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The changes in the body after flu season

Как меняется организм после сезона простудThe unexpected complications of seasonal viruses

Most colds and influenza – a viral infection, and viruses can weaken connective tissue in our body.


It turns out that there is a direct relationship between the flu and a sore back, says the candidate of medical Sciences, doctor, spine specialist spinal surgery Igor Borshchenko, “Most colds and influenza – a viral infection, and viruses can weaken connective tissue in our body. It is part of bones, cartilage, ligaments, tendons. Often patients say: I suffered a flu, and then began to ache. In fact, the flu virus, of course, affects the spine itself, but the connective tissue may be affected”.

The second movement, which appear with acute cold. We cough, sneeze, and this uncoordinated muscle spasms. They in turn can damage the spine just from the strain.

And third, perhaps the most serious moment. The viral infection weakens the immune system. Against this background, aktiviziruyutsya bacteria that live on the human body if there is chronic sources of infection in teeth, kidneys and other organs. So, bacteria can be flow of blood to the spine, disk, or even in the body of the vertebra. And then there is purulent inflammation spondylitis or spondylodiscitis.

Tip: if recovering from a cold or flu you feel is a problem in the back, wasting no time to consult a doctor. First, see a physician and he will determine to whom to direct you further, orthopedist, neurologist, etc.


Viral infections, whether colds or flu are very insidious. They prudently behave in the body and settle where they want. One of the consequences of such “squatting” – inflammation in the peripheral nervous system.

“Hence the weakness (although you already kind of recovered), lethargy or irritability, poor sleep, causeless anxiety and even panic attacks. If after suffering a cold you begin to notice something before is not the case with you, symptoms on “nerves”, it makes sense to consult a neurologist or immunologist,” – said the doctor immunologist Elena Milovidova.


One of the most unpleasant effects of colds and sore throats – neuritis of the facial or trigeminal nerve, warns neurologist Anna Gorenkova. Sometimes they can honk of his acute pain in one side of the face. But often are and painless form: people feel only light tingling in the skin, outer corner of the eye and lip area with one side of the face omitted, the face begins to seem unbalanced. Any-medication – need urgent blood test and PCR test for the pathogen, which shows that it was the cause of neuritis – the virus, bacteria or fungus. And only then can assign the correct treatment.


Normally we lose up to 200 hairs a day. But if after a cold they fell just beams lost their luster and began to seem thin and lifeless, then your body in the battle with infection has lost a lot of vitamins and minerals.

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“Supposedly “antiviral” drugs and all kinds of “adjuvants,” which in a season littered with shelves of pharmacies, the flu of little help, but regularly violate the absorption of intestinal nutrients, says dermatologist Hope Chervinsky. – And this leads to the fact that it can occur even diffuse alopecia, there is a strong beam hair loss. But it is fixable. In the post-cold period, the hair in need of nourishing diet (good bring masks with retinol, aloe Vera, extracts from marine algae), vitamin E (every day, eat two tablespoons of olive or linseed oil), With (in a day or two of orange or half a lemon) and Selene (best sources: brewer’s yeast, garlic, Brazil nuts)”.


As told by the cardiologist Tamara Ogieva, very often, the flu and SARS cause violations of vascular tone. At high temperatures the load on the circulatory system increases significantly. Cough and cold medications (such as Coldrex, Theraflu and other media) increase sensitivity of heart to adrenaline. And so loved the people of vasoconstrictive drops cause spasms of the vessels, and if they get hooked, and hypertension. One of the most dangerous complications of influenza – myocarditis i.e. inflammation of heart muscle.

So after the disease is not superfluous to “clean” the blood and the vessels. A glass of pomegranate juice (or half a large fresh pomegranate) daily – tested method to clean up the blood after respiratory infections. It contains enzymes that stimulate production of red blood cells – red blood cells. And binders grenade facilitate the expulsion of phlegm from the bronchi. But at high acidity of gastric juice in its pure form is contraindicated – it is better to mix it with carrot.

The phytotherapist Elena Korsun advises 2-3 weeks after a cold is to use herbs that will help to cope with the effects of hypoxia (i.e. oxygen starvation). Is Linden flowers, grass clover and clover. They can be brewed as a tea: a teaspoon of each herb per Cup of boiling water and drink 1-2 times a day. And can be filtered decoction to wash the nose – it helps to restore the mucous membranes after a cold.

Also to put in order vessels after a cold will help sweet warm spices – cardamom, cloves, cinnamon. You can add them to the collection of herbs or tea.

Cold is the friend of obesity

“Over the past 20 years has accumulated a lot of evidence that certain viruses may contribute to weight gain – said molecular biologist Garik Mkrtchyan. These viruses trigger the body’s processes that lead to increased growth of adipose tissue cells – adipocytes. Because of this, people develop obesity”.

The number of “pests”, as it turned out, are primarily common adenoviruses. They “give” us the main symptoms of colds: runny nose, sore throat, cough, can cause inflammation of the mucous membrane of eyes (conjunctivitis). Adenoviruses are transmitted by airborne droplets, through saliva and unwashed hands.

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“Of course, it is obese to get impossible, but you can catch the adenovirus, which contributes to obesity,” – says the expert. Often our immune system without any problems cope with the adenoviruses – we are pretty easily transferable colds and recover. But if the immune system is weakened, the infection can linger long in the body and not only lead to the long-familiar complications (otitis, sinusitis, pharyngitis, etc.), but also stimulate weight gain.

This is another good reason not to run cold, not to carry them on his feet and a stricter adherence to the rules of hygiene including basic hand washing, say the doctors.

By the way, the artful nuance: if a person is already overweight then the excess fat tissue in itself provokes inflammation in the body, undermining the immune system. And this creates favorable conditions for the “settling” of the adenovirus, which further accelerates weight gain. So, dropping the extra pounds, you not only support the immune system, and reduce the risk of getting fat even more.

By the way, the researchers hope that the detailed study of “manipulation” of adenovirus in the body will help to develop a vaccine that will protect from obesity caused by a cold.

The virus is transmitted by gender

So, it would seem that we just don’t know about the flu. So drat, a new discovery! American infectious disease found that the risk of catching SARS and influenza from people of your own gender above three times as much. Roughly speaking – boys are more likely to become infected from boys, ladies from girls.

Scientists have conducted research on children: watched griphouse elementary school in Pennsylvania. In the experiment, was attended by about 370 children. The first thing you noticed Aesculapius, contamination between classmates also occurs five times faster than between children from different classes.

Then became apparent another relationship: the odds of getting the flu significantly increased in contacts of children with members of their own sex, in contrast to the opposite. Boys are three times more likely to have contracted the virus from boys, girls – from girls. The older children were, the more evident the infection of SARS and influenza by gender.

Experts believe that, probably, business in hormones and the endocrine glands of men and women. Resulting in our bodies, the viruses behave a little differently and are more willing to “jump” to one sex.

But this topic requires more study. If the assumption is confirmed, then maybe soon will create vaccination “for boys” and vaccines “for girls”?

And scientists noticed that the main “reservoir” of cold virus – the skin. Because the risk of Contracting SARS and influenza during a handshake several times higher than with the kiss.

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