What do you do if you have the flu?


Are you or someone in your house sick with the flu? There’s no cure, but there are some natural ways to ease some or all of these symptoms of flu as reported by CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fever* , cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose,body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, sometimes diarrhea and vomiting.

Give these a try today.

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.

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 turn that nasty, thick mucus into a thin liquid you can cough up and spit out.

3. Treat aches and fever.

Got fever? That’s because your body has turned up the heat to fight off the flu virus.Treat it and the aches that come with it with over-the-counter medication like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen. Ask your doctor which is right for you.

4. Breathe in steam.

Fill the bathroom sink with hot water. Add 1 teaspoon of an over-the-counter menthol rub and breathe in the steam for several minutes until you feel better. You can also add a few drops of menthol or eucalyptus oil. They can open your airways, ease congestion, and make it easier to breathe. There’s no proof, though, that any of these really help with the symptoms.

5. Sip some soup.

For generations, caring parents have been serving chicken soup to kids with colds and flu. But was mom right? Possibly. A study published in the journal Chest showed that chicken soup may help with symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections like the flu.

6. Try a warm compress.

On the forehead and nose, a warm cloth is a great way to relieve headache or sinus pain.

7. Stay away from others as much as possible to keep from infecting them

Stay away from others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. If you must leave home, for example to get medical care, wear a facemask if you have one, or cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Wash your hands often to keep from spreading flu to others.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

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