The best use of natural therapy is to prevent infection by optimizing immune function so that either the bacteria or virus are killed before they reproduce enough to cause symptoms. Most infections are viral and thus antibiotics are not helpful. Also most infections, either viral or bacterial, resolve in 5-7 days with or without treatment. If antibiotics are needed then the contagious period is reduced to 1 day of treatment. Natural therapies reduce the duration and symptom intensity of these infections by enhancing our body’s normal immune function. Begin your winter prevention routine by reducing processed carbohydrates (most ‘junk foods’) and get 7-8 hours sleep. Antibiotics only officially recommended if positive Strep test or symptoms of a URI worsen after 5-7 days. Remember to cough into elbow and wash hands frequently. You are contagious until on antibiotics for 24 hours or as long as 5 days of a viral illness.
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