What is the Zika Virus?
Zika virus is similar to dengue fever, yellow fever and West Nile virus.
It is carried by infected Aedes aegypti mosquitos. Zika largely gets spread through mosquito bites, but can also occur through intrauterine infection.
If a woman is bitten by an infected mosquito and becomes infected, Zika can cross into the placenta and affect the foetus. While anyone can contract Zika, pregnant women are the most at risk due to the potential for fetal microcephaly and other neurologic abnormalities.
Sexual transmission of this virus can occur. Transmission has been reported from infected men and women to their sexual partners. The virus can be transmitted through anal, oral or vaginal sex.
Zika Virus Symptoms
Though most infected people won’t show any symptoms, a few (about 1 in 5) may display the following symptoms, which could range from mild to severe:
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
- Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
Symptoms may show up any time from 3-14 days after a mosquito bite and can remain for several days to a week.
How Ayurveda can help in the treatment of Zika Virus Infection
Ayurveda, the 5000 year old medical science based on natural systems, has some excellent preventive and curative solutions to all diseases. The most significant aspect of these measures is that they are entirely based on natural substances and, therefore, totally safe on the human body without causing any kind of side-effects.
- Maintain a safe distance from people that show evident signs of nasal congestion or flu symptoms.
- Do not greet people with a kiss or handshake.
- Do no share food, glasses or forks.
- Open and ventilate enclosed rooms.
- Keep kitchen countertops and bathrooms disinfected with bleach; disinfect toys, phones door knobs and any contact surface with alcohol.
- Visit your doctor immediately if you experience sudden high fever and cough, with headache and muscle pain.
- Avoid sudden temperature change.
- Eat fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin A and C (Carrots, papaya, orange, tangerine, lime lemon and pineapple).
- Frequently wash hands thoroughly with plenty of soap and water.
- Wear full sleeved clothes
- Use mosquito coil
To eliminate standing water:
– Unclog roof gutters;
– Empty children’s wading pools at least once a week;
– Change water in birdbaths at least weekly;
– Get rid of old tires in your yard, as they collect standing water;
– Empty unused containers, such as flower pots, regularly or store them upside down;
– Drain any collected water from afire pit regularly.
Treat the symptoms:
- Get plenty of rest.
- Drink fluids to prevent dehydration.
- Do not take aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
- If you are taking medicine for another medical condition, talk to your healthcare provider before taking additional medication.
It is always advised to consult an Ayurveda expert for specific treatment,
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Dr. Pashupati Nath is a well renowned Ayurvedic Doctor (MD),a coach, consultant. With 18+ years of experience as an Ayurvedic doctor, Dr. Pashupati Nath works with his patients to help them unearth dormant capacities that lead to more fulfilling life through the physical, psychological and spiritual way of Ayurveda