Learn about H3N2 virus detection, peak cases, important facts, associated diseases, and natural remedies from Ayurveda.
The H3N2 virus is highly contagious and a strain of the Influenza A virus. The recent outbreak of H3N2 worldwide is rapidly spreading.
What is the H3N2?
The H3N2 is a subtype of the influenza A virus that causes seasonal flu in humans.
It is an RNA virus that reproduces ribonucleic acid instead of DNA.
H3N2 is known to cause more severe conditions than other types of flu viruses, specifically among older adults and children.
The H3N2 strain behaves like a Coronavirus in the body and causes flu-like symptoms.
Despite not offering a cure for the H3N2 virus, Ayurveda can boost immunity and help ward it off.
While we have bid byes to winter and summer is gradually settling in the country, so is the H3N2.
Getting down with respiratory tract infections is common in the summer; hence, influenza, which has been at its peak for some time, is spreading fast in the country.
Children are vulnerable to any infection. In recent years, every fourth child has suffered from influenza or another viral infection.
Over 60% of children aged 0-5 suffer from an infection.
The H3N2 virus is contagious, it spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets, coughing or sneezing, talk or handshake by the individual infected with the virus.
Viruses can survive on surfaces for several hours, making them very easy to contract when in contact with contaminated surfaces. As the H3N2 virus can undergo mutations, the immune system has difficulty recognizing and combatting it.
As a result, there can be an outbreak of flu in communities or regions.
Symptoms of the H3N2:
- Sore throat
- Body aches
- Nasal Congestion
Ayurvedic Remedies for the H3N2 Virus:
According to Ayurveda, viruses attack the host body, which provides them with an appropriate environment.
So, the key to warding off viruses is strengthening your immunity so that no virus can live inside you. To boost immunity, Ayurveda gives many tips.
Here are a few of them as follows:
- 1 Tsp Coriander Powder
- 1 Tsp Cumin Powder
- 1 Tsp Fennel powder
- Boil all the ingredients in 2 glasses of water and make it ¼ and drink it twice a day
Immunity Tea for Cold – Cough – Allergy – Sinusitis
- 10 Basil (Tulsi) Leaves
- 2.5 cm long Piece of Fresh Ginger
- ½ tsp Kurkuma (Turmeric) Powder
- 2-inch-long piece of Cinnamon
- 2 capsules of Cardamom (Ealaichi)
- ¼ tsp Black Pepper powder
Boil all the above in 200 ml of water for 5 minutes and then drink it in a lukewarm.
Ginger Water for boosting your immunity
Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory and has antiviral properties. It can help alleviate symptoms such as fever, cough, and sore throat.
- ½ inch of fresh ginger
- Crush all together and boil it in 300 ml water. Drink this tea 2-3 times a day.
- Drink lukewarm warm water with dry ginger powder, throughout the day.
Herbal Concoction for Relief from Flu
- 1/4 tsp of Ginger powder
- 1 tsp of Cumin seed powder
- 1 tsp of Coriander seed powder
- 20 Rose petals
- 10 Black raisin
- Soak all this ingredients in 1/2 glass of warm water and drink after every 2 hours.
Tulsi is an herb widely used in Ayurveda for its immune-boosting properties. It has antiviral and antibacterial properties that can help fight off infections, including H3N2. Chew 8-10 basil (tulsi) leaves daily in the morning on empty stomach.
Steam inhalation with carom seeds for 2-3 minutes daily.
Try this Easy home remedy for cold and flu
- Take 1 tsp fresh ginger juice
- 1 tsp fresh turmeric juice
- 1 tsp basil (tulsi) leaves juice
- 1 tsp honey
- Mix all the ingredients and consume in the morning.
Follow this very safe and effective home remedy to clear the congestion and expel the mucus.
- 1. ¼ tsp. Fresh ginger (adrak) juice
- 2. ¼ tsp. Turmeric (haldi) powder
- 3. ¼ tsp. Garlic (lasoon) juice
- 4. ½ tsp. Fresh basil (tulsi) leaf juice
- 5. 2 tsp. Honey (madh)
- 6. 1 pinch of Black pepper (kali mirch)powder
Mix all the ingredients well. Take 1½ tspn of this mixture four times a day. Children can safely take this mixture.
Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that can help boost your immunity.
H3N2 Influenza is a highly contagious virus that affects millions yearly.
While vaccination is the most common preventive measure, it is not always effective in preventing the disease.
Moreover, some people may not be able to get vaccinated due to certain medical conditions.
In such cases, Ayurvedic remedies can help you boost your immune system and fight off the virus naturally.
How H3N2 virus can be detected?
The H3N2 virus can be detected through an RT-PCR diagnostic test (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction).
The test involves taking a sample of respiratory secretions from the patient’s nose or throat and then analyzing it for the presence of the virus.
H3N2 Influenza Important Facts
H3N2 is a strain of the influenza virus that primarily affects the respiratory system.
The symptoms of H3N2 are similar to those of other strains of the flu, including fever, cough, sore throat, and body aches.
However, H3N2 is known to cause more severe symptoms and complications, especially in vulnerable populations such as the elderly, young children, and people with weakened immune systems.
Peak cases in the world and India
The peak season for H3N2 varies depending on the location. In the northern hemisphere, it typically peaks between December and February, while in the southern hemisphere, it peaks between June and August.
In India, the peak season for H3N2 is usually between January and March.
Associated Disease with H3N2
H3N2 can lead to complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and sinus infections.
It can also exacerbate underlying conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease.
It can even be fatal in rare cases, especially in people with weakened immune systems.
Ayurvedic remedies can help boost your immune system and fight off H3N2 naturally.
It can also help reduce the severity of symptoms such as fever and body aches.
In conclusion, H3N2 is a highly contagious virus that can cause severe symptoms and complications, especially in vulnerable populations.
While vaccination is the most common preventive measure, Ayurvedic remedies can help boost your immune system and fight off the virus naturally.
Incorporating these Ayurvedic remedies into your daily routine, you can stay healthy and reduce your risk of contracting H3N2.
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Author of the Blog: DR.DEEPAK MAHAJAN
Expert Review By: Dr Smita Pankaj Naram
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