Cold and Flu to Spring Allergy Season

Cold and Flu season is winding down, but we are not completely out of the woods just yet. This year’s flu season has been particularly rough. The virus has been responsible for 145 pediatric deaths and many adult deaths, so far. Health officials tell us that the worst seems to be behind us, but there is still some viruses circulating. Thus, prevention is still the key to warding off these viruses while they are still out there lurking. To top it all off, we are headed straight into spring allergy season, which can mimic some of the symptoms of the cold and flu.

Cold and Flu Season 2017-1018

This cold and flu season has been downright nasty. The H3N2 strain of the flu has been linked to severe illnesses this year, especially among adults over the age of 65 and children younger than 5. In fact, the CDC said that 1 in 10 deaths in the country were being attributed to the virus. The flu shot, the most recommended protection against the flu, has lacked efficiency this year. Canadian researchers reported that has been less than 20 percent effective against the flu’s most dominant strain (CBS). The CDC still affirms that some protection is better than none.

Just today, it was reported that there was an over use of paracetamol or Tylenol use during cold and flu season. One study showed that “During cold and flu season [. . .] people were 24 percent more likely to exceed the maximum recommended dose of 4,000 milligrams at least once a week” (Reuters). The overuse of this common over-the-counter pain reliever has been linked to liver and kidney damage. Thus, it is not recommended that flu sufferers take this medication for symptoms related to the virus. Dr. Liffert Vogt, a researcher at the University of Amsterdam Academic Medical Center in the Netherlands concurs: “I would not recommend taking acetaminophen for cold and flu symptoms [. . .] Taking a cup of soup will be much more efficacious than taking a pill.”

“Oral supplements only provide about 20% absorption by the body. Vitamins that are intravenously administered allow for 100% absorption.”

Prevention

So, if the flu shot is less than effective, and certain over-the-counter medications are not suggested, what is a Flu sufferer to do? Matteo Rosselli, D.O., the Founder and Medical Director of RevitalIV, says, “Prevention is KEY. So many people are deficient in important vitamins, such as Vitamin D.” Vitamin D deficiencies have actually been linked to increased flu infection (read more here). Dr. Rosselli continues: “The issue is that most people are not absorbing the appropriate amount of vitamins, especially during flu season. Oral supplements only provide about 20% absorption by the body. Vitamins that are intravenously administered allow for 100% absorption. Thus, they are essential during cold and flu season, and essential to preparing your immune system throughout the rest of the year.”

Spring Allergy Season

If you did take the appropriate prevention steps this year and completely avoided a cold or flu, don’t rest too easy. Spring allergy season is right around the corner. The good news is that if you prevented the cold or flu by keeping your vitamin and nutrient levels optimized, you are in a good position to stave off allergy symptoms this year. If not, you might want to think about IV vitamin infusions.

Two important Vitamins that help allergy symptoms:

VITAMIN C can stop Histamine. Studies have shown that high levels of Vitamin C can reduce histamine release. It also can help histamine to break down faster one it is released. On the flip side of this, other studies have shown that Vitamin C deficiencies can send increase blood levels of histamine.

Magnesium and Breathing. Magnesium is an important mineral that helps the body with all sorts of important functions, sleep, digestion, etc. It also has been found to relieve constricted airways in the lungs. Magnesium deficiencies can result in higher blood levels of histamine when exposed to allergens.

These are just two of the important vitamins that can help symptoms this Spring allergy season. IV Vitamin infusions are the best and most effective way to get 100% absorption. Whether you are staving off the flu or preparing for Allergy Season, this highly effective treatment may be for you.

Call RevitalIV for more information about Cold and Flu or Spring Allergy Season: 561-406-2202 or, drop us a line: info@revitalivfl.com

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