Infections Diseases

VIRAL
INFECTION

A virus is a tiny infectious agent that reproduces inside the cells of living hosts. When infected, the host cell is forced to rapidly produce thousands of identical copies of the original virus. Unlike most living things, viruses do not have cells that divide; new viruses assemble in the infected host cell. But unlike simpler infectious agents like prions, they contain genes, which allow them to mutate and evolve. Over 4,800 species of viruses have been described in detail out of the millions in the environment. Their origin is unclear: some may have evolved from plasmids—pieces of DNA that can move between cells—while others may have evolved from bacteria.

Examples

Measles

Rubella

Chickenpox/shingles

Roseola

Smallpox

Fifth disease

Chikungunya virus infection

VIRAL INFECTION
chicken pox

CHICKEN
POX

Chickenpox, also known as varicella, is a highly contagious disease caused by the initial infection with varicella zoster virus  The disease results in a characteristic skin rash that forms small, itchy blisters, which eventually scab over. It usually starts on the chest, back, and face. It then spreads to the rest of the body. Other symptoms may include fever, tiredness, and headaches. Symptoms usually last five to seven days. Complications may occasionally include pneumonia, inflammation of the brain, and bacterial skin infections. The disease is often more severe in adults than in children. Symptoms begin 10 to 21 days after exposure to the virus.
Chickenpox is an airborne disease which spreads easily from one person to the next through the coughs and sneezes of an infected person. It may be spread from one to two days before the rash appears until all lesions have crusted over. It may also spread through contact with the blisters. The disease can usually be diagnosed based on the presenting symptom.

INFLUENZA

Influenza, commonly known as “the flu”, is an infectious disease caused by an influenza virus. Symptoms can be mild to severe. The most common symptoms include: high fever, runny nose, sore throat, muscle and joint pain, headache, coughing, and feeling tired. These symptoms typically begin two days after exposure to the virus and most last less than a week. The cough, however, may last for more than two weeks. In children, there may be diarrhoea and vomiting, but these are not common in adults. Diarrhoea and vomiting occur more commonly in gastroenteritis, which is an unrelated disease and sometimes inaccurately referred to as “stomach flu” or the “24-hour flu”. Complications of influenza may include viral pneumonia, secondary bacterial pneumonia, sinus infections, and worsening of previous health problems such as asthma or heart filure.

MEASLES

Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease caused by measles virus. symptoms usually develop 10–12 days after exposure to an infected person and last 7–10 days. Initial symptoms typically include fever, often greater than 40 °C (104 °F), cough, runny nose, and inflamed eyes. Small white spots known as Koplik’s spots may form inside the mouth two or three days after the start of symptoms. A red, flat rash which usually starts on the face and then spreads to the rest of the body typically begins three to five days after the start of symptoms.
Measles is an airborne disease which spreads easily from one person to the next through the coughs and sneezes of infected people. It may also be spread through direct contact with mouth or nasal secretions. It is extremely contagious–nine out of ten people who are not immune and share living space with an infected person will be infected. People are infectious to others from four days before to four days after the start of the rash. While often regarded as a childhood illness, it can affect people of any age. Most people do not get the disease more than once.

MEASLES

Each child has their own pattern of falling ill and will experience different symptoms in a childhood illness. For example, one child may feel hot with a high fever, while another may feel chilly and shiver. Another may be irritable, intolerant of any disturbance and need to be kept warm, while another may feel achy and restless, may moan and complain. One child may sweat profusely, be thirsty, and slightly delirious; another may want company or prefer to be alone. Each child with a fever or illness may need a different homeopathic remedy depending on their emotional state and general symptoms.
Homeopathic treatment can help at all stages of a childhood illness: with an itchy rash or painful, swollen glands; with an accompanying cough or sore, sticky eyes; and children usually recover more quickly and easily—and without complications. Antibiotic treatment is ineffective for viral infections (except scarlet fever which is bacterial) and will only add to your child’s stress load. Avoid them during this time and use homeopathic remedies to help stimulate your child’s inner healer.

FLU

Viruses invade cells in your body and use components of those cells to help them multiply. This process often damages or destroys infected cells. A viral disease is any illness or health condition caused by a virus.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis B

Human papillomavirus (HPV)

Influenza

Japanese encephalitis (inflammation of the brain)

Measles, mumps, and rubella

Polio

Rabies

Homoeopathy as a modern scientific system of medicine has the potential to provide solution to this. Due to the rapid resistance of the influenza vaccines to presently available antiviral drugs and the emergence of various influenza strains as a consequence of reassortment, climatic changes, and rapid globalization, there is a significant need for the proper health-care system and the search of specific antiviral drugs. During the progress of vaccine knowledge, influenza viruses may come up with a new strain, which may bring new challenges. Hence, complementary and alternative medicine mode of treatment may provide a substitute approach as a potential preventive and therapeutic strategy.

Homoeopathy has been reportedly used with variable degree of success in influenza, cholera, and other epidemics for 200 years. “The study has huge data and we need more research into the effectiveness of homoeopathic preparations in preventing infectious diseases, complications, and the economic viability of a homoeopathic approach”.