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WHAT TO DO, IF YOU’VE GOT THE FLU

Suffering from the flu is no fun – here are ways to relieve some of the symptoms.

 

1. Nasal Congestion

If your nose feels stuffed, one solution is to irrigate your nasal passages using a saline solution in either a “teapot-style” device or a squeeze bottle. This will ease your breathing by shrinking swollen mucous membranes, leaving more room for air to get through. You can also humidify your environment, either by using a steam vaporizer or by taking a few warm showers in a day.1 Your pharmacist can also make recommendations for medication, such as antihistamines, pseudoephedrine and other decongestants for optimal relief.2 If you have medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, be sure to check with your pharmacist for products that will not affect your condition.

 

2. Sore Throat

A ticklish throat can be soothed by regular gargling sessions. Use a solution of 1 teaspoonful of salt dissolved in 1 cup (240 ml) of water.3 If you have a humidifier, it will also help your throat by making sure the air is not so dry. As well cough lozenges and cough drops may offer you temporary relief.4

 

3. Fever

Bring down your body temperature a few points by placing a cool, damp washcloth on your forehead or by taking a lukewarm bath.5 You can also treat your fever by taking non-prescription medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.6

 

4. Aches and muscle pain

Body aches and pain may be relieved by taking non-prescription medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Getting plenty of rest will also help shorten the duration of these symptoms.7

Sadly, there’s no magic remedy to the flu—the best thing you can do to get over it is to rest and hydrate as much as possible. The treatments recommended above may help alleviate the symptoms, but they won’t make you any less contagious. It’s always better to stay home to avoid infecting your friends and co-workers.8 That being said, you can still head out to visit your nearest Guardian, I.D.A, Medicine Shoppe or Remedy’sRx pharmacist for recommendations to fast track your recovery.

Note: If you have had the flu for more than three weeks, please see your doctor.

 

1http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/flu-guide/home-remedies-for-fast-flu-relief?page=1#1
2,4,6
http://www.flu.gov/symptoms-treatment/treatment/
3,7
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/homecare/treatsymptoms.htm
5
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/homecare/treatfever.htm
8
http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/flu-guide/adult-flu-symptoms

The information in this article is presented strictly for informational purposes only, and should not be taken as medical advice. Please see your health care provider if you have any questions about your condition, medication, or treatment.

WHAT IS THE FLU?

Seasonal influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a highly contagious infection of the airways, affecting the nose, throat and lungs.

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