How To Get Rid Of The Flu
We have all been there, feeling the aches and pains from a bad case of the flu. Dr. Stuart Flanagan provides tips and medical advice on how anyone can get rid of the uncomfortable symptoms of flu as quickly as possible.
These are some tips on how to get rid of The Flu. So what is Flu? Well, it's an acute respiratory illness which is caused by the influenza virus. It's transmitted by droplet transmission.
That means that it's spread by coughs, and sneezes, and person-to-person contact. The most common symptoms of flu are coughs, sneezes, headaches, a general feeling of malaise or tiredness, muscle aches, and particularly a sore throat also. The symptoms can persist for two, three, even up to five days, and certainly the feeling of tiredness can last even longer.
Sometimes for seven to ten days. So, what things can we do to manage flu symptoms? First of all, it's important to get plenty of rest and to stay warm. Also, drink plenty of fluids.
When we've got the Flu, we tend to sweat a bit more, particularly if we're running a fever, or temperature. That can make us quite uncomfortable and dehydrated, so drink plenty of water. Small amounts, frequently.
We can often feel like we don't want to eat anything, but it's important that we try and eat small amounts throughout the day. I'd recommend taking some fairly bland foods, like toast or pasta, something that you'll be able to manage. Other things that you can take are painkillers, which will relieve the headache and the sore throat, and also help to improve the muscle aches that you can get.
I recommend simple painkillers, like Paracetamol. Also, you can try something like Ibuprofen if your muscle aches are particularly uncomfortable. Anti-nausea tables might help if you feel a bit sick, but it's good to keep some ginger biscuits by your bedside that you can nibble on and help with feelings of nausea.
It's really important, because Flu is so infectious, that you don't mix with other people who might be really vulnerable to flu, particularly older people or anyone else who has got diabetes which may make them prone to respiratory tract illnesses, also, pregnant women who could be prone to a very severe bout of flu. For the main part, stay at home, rest up, and take plenty of fluids. Eat what you can.
Make sure you take painkillers and your Flu should settle over the course of two to three days. If it persists for longer than that, or you're feeling much more unwell, particularly if your temperature persists, make sure you contact your doctor. Get them to assess you and see how things are going.
Those are some tips on how to manage Flu. We have all been there, feeling the aches and pains from a bad case of the flu. Dr.
Stuart Flanagan provides tips and medical advice on how anyone can get rid of the uncomfortable symptoms of flu as quickly as possible.