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Infection

Infections

Infection refers to the process by which organisms such as bacteria, fungi, or viruses enter the body and multiply. When the your immune system cannot fight these organisms off, an infection results and can cause disease. Most infections are contracted through contact with other humans or animals, through actions such as shaking someone’s hand that is infected with a virus, drinking contaminated water, ingesting undercooked food, contracting a sexually transmitted disease, or being bitten by an animal. Poor nutrition, illness, lack of sleep, substance abuse, trauma or prolonged exposure to cold can all encourage an infection, as they lower the body’s resistance.Localized Infections The infection is restricted to one particular part of the body, and areas affected are usually red, tender, swollen, and warm. A fever may develop and pus may be present at the site. Localized infections can usually be treated at home, but if not cared for properly, a more serious infection may develop and spread. Internal localized infections such as in the appendix or the heart are very serious and require prompt medical intervention.

Systemic Infections Systemic infections are spread through the bloodstream to the entire body, and shakiness, chills, weakness, nausea, vomiting, and aches in the joints may be felt. Systemic infections can vary in severity with infections such as influenza, usually responding well to home treatment, while other conditions such as septicaemia or malaria require urgent medical attention.

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An infection occurs when disease-causing microbes spread and overpower the immune system. Infections can be caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, worms and even insects such as mites and lice. These infections may be contracted anywhere – through water, in air, soil, food, from animals or insect bites, through contact with an infected person’s blood, skin or mucus, or through sexual contact.

There are various treatment options that will help to reduce the symptoms of infection. Conventional medicine, complementary therapy, or natural remedies are highly effective treatments and can be used independently or together.

Prevention of all infections is difficult and possibly not wise as the adaptive immune system needs reminders, but reducing their risk is possible. Ensuring good hygiene practices is vital. Check that correct Vitamin D levels are achieved. Maintain a good digestive system as a first line of defence. Consume regular quantities of vegetables and some fruits, and preferably raw superfoods that are high in nutrients and enzymes. Supplement with Vitamin C  daily and boost Zinc and Vitamin A periodically. In the winter use herbal complexes such as Beta Glucan3,6 complexes as preventative practice. After infections boost the immune system with Biostrath or other tonic.