The first step in treating this illness is to take good care of yourself. If you have symptoms -- fever, chills, aches, and feeling bad all over -- doctors say you should rest, eat healthy food, and drink more fluids than you usually do. A fever can dry out your system, so you need to replace what you’re losing. Water and broth are fine, especially if you don’t really want to eat.
It’s best to give your body a rest. So if you don’t feel much like moving around, it’s fine to stay in bed. Get up when you feel you can. Don’t exercise if you have chest congestion, a hacking cough, body aches, or fever.
To prevent flu -- or any illness -- you've got to stick with a healthy lifestyle.
"I really believe your immune system takes care of a lot of things," says Erica Brownfield, MD, a professor of internal medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. "Even if you've been exposed to the flu, you don't have to get it."
The best flu prevention strategy is basic -- good nutrition, regular exercise, and enough sleep, she tells WebMD. "You can also wash hands frequently, and avoid people who...
Some doctors think a fever can be a good thing, because it zaps the flu virus. Does that mean taking medicine to lower your fever could slow your recovery? With a mild fever (less than 100 degrees F), maybe by a little bit. But if you feel lousy you may want to take one anyway. Fever makes your heart and lungs work harder, so these meds may be a good idea for older people and those with heart or lung disease. If your fever is high or doesn’t get better after 2 or 3 days, call your doctor to see if you need an office visit.
Products made to treat more than one symptom can help, too. But if you have only one or two complaints, pick a medicine that treats what’s bothering you.