Last week, I blogged about what you can do to help your body kick a potential Coronavirus to the curb if you find yourself feeling ill. In the article, I outlined several things you can do to minimize your chances of developing complications from the virus, also known as COVID-19. However, there are two tips in particular that I feel so strongly about that I want to highlight them individually this week.
Those two tips would be to avoid or at least minimize the use of:
1. Fever reducers
2. Cough suppressants
It's been discovered that it typically takes seven days before someone who has contracted the Coronavirus develops symptoms serious enough to be admitted to the hospital. That means that it typically takes roughly seven days for the infection to fester and grow out of control. It also means that choices made in the first several days can make a difference for the better!
A fever, along with subsequent inflammation, is your body's first line of defense against a virus that is attempting to grow out of control. It's icky, uncomfortable, and sometimes downright miserable, but it serves a very important purpose and shouldn't be stifled! Just think, if you take fever reducing medication throughout those first several days of illness, you're essentially turning down your body's ability to send the virus packing and encouraging it to fester. With a typical virus, it's probably not a huge deal. However, in the case of the COVID-19, I highly recommend avoiding any actions that encourage complications. An exception, of course, would be if your fever spikes above 104 degrees. In that case, it is important to take action to lower it in order to avoid brain damage. Otherwise, if your fever is anywhere between 99 and 103ish degrees, it's best to let it do its thing and hopefully kill the virus off before doing any damage to the lungs.
As for cough suppressants, a similar rule applies. A cough is an annoying bodily function that serves an equally critical purpose - expelling mucus from settling into the lungs. The last thing you'd want to do is to stifle your body's ability to do this. The same idea applies for antihistamines, which can dry and thicken mucus and actually encourage pneumonia. Once again, while cough suppressants and antihistamines aren't exactly healthy, with a typical virus, they're probably not going to do you much harm when used sparingly. However, in the case of COVID-19, I suggest steering away from them entirely. A dry cough, meaning an unproductive cough with no mucus, is a trademark symptom of this condition. That means that, rather than using a cough suppressant, you should opt for a cough expectorant. A cough expectorant thins mucus and aids in escorting it out of the body. There are over the counter cough expectorants available, as well as natural alternatives such as steamy showers, honey, and peppermint tea.
I truly believe that, when utilized in the early stages of illness, these two tips can change the trajectory of the virus and potentially save lives. Be sure to pass this info along to another MTHFR (or normy) you love! Do you have any Coronavirus-fighting tips to share? Tell us about it!