Prevention and Treatment of Viral Infections

(Including Covid, Flu, RSV and the common cold)

The providers at Carolina Total Wellness recommend the following lifestyle and supplement supports to optimize immune function, decrease viral transmission, reduce viral activity and support the body’s immune response to common viral infections.

Lifestyle:

Focus on eating foods that are organic and rich in antioxidants.  Try to eat 5 to 7 servings of vegetables and 2 to 3 servings of fruit every day.  Limit intake of sugar and processed foods.

Drink filtered water, avoiding plastics as much as possible. 

Limit intake of alcohol to no more than 2 drinks per week for women and 4 drinks per week for men.

Ensure adequate, quality sleep.  Aim for 7 to 9 hours a night, focusing on good sleep hygiene.

Integrate mindfulness and stress lowering practices every day.

Improve ventilation and air flow and utilize high quality air filters indoors, including home and work.

Nasal Spray for Prevention and Acute Exposure to Airborne Viral Illness

  1. Over the counter Covixyl is now available to help block airborne viruses from adhering to nasal membranes.  This is best used for prevention or within 4 hours of any known/expected airborne viral exposure. Follow instructions on product.
  • Xlear + Biocidin LSF (mix 5 pumps of Biocidin LSF with Xlear nasal spray) This nasal spray is an herbal anti-microbial that helps to kill viruses in the nasal mucosa.  This is best used within 1 to 2 days of any known/expected airborne viral exposure. Use 1 spray each nostril twice daily.

Prevention Supplement Options: (all supplements available in office or in online store)

  1. Orthomune – 2 caps once daily or 1 capsule twice daily (contains vitamin C 600mg, NAC 600 mg, vitamin D 2500 IU, zinc 25mg and Quercitin 250 mg)
  2. Melatonin – 3 to 6 mg daily (Long Acting Melatonin or Quick Dissolve Melatonin)

*** Orthomune and Melatonin are a great combination for viral prevention. If you prefer to take supplements individually instead of a combination product, we recommend the following;

  • Vitamin C – 500 to 1000 mg once to twice daily (Complete Vitamin C)
  • Zinc – 15 to 30 mg daily (Zinc CTW)
  • Quercitin – 200 to 400 mg daily (Allergy Ease)
  • Vitamin D3 – 2000 to 3000 IU per day (K-Force, Vitamin D3, Liquid D3)

Additional options to discuss with your provider include; curcumin (curcumin phytosome or Turmero), NAC, vitamin A, and adaptogenic mushrooms (Transfer Factor Multi Immune)

The following therapeutic options are started at the first signs of illness, positive exposure and/or positive testing.  Please notify your provider so that we can further personalize support.

Therapeutic Supplement Options: (all supplements available in or office or in online store)

  1.  Orthomune – Increase to 2 capsules twice daily (4 capsules contain vitamin C 1200mg, NAC 1200 mg, vitamin D 5000 IU, zinc 50mg and Quercitin 500 mg)
  2. Viracid – 2 capsules twice daily (contains vitamin A, C, B12, zinc, astragulus, Andrographis, echinacea, L-lysine and European elder)
  3. Curcumin – 500 to 1000 mg three times a day with food (Curcumin Phytosome)
  4. Melatonin – 3 to 6 mg at bedtime (Long Acting Melatonin or Quick Dissolve Melatonin)

***The above 4 products are a great combination for therapeutic treatment for the duration of viral illness.  If you prefer individual products, these are listed below.

  • Vitamin C – increase to 1000 mg two to three times a day (Complete Vitamin C)
  • Zinc – increase to 15 to 25 mg twice daily (Zinc CTW)
  • NAC – 500 to 1000 mg twice daily (NAC)
  • Quercitin 400 to 600 mg twice daily (Allergy Ease)
  • Vitamin D3 – 5000 IU per day (K Force, Vitamin D3, Vitamin D3 with K2, liquid vitamin D3)

Yours In Health,

Susan D. Denny, MD, MPH