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How can I stay hydrated while I have the flu?

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To stay hydrated, drink at least 64 ounces of liquid each day - it doesn't all have to be water. Fluids help to thin out the thick mucus that builds up with the flu. Hot drinks may work better than cold. Avoid coffee, tea with caffeine, or alcohol. They can all dry you out.

SOURCES:

CDC.

Mayo Clinic: "Influenza (Flu)."

FDA: "The Flu."

MedicineNet: "Cold, Flu, Allergy Treatments."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "What to do if you get the flu."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold: Treatment."

Medline Plus: "Common Cold," "Flu."

Reviewed by William Blahd on November 3, 2016

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SOURCES:

CDC.

Mayo Clinic: "Influenza (Flu)."

FDA: "The Flu."

MedicineNet: "Cold, Flu, Allergy Treatments."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "What to do if you get the flu."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold: Treatment."

Medline Plus: "Common Cold," "Flu."

Reviewed by William Blahd on November 3, 2016

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