- in Primiary Care
- on December 13, 2019
No one really has time to stop their life because they get sick. Often when we do get sick it is because slowing down is exactly what our bodies need to recover from the over exertion of our everyday lives. It may seem obvious what we can do to help our bodies fight the flu or maybe it’s not. This article is meant to give some solid insight into what to do to recover from the flu as quickly as possible.
1. Stay home and get plenty of rest.
Mind your flu manners. On the first day you have symptoms, call your work or school and tell them you won’t be coming in for a few days. You’re sick — and very contagious! Take advantage of down time and give your body some much-needed rest. Curl up on the couch and spend some time reading, watching DVDs, or just cat-napping while your body battles the virus.
2. Drink plenty of fluids.
Make sure you get more liquids. It doesn’t all have to be water — fruit juices, sports drinks, and broth-based soups (like chicken noodle soup) also count. They keep your respiratory system hydrated and help turn that nasty, thick mucus into a thin liquid you can cough up and spit out. That’s good — if it builds up in your lungs it could lead to an infection.
3. Treat aches and fever.
Got fever? That’s because your body has turned up the heat to fight off the flu virus. Treat it and the aches that come with it with over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen. Ask your doctor which is right for you.
4. Take care of your cough.
5. Sit in a steamy bathroom.
If you’re still stuffed up, sit in the bathroom with the door closed. Let the shower run hot until the room fills with moist steam. Sit away from the water to avoid burns.
6. Run the humidifier.
If the air in your house is dry, a mist humidifier or vaporizer can moisten it to help ease congestion and coughs. Don’t use a warm mist because it can promote the growth of bacteria and molds. Also make sure to keep the device clean to prevent mold development.
7. Try a lozenge.
Sucking on soothing lozenges will moisten and coat a scratchy throat. It may quiet your cough, too.
8. Get salty.
Saline nose drops or sprays are available over-the-counter at any drug or grocery store. They work, they’re safe — even for kids. Put several drops into one nostril, and gently blow the mucus and saline out. Repeat the process on the other side until both are unblocked.
9. Take extra vitamins.
There are many different vitamins that can theoretically help fight off the flu. We’ve all heard the effectiveness of vitamin C and garlic but there are some other less common herbs and supplements that might help. These include elderberry, zinc, ginseng, and echinacea. If you have any of these in your medicine cabinet and you have come down with the flu it won’t hurt to add them to your daily routine.
10. Ask for an antiviral.
You take these drugsas soon as symptoms start. They can lessen and shorten the flu. Call your doctor if you have signs of the flu and are at a higher risk for complications. That includes people who are 65 and older or those younger than 2 years of age. It also includes those with certain chronic conditions including problems with lungs, heart, kidney, liver or a weak immune system. Native Americans and Alaska Natives are also at higher risk for complications.
The CDC recommends baloxavir marboxil (Xofluza), oseltamivir (Tamiflu), peramivir (Rapivab), or zanamivir (Relenza). The drugs work best when you get them within 48 hours of your first symptoms. They may shorten the time you are sick and make your symptoms milder if you take the medicine early on. Some you take for 5 days and the newer one, baloxavir marboxil (Xofluza), is just a single dose. Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or zanamivir (Relenza) can also help prevent the flu in someone who has been exposed..
Hopefully this flu season you miss out on catching it, but incase you don’t hope the above remedies help ease your suffering.