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How Long Infection Persists After Flu Or Cold

by Health Please


Posted on 11:34AM Sep 19, 2018 in General


How Long Infection Persists After Flu Or Cold

The Monsoon season is normally scary, not just for the heavy rainfalls that keep affecting your daily routine, but for a mouthful of infections rains bring along with them. We do understand how paramount monsoon is for us, but there’s no denying the fact that it is monsoon that stokes the fire that various infections try to spread. Flu and Cold are the most common infections that affect millions of people during monsoon, and while neither of the two can become serious, let alone fatal, they do affect our daily lives by causing excruciating body aches, among other symptoms. Fever ensures you are pinned down to your bed, wrapped in a healthy load of blankets.

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While the popular preconceived notion is that your body is just preparing to fight the infection when your symptoms are at peak, the fact is the exact opposite – you experience those excruciating muscle aches or high fever precisely because your immune system isn’t just alive and kicking, it’s already at work, which is why you feel the fever and muscle aches. It’s your immune system that’s trying to eliminate the infection from your body.

The immune system starts its preparation when you start experiencing the early symptoms – light headaches, scratchy throat, cough and cold – which is when the virus starts to replicate. Your immune system then produces immune cells, by producing tiny proteins called cytokines and chemokines. The cytokines start reproducing immediately and launch a veiled attack on the virus. The chemokines also get down to work, by associating with the adaptive immune system to help create T Cells, a special type of WBCs that specifically find the influenza virus, identify its special characters and then create a unique molecule on their surface that finds and destroys similar invaders. Meanwhile, the influenza virus starts its own multiplication at a rapid pace. The T cells wage war against them and in the process, also infiltrate your lung, thereby causing running nose and mucus that your body constantly tries to throw out, through either cough or through nose, in a bid to clear airways.

This way, your immune system gradually gets the better of the virus, defeats it, and kind of holds it captive. The virus has surrendered, and your Body’s immune system has just won a long and important war. You suddenly feel better. The body aches are gone. The headache feels like a distant memory, so does the running nose. You feel like you can step out and enjoy a drink or two, with your friends; or maybe even a brisk walk at the nearest park. However, this is not the end of the story. The virus has merely surrendered; it isn’t dead. Just as you start your day-to-day activities and are on the verge of getting back to your normal life, your immune system follows suit. It starts packing up after the whole ordeal, to go back and relax in its favorite hibernation mode. Your Body, however, is still under recovery after being bogged down by the ordeal.

At this point, the virus readies itself for another veiled attack and prepares to breath fire, all over again. To avoid recurrence, therefore, it’s wise to continue resting for at least a couple of days, and it’s wiser to not step out of the home, as you’re likely to not just affect yourself, but infect others as well, since it’s highly contagious. The virus continues to stay in your body, even if imprisoned, for almost a week before it’s completely eliminated from your system. It’s wise and better to rest, stay at home for at least a couple of days after the infection is gone, as that not only prevents recurrence, but also helps in not spreading the infection.



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