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After the coronavirus pandemic with protective measures, a new corona wave is now on the horizon – and: Flu in the fall. Which medicines help?

Berlin – After two and a half years of protective measures as part of the coronavirus pandemic in Germany, restrictions are currently being eased in many places. However, long-term wearing of a protective mask, for example, makes our immune system more vulnerable now than it was before the pandemic and before the days of Omikron BQ.1.1. The result: An unusually early and serious flu wave has already swept through Germany, and other germs and viruses are also in the spotlight. In addition, a winter wave is already on the horizon in terms of Corona and the omicron subvariant BQ.1.1.

Vaccination against the coronavirus should help against the coronavirus, which the Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach also warns and fears about. But what gets you back on your feet when the flu hits?

In addition to Omikron BQ.1.1, a flu epidemic is lurking in Germany: Which drugs help in case of illness

But not only flu and coronaviruses – in Hamburg, the corona rules are being adjusted again, official tests are no longer mandatory – they are currently on the move. In addition, there are currently many gastrointestinal viruses and respiratory infections in the population, including human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), for which an emergency plan has already been launched in France. Anyone who gets infected needs bed rest to recover as quickly as possible. What also helps: drink plenty of fluids, preferably tea or water. In addition, some remedies should not be missing in your own medicine cabinet.

Gastrointestinal infection: diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite and abdominal pain

In addition to influenza, RSV, and BQ.1.1 subvariant corona, there are many gastrointestinal infections currently occurring in the population. If left untreated, such an infection will clear up within a few days. Gastrointestinal infection is usually accompanied by symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite and abdominal pain. Exhaustion, fatigue, and lack of energy are also common side effects.

Germany is currently plagued by a flu wave. A new wave of corona is expected to arrive in the winter. (Iconic image) © Christina Sabrowsky/dpa

If only these symptoms appear, it is usually a harmless pathogen and the immune system should deal with it on its own. It is more serious if, for example, there is mucus or blood in the stool. Then you should definitely see a doctor. This should also be done if the gastrointestinal infection is accompanied by a rash or other skin changes.

Gastrointestinal infections: These medicines should always be in the medicine cabinet

  • Since gastrointestinal infection is regularly associated with high fluid loss, it is appropriate electrolyte solutions available in the medicine cabinet. This helps to give the immune system strength again.
  • If it’s really bad, it might make sense to use one Peristaltic hammerto slow down bowel movements. The disadvantage is that viruses are not removed from the body as quickly.
  • Since there is often an increased secretion of secretions and fluids in the intestine, it is useful to reduce it by using the so-called Secretion inhibitors mitigate
  • It can be useful for this Take medications that suppress nausea or suppressed.
  • Also activated carbon may help with gastrointestinal infection. When ingested, it can bind inflammatory and toxin substances.
  • He can as well dry yeast they help inhibit bacteria.

Influenza viruses can cause the flu: fever, cough, headache, body aches and muscle aches

Even more than gastrointestinal viruses, influenza viruses are currently on the move, which can trigger the classic flu that seems to be sweeping Germany at the moment, as well as the rapidly spreading omicron variant BQ.1.1. Influenza vaccination is recommended – especially for people with a previous illness – once a year in autumn to prevent possible infection or a severe course. Influenza viruses are transmitted by so-called droplet infection. Influenza viruses – such as Omikron BQ.1.1 – multiply very quickly, primarily attack mucous membranes and can be transmitted before the first symptoms appear.

The flu usually goes away within seven days – even without treatment. If the flu is detected early enough (within 48 hours), the doctor can reduce the course of antivirals. Influenza is characterized by a sudden and high fever, often accompanied by headaches, muscle and body aches. However, fatigue, sore throat and a dry cough are usually also associated with the flu.

Influenza caused by influenza viruses: These medicines should always be in the medicine cabinet

  • Typical flu symptoms are headaches, muscle and body aches. Therefore, it is suitable for such a case Pain relievers such as aspirin, paracetamol or ibuprofen available in the medicine cabinet. They not only help against pain, but also reduce fever.
  • If you have a cough, you can cough suppressant Help. This should only be used for a dry cough, as it is more likely to cause a mucous cough substances dissolving the secretion should be used so that coughing may occur. Herbal remedies such as cough or bronchial tea are also helpful.
  • There is also a sore throat Teas, but also gargle solutions, drops, juices and, of course, the usual lozenges from the pharmacy.

RS virus: runny nose, dry cough, sneezing and sore throat

Currently, the so-called human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which can cause infections in the upper and lower respiratory tract, is also on the way. Infections mainly affect young children. Illness with the virus is usually accompanied by symptoms such as runny nose, dry cough, sneezing and sore throat. If these symptoms persist, the medications already described in the first aid kit are sufficient. However, RSV also has a severe course. Then the lower respiratory tract is also affected, which means that RSV bronchiolitis has broken out.

This usually manifests itself in the form of fever, heavy and rapid breathing or sudden shortness of breath. In addition, audible rasping sounds may occur during breathing. In this context, attention should also be paid to expectoration of phlegm and dry, cold and pale skin. In addition, the skin and/or mucous membranes may turn blue, for example due to shortness of breath. In this case, it is necessary to consult a doctor, because it may be necessary to give adrenaline to dilate the bronchi.

Coronavirus: fatigue, cough without mucus, fever, headache and runny nose

The omicron subvariant BQ.1.1 is currently spreading in Germany during the coronavirus pandemic – also called “hell dog”. BQ.1.1 is, this is the latest information, resistant to antibody therapy. In addition to common symptoms such as sore throat, fatigue, cough, fever, headache or runny nose, symptoms such as shortness of breath, loss of smell and taste, and severe muscle and joint pain may occur. Meanwhile, another corona mutant with an omicron variant of BF.7 is spreading.

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In the case of a coronary infection, the drugs described above can be used if symptoms occur. Therefore, it is advisable to always have painkillers at home in case of a sudden fever. In addition, there are special coronary drugs – eg Paxlovid – which can be prescribed by a doctor in case of a severe course.

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