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by admin - March 23rd, 2009.
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Meanwhile, the standard medical treatment for either a cold or flu b to drink plenty of fluids, to take an aspirin every four hours, and—if fewer is present—to stay in bed. (Usually, fever occurs only with flu.)

Aspirin apart this is sound advice. Drink plenty of water or fresh vegetable or diluted fruit juices. If you have a fever, stay in bed until your temperature drops to normal. And although the benefits of aspirin are debatable, taking one every four hours can temporarily relieve the discomfort of muscular aches and pains and it may lower your fever.

However, aspirin has such toxicity that if it were discovered today, many authorities believe it would be available only by prescription. Aspirin relieves pain by blocking production of prostaglandins, hormone-like substances released by the body to produce inflammation. Aspirin, or its substitute acetaminophen, are both used to temporarily relieve muscle ache, fever and chills, throat distress and fatigue.

Unless you are allergic to aspirin, you will probably find it effective. But in suppressing symptoms such as fever or inflammation, aspirin may well be counter-productive to the body’s efforts to heal itself. For example, reducing fever may prolong the infection. Likewise, by suppressing prostaglandin production throughout the body, aspirin may inhibit the supply of prostaglandins that protect the stomach lining, thereby causing stomach upset and possible mild bleeding.

The continued use of aspirin to relieve cold or flu may lead to reduced immunocompetence.

For example, nasal inflammation is an essential defense mechanism of the immune system and is used to limit spread infection. In the process, sensory nerves are compressed by the swelling and pain results. Aspirin relieves the swelling by destroying a key enzyme required for the synthesis of the prostaglandin that causes inflammation. By preventing inflammation, aspirin relieves pressure on nerves and pain disappears, in the process, aspirin retards the healing of viral infections. In feet contiguous aspirin use exacerbates imunnodeficiency and it reduces immunocompetence.

If aspirin is held in the mouth instead of being swallowed immediately, it can cause burning and irritation to the lining of the mouth and throat. U can also cause ringing in the ears and irritation to ulcers. Aspirin substitutes have also caused a drop in blood pressure with possible damage to liver or kidneys.

Youngsters below the early twenties in age are also being urged to avoid taking aspirin or salicylate-containing medication when suffering from flu-like symptoms as the drug has been linked with Reye’s Syndrome, a dangerous neurological disease that can cause death or lifelong impairment of the liver or brain.

Some researchers also suspect that aspirin causes an increase in the number of viruses in the nose. While a small amount over a short period can probably be tolerated without serious harm, aspirin or its substitutes do nothing at all to cure or shorten the duration of a cold of influenza.

Small doses of codeine will also provide temporary relief from cough symptoms and the aches and pains of flu. But codeine has considerable toxicity and is available as a single ingredient drug only by prescription.


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