Psittacosis a.k.a. parrot fever is a bacterial infection that humans catch from birds. It is also known as ornithosis. What causes psittacosis? The bacteria chlamydia psittacosis is responsible for the disease. It leads to flu-like symptoms, including fevers as well as chills. Studies have shown that parrot fever can be treated with the consumption of antibiotics and polyphenolic components. However, certain herbs are also helpful since they act as an antibiotic and antimicrobial treatment.
What Causes Psittacosis?
Chlamydia psittaci is the bacteria that causes this rare infection. The disease results from getting in contact with the infected bird or an infected person. Humans mostly contract the infection from parrots, chickens, turkeys, pigeons, parakeets, cockatiels as well as ducks. It may be noted that a bird does not have to be wild to catch the infection – pet birds can also be infected. This is why it is always suggested to keep your pets vaccinated and consult a doctor when the psittacosis symptoms arise.
What Are The Psittacosis Symptoms?
The symptoms of parrot fever may not appear for months. However, the following might gradually start showing up:
- Fever as well as chills
- Muscle and joint pain
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Sensitivity to light
- A sore throat
Parrot Fever Home Remedies
1. Goldenseal Is A Natural Antibiotic.
Goldenseal kills the chlamydia psittaci bacteria and cures parrot fever. It is also good for a sore throat. So, take 500mg of goldenseal root powder with a cup of water and drink this daily.
2. Garlic Is A Trustworthy Kitchen Ingredient.
Garlic contains allicin, an active compound that has antimicrobial as well as anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, crush 2-3 cloves of garlic and swallow them with a glass of water to kill chlamydia psittaci.
3. Echinacea Tea Works Wonderfully For Fever.
Echinacea is a powerful antibacterial herb. It kills the harmful bacteria and then flushes it out of the system. So, boil echinacea tea leaves in a cup of water. Steep the tea for 10 minutes and strain. Drink twice daily till the fever subsides.
4. Raspberry Tea Can Treat Parrot Fever.
Raspberries are highly nutritious as well as antimicrobial. Therefore, raspberry tea helps in reducing the inflammation along with itching. So, in a pan of one cup of water, add 3-4 raspberry leaves. Boil the tea for 8-10 minutes and then strain. Drink this twice every day.
5. Thyme Essential Oil Reduces Rashes.
Thyme essential oil contains polyphenols that act as an antibacterial agent. So, take a few drops of thyme oil and mix it in a teaspoon of coconut oil. Apply this on the rashes caused by psittacosis for quick relief.
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