Do you think you or a family member has the flu? let’s take a look at the symptoms people with the flu often have, some or all of these symptoms happens at times; a fever or feeling feverish or having chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose muscle or body aches, headaches, feeling fatigued, being very tired, some people may also have vomiting or diarrhea, remember you may have some or all of these symptoms and these can range from mild to severe, I once had a sore throat fever and my body just ached all over, I rarely get sick but I knew I had the flu when I just couldn’t get out of bed one morning, To reduce my fever, the doctor said that I could take a set of medicine like Tylenol or ibuprofen like motrin and another thing my doctor said is that I should stay home for at least 24 hours after I was free of fever without having to take any medicines to actually lower my fever so even though I’m feeling a lot better I’m staying put until that time. If you think you have the flu, try to limit the number of outings, when you need to get medical care or for other necessities, people who are at higher risk of severe illness from the flu should talk to their doctor about prescription medicines called antivirals, if they get flu symptoms, these drugs are important tool against flu, they can make your illness milder and make you feel better faster, remember anyone who has the flu drink plenty of liquids, stay home and get some rest and if you are worried about your illness getting worse instead of better, contact your doctor.
Some natural ways to ease your symptoms include;
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.
You may want to treat it if you are uncomfortable or have any of the aches that come with it. with over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen. Ask your doctor which is right for you.
Never give aspirin to anyone younger than 19. It’s linked to a condition known as Reye’s syndrome, a serious illness that can damage the brain and liver.
4. Take care of your cough.
Over-the-counter treatments can calm your hack. Try an expectorant, which turns mucus into liquid so you can cough it up. Don’t give over-the-counter cough or cold medicine to children under 4.
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.