needed for
your particular case of Multiple Sclerosis. Typically those
MS are low in selenium and often a supplement of 100 mcg to 200 mcg are
added to take for boosting the levels in the body.
also a homeopathic
that I take at the first sign of the flu. This homeopathic
can be purchased at many super markets and health food or vitamin
stores through out most of the USA. I'm not as certain where
how you can get this remedy outside of the USA, but it is definitely
worth searching for. The manufacturer of the brand of this
that I use is made by the company named Boiron, that is a company based
in France, with a branch in the USA. This means that it is
likely available throughout Europe and other countries outside of the
also be able to purchase this homeopathic remedy on
the Internet. I keep several extra boxes of this homeopathic
remedy around, since I tend to get the flu way too often and I keep
this remedy around so that I have it when I need it. I
had many times where this homeopathic hasn't made the flu symptoms go
away in more than a day or two, but that doesn't mean that this remedy
works for all forms of the flu. At least there is something
can help those of us with Multiple Sclerosis to fight off the flu more
easily and more quickly, the majority of the time.
For me, I
a combination of taking vitamin D and zinc, along with herbs (if I feel
that I need it -- I don't always need to take the herbs) and I more
often than not need to take the homeopathic remedy to help me to get
rid of the flu much sooner and reduce its effects when I do have the
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