Millions of people get influenza or flu each winter. The flu is caused by tiny germs called viruses that spread easily from person to person. The flu usually doesn’t make you very sick, but it’s life-threatening for people with underlying conditions like diabetes or cardiovascular disease. Even if you’re not at high risk, the flu can be life-altering. Here are 10 helpful tips to help you and your family survive the flu season.
How is the flu spread?
Influenza is very contagious and is spread through the air when someone coughs or sneeze. The virus can also live on surfaces for hours, so you can catch it when you touch a door handle or grab a book from a shelf. You’re contagious before you have symptoms, so it’s easy to infect people around you without knowing it. If you have any symptoms, do not go to work or school. This will prevent the virus from spreading to your co-workers or friends at school.
How do you know if you have the flu or a cold?
The common cold and flu are common winter illnesses. Because some of your symptoms are so similar, you may be wondering how to tell the difference. Here is a chart of the normal symptoms of a cold and the flu and how to tell them apart.
Top Ten Tips for Survival During Flu Season
Flu season runs from December to March, but it can come even later and varies from year to year. As the season progresses each year, it is good to be reminded of how to avoid getting the flu or how to better take care of yourself if you do get the flu. Here are some simple but effective tips for surviving the flu.
1. Add some healthy probiotics to your diet
According to a landmark study in the medical journal Current opinion in gastroenterology, Gut health is key to a healthy immune system. Feeding the natural and healthy microbiome of your gut helps to fight viruses and keep it well. Additionally, the study notes that a healthy gut can shorten the time you experience symptoms if you catch the flu. Scientists continue to investigate exactly why this connection is so strong.
How are probiotics obtained? They are easy to eat fermented foods. Some of the proven offerings that you should add to your diet include the following:
2. Wash your hands
Make sure to wash your hands a lot in winter. There are so many germs floating around this time of year. If you are around someone who is sick, in addition to washing your hands, clean surfaces like doorknobs and counters with bleaching wipes. Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. You may want to ventilate your home once a day by opening windows and doors to allow clean, fresh air to move throughout the home.
This will freshen the air and kill the germs that are floating in the air. Keep hand sanitizer on your desk at work and use it periodically throughout the day.
3. Stay home
If you are not feeling well, be sure to stay home. It’s tempting to want to go ahead and go to work or school, but it’s not helpful to you. Also, you could end up spreading the flu to other people around you. Stay home to rest so your body can fight the virus. If you continue to work, your body can’t fight the virus as well, so it becomes exhausted. This can lead to a secondary infection such as pneumonia.
4. Treat the flu with homeopathy
Homeopathy is an effective way to treat flu symptoms. Oscillococcinum supports your body’s ability to fight the flu virus. It can shorten your symptoms and help you feel better faster. You can buy it at many grocery stores or online. When you have the first symptoms of the flu, take the first dose of Oscillococcinum. Repeat two or three times every six hours. If you have had the flu for several days, take one dose in the morning and one dose in the evening for three days.
When you have the flu, the best thing you can do for your body is rest in bed. It’s tempting to want to get up and try to get some work done. It’s okay to be a television addict when you have the flu. Turn off your phone and television and try to get a lot of sleep from science shows how sleep will boost your immune system so you can better fight the virus.
6. Drink lots of fluids
Push in liquids like water, juice, or clear bone broth. It’s easy to get dehydrated from a fever, so drinking fluids will replace the fluids your body is losing. Being fully hydrated will help your body heal. Other things that can help you stay hydrated include:
- Chunks of ice
- Sport drinks
- Clear soda like ginger ale
- Lemon-lime sodas
- Herbal teas
- Sugar free seltzer water
A note. Our readers know that we generally share information about why you should avoid soda and sugary foods. Consider recovering from the flu, a rare exception to this rule.
7. Treat your aches and pains
The flu can cause muscle aches and pains. This is because your immune system sends your white blood cells throughout your body to fight infection, which causes inflammation in your muscles and joints. To relieve pain and stiffness, try taking a warm shower. You can also take a dose or two of acetaminophen if the pain keeps you awake.
8. Treatment of fever
Fever is common when you have the flu. The big question is whether you should try to lower the fever with medication or let the fever run its course so that your body can fight the virus. Studies show that it may be better to cope with the fever and not take medications to lower it. Of course, if you have a medical condition that would put you in danger if you had a fever, you should take a moment to call your doctor and discuss your options. Also, remember to drink plenty of fluids due to fever.
9. Eat healthy and nutritious food.
Being sick is not a reason to skip meals or eat unhealthy foods. Boost your body’s immune system with healthy foods rich in vitamins and minerals.
- Blueberries: These little berries They are rich in flavonoids and antioxidants, which boost your immune system. They are also high in vitamin C, which is good for fighting infection.
- Bananas: Bananas are rich in potassium.
- Cranberry: Drink cranberry juice to increase your vitamin C and antioxidants.
- Bone broths: these broths are useful for developing your amino acids. Chicken or beef broths contain many vitamins and minerals.
- Oatmeal: A warm bowl of oatmeal is a comfort food when you have the flu. Packed with fiber and B vitamins, choose old-fashioned whole oats over quick oats, as they contain the most vitamins and minerals.
10. Relieve your sore throat
The flu can irritate or irritate the throat. Try sucking on throat lozenges, hard candy, or cough drops to relieve throat irritations. Zinc The lozenges are also good for the throat, plus they can help your body fight infection. Some people find relief from a sore throat by gargling with warm salt water twice a day.
What if you are not improving?
Everyone responds differently to the flu. The flu virus usually lasts 7 to 14 days with aches, pains, fever, and fatigue. If you feel like you’re not getting better, you may want to watch out for these symptoms.
- Difficulty breathing
- Shortness of breath or coughing up thick mucus
- The fever comes and goes.
- Your symptoms last more than two weeks.
- Chest pain
- Severe pain in the sinuses
If you have these symptoms, call your doctor immediately. You may have a secondary bacterial infection along with the flu. Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic to fight the bacterial infection.
Influenza is a common winter viral infection that, According to the CDC, it causes between 10 and 45 million illnesses each year. It is important to protect yourself against the flu by getting a yearly flu shot. This can prevent you from getting the flu altogether or at least reduce severe flu symptoms.
Wash your hands frequently during the winter and, if possible, stay away from anyone who has the flu. If you do get the flu, try taking the homeopathic remedy Oscillococcinum directly to help fight the infection. Sleep, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy foods. Take lukewarm showers to reduce pain, and take aspirin or acetaminophen if the pain is too bad. If your symptoms persist for more than two weeks or you develop a bad cough or high fever, call your doctor. They can help you find relief if you don’t get over the viral infection on your own.