Home Remedies for the Flu

The flu virus causes a variety of symptoms that can make you feel miserable. Many of these symptoms can keep you bedridden for days and even weeks. These symptoms include:

  • A high fever (101 degrees or higher)
  • Headaches
  • Severe fatigue
  • Muscles aches
  • An unproductive cough
  • A stuffy nose
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • A sore throat

Unfortunately, there is no cure for the flu. If you seek medical attention as soon as the symptoms begin, your doctor can prescribe Tamiflu. This won’t cure the flu but it can decrease the length of time that you suffer from the virus. If you wait too long before you see a doctor, you will need to allow the virus to run its course. Fortunately, there are a few home remedies that can help you feel better while your body is fighting off the virus.

Fever Reducer

It is important that you try to keep your fever down when you have the flu. There are plenty of over the counter fever reducers, such as Tylenol, that you can take to keep your fever down. When you take these products, it is important that you take them as directed to keep your fever from spiking again. The fever reducer can also help with the muscle aches that you will likely experience when you have the flu.

Cough Suppressant

A hacking cough is a common symptom of the flu. In many cases, the coughing can keep you up at night. There are plenty of over the counter cough suppressants available that can calm your cough and help you sleep. It is best to go with a 12-hour formula. This will keep it from wearing off in the middle of the night.

Nasal Decongestant

A stuffy nose can make it difficult to breathe through your nose. This can make you feel miserable and it can also make sleeping difficult. To treat the problem at home, you can use an over the counter nasal decongestant. These come in liquid form, pill form, or in a nasal spray. When your nose is clear and you can breathe freely, it can help you feel much better. If you prefer not to use medication, you can use a neti pot to irrigate your nasal passages naturally.

Get Plenty of Rest

When you have the flu, you will likely feel very tired. This is because your body is using all of its energy to fight off the virus. If you don’t allow your body to get the rest that it needs to fight off the flu, it will take longer for you to start feeling better. If you are having trouble sleeping at night because of your flu symptoms, you should think about taking Nyquil. Not only will this relieve many of your flu symptoms, it also contains a mild sedative to help you fall asleep and stay asleep.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is very important when you have the flu. It is good to drink plenty of water. You should also consider drinking beverages that contain electrolytes. When you have the flu, your electrolyte levels can become imbalanced. Drinking fluids that will balance out your electrolytes can help you feel better and fight the virus faster. If you are having trouble keeping anything down, you risk becoming dehydrated. In this case, you should go to the hospital to be treated with IV fluids.

While there is no cure for the flu, you can treat your symptoms at home. The better you are able to treat your flu symptoms, the better you will feel while your body is fighting off the infection.

 

 

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