Coughing is a reflex the body uses in order to clear the airways of irritants such as mucus, foreign particles, microbes and fluids. Coughs are often a symptom of cold and flu and are not routinely treated with antibiotics. The cough reflex can be both voluntary or involuntary and is usually described as either dry or chesty. Dry Coughs – No phlegm (mucus) is produced and feels like a constant tickle at the back of the throat. This tickle is due to inflammation and the body misinterprets this as a... Read More
What is Influenza? Similarly, to the common cold, the flu (Influenza) is also caused by a virus that affects the respiratory tract (nose, throat and lungs). The flu is caused by the influenza virus and the symptoms experienced are more severe and long-lasting than those of a cold. The virus is spread mainly through air droplets through talking, coughing or sneezing. Symptoms usually appear from one to four days after exposure to the virus and can last for up to 1 to 2 weeks. The effects of the flu can... Read More
What is Hay Fever? Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, occurs when the lining of the nasal cavity is inflamed. This then leads to many symptoms which can have a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life. Although hay fever most commonly occurs seasonally, it can also affect many people all year round (perennially). What causes it? Hay fever is caused when the body is exposed to certain harmless allergens such as pollen or house dust mites. The body’s immune system mistakenly identifies these allergens as harmful and... Read More
There has been a lot of media talk about the possible benefits of Vitamin D supplements in the fight against the Coronavirus, but is there any truth to it?