There are many remedies in effectively treating the flu. Flu is known to be a contagious infection of the nose, throat,bronchial tubes and lungs caused by the influenza virus. If you have the flu, doctors would preferably advise that you rest and drink plenty of fluids. You need to replace the liquid that was lost in your body by drinking more since fever causes the body to lose a lot of fluid.
There are over-the-counter medicines that could make you feel better like antihistamines, decongestants, and pain and fever reducer medicines. But most people prefer first the natural way because these medicines could be harmful especially for those people with high blood pressure, heart disease, and other respiratory problems.
Flu will target the respiratory system and you'll have flu symptoms like sore throat, fever, loss of appetite, congestion that develops to a runny nose, exhaustion and weakness, muscle aches and pains and cough that turns productive. These flu symptoms could be present in your body at the same time and once you feel and know that you have them, it's too late for you to prevent it. But there are still important things that you need to do in order to effectively treat the flu.
1. Drink a lot of liquid because it can help prevent dehydration, relieve nasal congestion and soothe the inflamed membranes in your nose and throat. Fluid intake is usually the most known remedy for fighting the flu. Take note that flu sufferers lose a lot of fluids and replenishing the lost fluids will give the body the strength to get rid of the flu itself.
2. Sleep and stay rested. This is so important because the damage from most things done to the body like stress, sun exposure, pollutants and infection will be repaired while you're sleeping. Lack of proper sleep could be the prime reason why you got the flu so sleep and stay rested when you have the flu. It can really help your body boost energy that you badly needed.
3. Eat nutritious foods even if you don't feel like eating because proper nutrition is an important factor for a quick recovery. If you don't like to eat, try to have a hot chicken soup so that it can also add-up to your intake of liquid. Unless you have stomach flu then it's advisable to only take liquids for awhile.
Drinking Gatorade (an example of electrolyte solution) could also be a good option for you. There are many available electrolyte solution drinks with different flavors that you can find in most grocery and drug stores.
4. Run a steamy hot shower while you're sitted on a bathroom chair. You can also take a sponge bath if you don't have a fever. Steamy hot showers are effective because it can moisturize your nasal passages and help you sleep better.
5. Avoid maximum exertion of energy. Stay in bed and relax so that you can recuperate as early as possible. Take a sick leave from work so that no one can catch the flu from you.
6. Observe the condition of the fever if you have one. An adult who has a fever that exceeds 103 degrees, it's better to call your doctor. Take note that temperatures of 103° and above are considered high and may signal a serious infection especially had if you had the fever for more than three days.
Young children should be seen immediately by their pediatricians if they have a high fever that lasts for 24 hours. A baby with the flu may be uneasy, lethargic and does not want to eat the food that is offered to him or her as usual. But if thebaby expresses typical excitement for play and has good appetite and energetic then you don't have to worry about anything.
7. Gargle because this can make your sore throat become moist therefore bring temporary relief. Have a teaspoon of salt dissolved in warm water and gargle 3-4 times daily. You can also have one tablespoon of lemon juice dissolved inwarm water mixed with one teaspoon of honey.
Allow the mixture to cool (roomtemperature) before gargling. Take note that honey should not be given to achild younger than 1 year old.
8. Put a cold or hot pack all over your congested sinuses. There are affordable hot or cold packs in most drugstores. If you already have one at home then you can just select the temperature that could help you feel more relaxed and relieved. Remember to test first the temperature to make sure it's not too hot nor too cold for you.
9. Consult your doctor before taking any medication. There are pain and fever reducers and one example is Tylenol (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug)that many people take but it could also give possible negative side effects from frequent use so it's best to ask your doctor before taking any type of medication.
A spray or the pill form decongestant may be taken by adults but this could also increase congestion when taken for more than 3 days. If you have young children having flu, you need to talk to the pediatrician before giving any flu medicine. They should not take any decongestant unless recommended by their own pediatricians. Most parents and care givers only use humidifiers, saline nasal sprays and breathing strips that are used to stop snoring.
Tips and Warning:
In some cases, your doctor may prescribe an antiviral medication to help you fight a bad case of flu. Doctors may only do it if other flu treatment methods have failed. Most of the time, lots of rest and drinking plenty of fluids will speed up your recovery from the flu.
If you're stuck with the flu, this might be the perfect time to take watch movies or read a book after having a long and good sleep. Many people become doubtful when they purchase a cough syrup. Being aware of the difference between the two medications is truly important because taking the wrong type of cough syrup may keep a person from getting better.
A cough suppressant simply lessens the urge to cough. It should never be taken if the cough produces mucus and sounds wet. But if the cough doesn't produce mucus and is hacking then a cough suppressant could be useful to minimize the coughing. It can help provide comfort and make you sleep better.
On the other hand, an expectorant can thin the mucusthat blocks the air tubes leading to the lungs. It makes the mucus not difficult to cough up and could be helpful for people with conditions that require them to cough up mucus. For example, coughing is helpful and shouldn't be stopped because it clears the airway of mucus build-up for a person with pneumonia.
So an expectorant can make coughing up mucus less irritating. It can help relieve chest congestion and make breathing easier. Expectorants and cough suppressants may bepurchased without a prescription but in order to avoid dehydration, it should be taken with plenty of fluids.