Flu symptoms can cause a world of misery, from fever and cough to sore throat, nasal congestion, aches, and chills. But there are ways to feel better.
Prescription antiviral drugs may ease symptoms of the flu when taken shortly after you get sick. In many cases, however, simple home remedies may be all you need for relief of mild to moderate flu symptoms.
It really important to be hydrated, especially if we have vomiting or diarrhea. So we should definitely get enough fluids. Water, fruit juices and electrolyte beverages will do fine. It is better to avoid drinks with caffeine, because it is a diuretic. For the sore throat it is best to use herbal tea with honey, and if you feel nauseated try taking small sips of liquid, gulps might cause you to throw up. If you take enough fluid your urine is pale yellow, almost colorless.
When you have the flu you should definitely avoid alcohol.
Soup is served for children with flu for generations. And moms possibly had right. A study published in the journal “Chest” showed that chicken soup may help with symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections.
Listen to your body, if it says don’t exercise, don’t. It it is urging you to spend all day in bed, do so. Don’t press on with daily chores, even in the face of severe cold or flu symptoms. Rest is “another way of supporting the body’s ability to fight infection”. Never skip nighttime sleep.
Humidify, a steamy shower several times a day will help you ease nasal congestion and sore throat. Steam vaporizer or humidifier is another way to use steam.
Make a tent. A quick way to open clogged airways is to bring water to boil, remove it from the heat (add chamomile or mint if you have ), drape a towel over your head, close your eyes, and lean over the water under the “tent”. Breathing deeply through your nose for 30 seconds, or repeat as often as necessary to ease congestion.
Try a warm compress. If you put a warm cloth on our forehead or nose, it is a great way to relieve headache or sinus pain.
Be a sucker, cough drops, throat lozenges or hard candy can surprisingly help at easing cough or sore throat.