posted on Mar, 30 2009 @ 11:26 AM
First of all---antibiotics do nothing to viruses, antivirals work rarely, and have some side effects worse than the flu. Wasting antibiotics on virus
infections causes more harm than good, as most also kill beneficial organisms that you need, making you weaker and prolonging the viral illness. The
only reason to use an antibiotic in cases of influenza is to treat an opportunistic secondary bacterial infection.
We had an outbreak of this nasty stuff a couple months ago, and a few had it for 8 weeks, about 1/2 had it for a month, and the lucky, only two weeks.
A very few only got the sniffles or aches for a couple days. It would seem to present differently in almost every case, but had similar symptoms
appearing at different stages of the illness, but not in any specific order.
1. extreme pain in the very top of the sinuses, like someone had driven a spike
between your eyes.
2. floods from the nose---not drips, not congestion, not sniffles. Floods.
3. infected ears and throat.
4.extreme chest congestion, to the point of having to sleep sitting up.
5.generalized pain everywhere, but could be managed by aspirin or tylenol.
6.low grade fever for the duration.
I was one of the lucky ones who had it only two weeks, mostly I presume, because I saw it coming when co workers and family started to come down with
it, and began loading up on vitamins, herbs like echininacia, golden seal, garlic, and lots of water.
Had all the symptoms over in a week except for a lingering cough and low grade fever that lasted a further week.
Funny thing was, during the first couple days I used an over-the-counter multi symptom relief liquid, but it only seem to work on one symptom, and a
different one each night to the point of being useless to try and get any sleep.
I had to settle with specific symptom relief for each night, whichever was the worst after dinner.