Even after you've done your best to avoid the flu, you can still find yourself home sick with symptoms like aches, fever and chills, and a cough. These should start to ease up in a week or so. Until then, you can use these 9 tips to start feeling better.
1. Go Antiviral
Ask your doctor about antiviral medicines, and do it right away. The catch is antiviral medicines work best when you take them within two days after starting to feel sick. And your doctor needs to prescribe them.
Your doctor might prescribe a pill, liquid, or inhaler. The medicine can shorten the flu and make your symptoms milder. Once you take it, though, you may have mild side effects, like nausea, vomiting, and dizziness.
2. Go With It
Fighting the flu can leave you feeling wiped out. Don’t try to be a super-hero. You need plenty of rest to help your immune system do its job.
Stay home and camp out on the couch, or rest in bed for a few days until you've recovered. That way, you also won't spread the flu virus to anyone else.
3. Sip All Day Long
The flu can leave you dehydrated. Drink lots of water, clear broth, juice, or sports drinks to restore lost fluids and replace electrolytes like salt and potassium. Extra fluid can also flush out mucus and keep your throat moist.
If you're too weak to drink, suck on ice chips or a frozen fruit popsicle. Avoid sodas and other drinks with caffeine. They can dehydrate you even more.
4. Heat Things Up
To increase fluids and relieve a sore throat, make a cup of hot tea and stir in a little honey. Or heat up a bowl of chicken soup. There's some evidence that the ingredients in chicken soup can help your immune system fight off infections.
5. Open Up
If your nose is too stuffed to breathe or sleep, take an over-the-counter decongestant pill or use a decongestant spray. These medicines shrink swollen blood vessels in your nose to unclog your airways.