Alpine Observer

Fever illnesses

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ROSS River fever and glandular fever are all very debilitati­ng health conditions that in susceptibl­e people can turn into chronic fatigue.

This summer we have seen a rise in these viruses.

At the clinic we find that patients come in after they have been sick for many weeks, wanting some relief from the tiredness, body aches and swollen glands.

Naturopath­s have many tools to help manage these viruses and ease the symptoms.

As naturopath­s, we work with the body to strengthen the immune system so it has enough energy to keep fighting the infection, repair the damage to muscles and cells caused by the virus, reduce swelling in the liver and improve appetite.

We focus primarily on tonics and diet plans that promote convalesce­nce and the doctor’s recommenda­tion of continued rest.

Herbs, nutrients and diet and lifestyle modificati­ons in these situations are invaluable. RECOVERY: Getting enough rest is crucial to recovery from Ross River fever and glandular fever.

Symptoms of these viruses include:

that include fever, chills, headache and aches and pains in the muscles and joints.

become swollen, and joint stiffness may be particular­ly noticeable in the morning.

occurs on the body, arms or legs. The rash usually

being unwell, tired or weak may also occur at times during the illness.

The majority of people recover completely in a few weeks.

Others may experience symptoms such as joint pain and tiredness for many months.

These lingering symptoms can turn in to chronic debilitati­ng symptoms such as fatigue, chronic immune system issues and inflammati­on .

So why wait until you are struggling to recover?

Why not seek help from naturopath­s who can help you today.

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BY NATUROPATH­S SOPHIE LORBACK AND BELINDA MCPHERSON (BHSCI. NATUROPATH­Y)

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