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What Is The Incubation Period For Flu
Incubation Period For Flu
Understanding the root causes that led to a flu are essential to outlining a tailored healing strategy that works. Chances are, either you're here because you'll want to nail the culprit, or simply because you are beginning to feel a little woozy and want to know how long you have before you get sick(er).
Whatever your motivation may be, I have tried to be concise by condensing as much information as possible so that you will be on your way in a couple of minutes at most. As always, be advised that my research and advice in no way substitutes a trip to a medical professional! But if you'd prefer a quick rundown of facts regarding the flu and it's incubation period, you've come to the right place!
Flu Incubation Facts
It can take as little as a couple of days to develop the symptoms of influenza after having contracted it. Most cases of the flu will involve an incubation period of one to four days. Here is a list of ways you could have initially been exposed to the virus:
- Direct Exposure - If someone directly sneezed or coughed on you. This is unfortunately a very common occurrence in close quarters such as on public transportation, school or in a busy area. But by far the most cases of the flu are transmitted indirectly.
- Indirect Exposure - The flu is highly contagious, which means that all it takes is brief, indirect contact to come down the flu. A couple of common scenarios are touching doorknobs, railings, handles or other commonly gripped accessories that have been touched by someone who had the flu before you. A person with the flu can sneeze and contaminate anything within three feet with high contagious droplets which are easily picked up.
There are a number of ways you can help prevent transmission. Carrying an anti-septic handwash and using it every so often can help neutralize hand to mouth transmission. It is best used after any kind of trip through a crowded area, and before and after eating.
Taking a flu vaccination has been proven to reduce your chances of developing one, but other considerations have made flu vaccinations something of a hot-topic. Personally, I'm all for it.
Your health also depends on others, so don't shy away from urging family members and children to take extra precautions. Children under 2 (because they have no had the time to build an efficient immune system yet) are particularly vulnerable and should be shielded constantly during flu seasons.
Fighting The Flu Naturally
If you feel the onset of the flu (read below for symptoms), here are a number of natural home remedies you can employ to fight it before it develops fully.
- Drink a lot of water to help the body flush out toxins.
- Herbal supplements such as garlic and echinacea have antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Take vitamin D.
- Strengthen your immune system with yogurt.
- Get lots of rest.
Here are some tell-tale signs you either have, or are developing a flu and that it's time to take a time-out from your everyday social life.
- A fever.
- Dry coughing, sneezing or a runny nose.
- General fatigue and malaise.
- Headaches and feelings of compression of the skull.
- Muscle aches and pains.
Remember that if you feel any of these symptoms, even mildly, then you are contagious. Once you have been explosed to the virus, you can then pass it on, even without symptoms. The same goes for once you think it has cleared up. Always be extra careful of contagion for a few days after you feel better. Children usually remain contagious longer than adults (sometimes over seven days).
This concludes this rather short and concise article on flu incubation. For any comments, criticisms of suggestions, please use the comments section below and I'll get back to you as soon as humanly possible!