Bacteria and viruses
Children's immunity and resistance to diseases is often a major topic among parents of young children. However, parents sometimes unknowingly influence its weakening themselves.
Bacteria and viruses are the two dominant types of microbes, as a result of which children, as well as adults, get sick. The symptoms of a disease, which occur due to a viral or bacterial infection, are often very similar.
What both bacteria and viruses have in common is that they are transmitted in the same way, i.e. through:
- coughing and sneezing
- contact with an infected person
- contact with infected surfaces or objects
- contaminated food or water
- contact with infected animals
Bacteria and viruses as causes of infections
Bacteria are living single-celled organisms, and they live all around us, but also in us. These single-celled organisms generally do no harm. In fact, in many cases, they are also very useful, e.g. as inhabitants of the intestinal microflora.
On the other hand, some bacteria are very harmful when they multiply in the human body. They can then cause various diseases and impairments in the functioning of the organism.
Viruses are much smaller than bacteria. The largest virus is smaller than the smallest bacteria. We cannot say that viruses are alive as they do not possess all the characteristics of living organisms. It is thus known that they reproduce and grow only when they attack someone’s body, and without the body of the host, they cannot even survive. The human body, as well as the child’s body, usually fights off the virus attack on its own, thanks to the immune system.
However, there are viruses which cannot be stopped. They cause infections, i.e. diseases which have their own course and duration and simply have to be recovered from by resting. The stronger and more developed the immune system, the lower the possibility of developing viral infections.
Treatment of bacterial infections
Bacterial infections are treated with antibiotics. Only a doctor can determine, based on examinations and analyses, whether it is a bacterial infection and which antibiotic is best to use for treatment.
However, by acting against the bacteria which cause the disease, antibiotics also affect other bacteria, the ones we call good bacteria, which inhabit the intestinal microflora and which are very important for the proper functioning of the immune system.
Therefore, during the treatment of bacterial infection with antibiotics, the use of probiotics, which compensate for losses and restore the intestinal microflora, is advised.
Treatment of viral infections
Almost every doctor will suggest resting, staying at home, and increased fluid intake as a therapy for a respiratory viral infection in order to enable the immune system to fight off the disease as easily as possible.
Elevated or high temperature during a viral infection occurs when an organism fights the virus, and it is certainly a sign that the immune system is functioning.
Viral infections are not treated with antibiotics as they have no effect on viruses.
Improper and excessive use of antibiotics may lead to the weakening of immunity in children.
Treating viral infections actually helps alleviate all the common symptoms, which furthermore leads to faster recovery.
Common symptoms which accompany viral respiratory infections are elevated temperature, runny or stuffy nose, cough, inflammation of the throat, and sore throat.
Treatment of viral infections with natural remedies
Natural remedies which have antiviral effects are the best solution for all common viral respiratory infections. They are especially effective if taken as early as possible, especially in the first hours after the appearance of the earliest symptoms.
Black elderberry fruit extract, by its effect, in addition to preventing the entry of viruses into a cell, stimulates the immune system to provide an adequate defence. By its effect it further prevents the replication of the virus and its spreading in an organism.
Black elderberry, like other red berries, contains anthocyanins, i.e. substances which exhibit antiviral properties and prevent viruses from entering a cell. Due to this property, black elderberry falls into a category of natural antiviral remedies. According to the data obtained from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, black elderberry contains a huge amount of anthocyanins, multiple times larger in comparison to other red berries.
Bimunal syrup contains high-quality black elderberry fruit extract, and 15 ml of the syrup comprises 100.5 mg of the active black elderberry fruit extract substance, which is equivalent to 1g of fresh elderberry fruit.
Bimunal alleviates all the symptoms of a viral respiratory infection and also shortens the duration of the disease by 3-4 days.