The symptoms of flu range in severity, from a common cold to severe flu which causes fever, aches and pains and a sore throat. Some flu-like bugs even cause vomiting and diarrhea. Other common symptoms include nasal congestion and chills. Antiviral drugs can help to reduce flu symptoms; you can also take pain killers and cough medicine. However, home remedies are often the best way to treat the flu. It may be necessary to see a doctor, especially if you have a young child who has severe symptoms, which have lasted more then 24hrs. If you’re searching for a Mableton family medicine physician, don’t hesitate to contact Mableton Urgent Care. They were rated as being the number one urgent medical care provider in Georgia in 2019 by Top Rated.
It’s essential to drink plenty of water if you have the flu, you could quickly become dehydrated. This is especially important if you have been sick or had diarrhea. Water is often the best thing to drink, but you could also try fruit juices or an electrolyte drink.
It’s best to avoid caffeinated drinks such as sodas, coffee, and tea. If you have a sore throat, try drinking honey and lemon or a herbal tea with honey.
If you feel sick, drink in small sips as drinking a lot quicky could make you throw up. Check the color of your urine to see if you’re getting enough fluids. Your pee should be a very light yellow, or colorless.
Eat Some Soup
Traditionally, chicken noodle soup has been a remedy for all ills, including colds and flu. Doctors and scientists have been researching and disagreeing for years about the benefits of chicken noodle soup. Research undertaken by Chest has shown that chicken noodle soup helps reduce symptoms of respiratory tract infections. Soup also allows your body to absorb nutrients and fluids at the same time and having someone make your soup will make you feel better. Or at least you’ll feel loved and cared for.
Get Enough Rest
Get plenty of sleep, stay in bed all day if you need to. It’s important to listen to your body if you’re suffering from the flu. Don’t exercise, do daily chores, or go to work. Rest will help your body to fight the infection.
Breathing in warm, moist air will help to clear nasal congestion and will also benefit a sore throat. Take a steamy bath or shower and inhaling the steam as you do so. You can also buy a steam vaporizer to help flu symptoms.
Alternatively, clear clogged airways by boiling some water, add eucalyptus or peppermint oil and breath in the steam. You can use a towel to make a tent over your head. Lean over the water with your eyes closed and breathe deeply for thirty seconds.
Use A Warm Compress
Pour warm water over a cloth and then press it on your face to relieve sinus pain. Press the fabric to your forehead if you have a headache.