More ways to prevent swine flu

You can do more than just wash your hands to keep yourself from getting HINI. Here are some great tips to prevent the virus from taking hold even if you been exposed.

Prevent Swine Flu – Good Advice

Dr. Vinay Goyal is an MBBS,DRM,DNB (Intensivist and Thyroid

specialist) having clinical experience of over 20 years. He has worked

in institutions like Hinduja Hospital , Bombay Hospital , Saifee

Hospital , Tata Memorial etc. Presently, he is heading our Nuclear

Medicine Department and Thyroid clinic at Riddhivinayak Cardiac and

Critical Centre, Malad (W) India. This is what he says about preventing swine flu:

The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a

global epidemic of this nature, it’s almost impossible not coming into

contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions.

Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.

While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1

infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms

and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not

fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced

(instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):

1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).

2. “Hands-off-the-face” approach. Resist all temptations to touch any

part of face (unless you want to eat or bathe).

3. Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you

don’t trust salt). H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the

throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms.

Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way,gargling with salt

water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on

an infected one. Don’t underestimate this simple, inexpensive and

powerful preventative method.

4. Similar to 3 above, clean your nostrils at least once every day

with warm salt water. Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra

Neti (very good way to clean nasal cavities), but blowing the nose

hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in

warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.

5. Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C

(Amla and other citrus fruits). If you have to supplement with Vitamin

C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.

6. Drink as much of warm liquids (Tea, coffee, etc) as you can.

Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the

reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat

into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any


Keep in mind that the target population is the younger crowd, so pass

this on to your kids and grandkids. We the older population will have

some immunity. However, it doesn’t hurt to follow these guidelines!!

Sara Ellington is the author of The Mommy Chronicles: Conversations Sharing the Comedy and Drama of Pregnancy and New Motherhood (Hay House, 2005) and The Must-Have Mom Manual (Ballantine/Random House, April 2009) now available at Target!


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