Simple Advice If You Have The Flu (Video)
Are you one of the thousands of people that got the Flu?
WHY DIDN'T YOU STAY HOME? Now everyone is sharing your coodies.
You are probably looking all over the Internet trying to find a cure. Look no further.
Here are some Home remedies you might want to try and VERY simple advise that I heard while I was sick. And they worked!
First, I am NOT a medical Doctor.(but play one on the radio) If your flu symptoms are really bad, GO SEE A REAL DOCTOR!
Like most work places we all share the same space. The past month ,most of the KLAQ staff have had the flu. We all share the same phones, microphones and computers.
These are just some of the many words of advice that I received from some of my fellow co-workers while trying to fight the flu.
First , Do you have a Cold or the Flu.
The flu and the common cold have similar symptoms. It can be difficult to tell the difference between them. Your health care provider can give you a test within the first few days of your illness to determine whether or not you have the flu.
In general, the flu is worse than the common cold. Symptoms such as fever, body aches, tiredness, and cough are more common and intense with the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Now you Know.
(Check out what the US Goverment is asking you to do if you have the Flu.)
(Check out how to prevent and spread the Flu.)
Check out this Helpful Link as well (here)
The flu can leave you dehydrated, especially if fever is accompanied by vomiting or diarrhea. So be sure to get enough fluids. Water is fine. This doesn't mean alcoholic beverages, of course. But drinking plenty of any other nonalcoholic, decaffeinated liquid (caffeine and alcohol both act as diuretics, which actually increase fluid loss) will help keep you hydrated and will also thin mucous secretions. If you're not eating much, juices are a good choice, too, since they provide nutrients you may be missing so are electrolyte beverages. Herbal tea with honey can soothe a sore throat. If you feel nauseated, try taking small sips of liquids -- gulps might cause you to throw up. How can you be sure you’re getting enough fluid? Your urine should be pale yellow, almost colorless.( Is that too much .. the pee comment ?)
Sip some soup.
For generations, caring parents have been serving chicken soup to kids with colds and flu. Or Caldo in our part of the country. But was mom right? Possibly. A 2000 study published in the journal Chest showed that chicken soup may help relieve symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections. Whether it's beef, chicken, or vegetable, it will keep you hydrated and help liquefy any mucous secretions. Broth is easy to keep down, even when you have no appetite, and will provide at least some nutrients.
Be a couch potato.
The advice may be clichéd. Listen to your body. If it’s telling you not to exercise, don’t. If it’s urging you to spend all day in bed, do. Don't press on with daily responsibilities even in the face of severe cold or flu symptoms. Rest is another way of supporting the body’s ability to fight infection. Don’t skimp on nighttime sleep. Good sleep cycles help the immune system work well, so it’s important to get your full eight hours of sleep each night.
Breathing moist air helps ease nasal congestion and sore throat pain. One effective strategy is to indulge in a steamy shower several times a day -- or just turn on the shower and sit in the bathroom for a few minutes, inhaling the steam. Another is to use a humidifier. Clean it regularly to make sure it’s free of mold and other impurities.
Swish and spit.
Gargling with salt water helps get rid of the thick mucus that can collect at the back of the throat, especially after you've been lying down. It can also help ease stuffy ears by opening clogged eustachian tubes.( Google “eustachian”… I did, cool word)
Try nasal irrigation.
To ease stuffiness and post-nasal drip -- and perhaps cut the risk of developing a sinus infection -- some doctors recommend nasal irrigation. You can buy a neti pot in natural foods stores and some drugstores, or opt for a saline squeeze bottle. You pour salt water into one nostril and let it run out the other, clearing out your nasal passages.
Take Aspirin, Acetaminophen, or Ibuprofen
Duh! The flu is often accompanied by a high fever that can range from 102 to 106 degrees Fahrenheit. You can count on a doozy of a headache, too. Lowering the fever will help prevent dehydration and will cut down on the severe, shaking chills associated with fever. On the other hand, since a fever may actually help your body fight the bug, you may want to try to let the fever run its course if it's safe for you to do so. Aspirin and ibuprofen are generally better at easing aches and pains; acetaminophen is most effective at fighting fever.
A hacking cough can keep you and every other household member up all night. Keep the peace with honey. Honey has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine for coughs. It's a simple enough recipe: Mix 1 tablespoon honey into 1 cup hot water, stir well, and enjoy. Honey acts as a natural expectorant, promoting the flow of mucus. Squeeze some lemon in if you want a little tartness.
The lovely lemon may cause a puckered face if eaten raw, but in a hot beverage, lemons will have you smiling. Hot lemonade has been used as a flu remedy since Roman times and is still highly regarded in the folk traditions of New England. Lemons, being highly acidic, help make mucous membranes distasteful to bacteria and viruses. Lemon oil, which gives the juice its fragrance, is like a wonder drug containing antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory constituents. The oil also acts as an expectorant. To make this flu-fighting fruit drink, place 1 chopped lemon -- skin, pulp, and all -- into 1 cup boiling water. While the lemon steeps for 5 minutes, inhale the steam. Strain, add honey (to taste), and enjoy. Drink hot lemonade three to four times a day throughout your illness.( Old DJ trick for a sore throat)
And the most Important one .
IF YOU ARE SICK STAY HOME!!!
Simple ,but not many people do it! If you read most of this post, rest is one of the important ones .Lets your body recover and rest.