The variable climate winter brings makes it a perfect time of the year for the cold and flu season. When you start to feel symptoms come on such as chills, fever, sore throat or congestion, being proactive in treating them can go a long way to recovering quicker.
Cold and Flu Treatment Tips
- Rest, rest, rest. When you’re sick, your body requires more energy to ward off the sickness. Taking some time off so your body can heal properly could shorten how long you’re sick.
- Focus on hydration as part of your treatment plan. Drinking water thins mucus, which could break up the congestion. You can also achieve this by sipping warm liquids such as teas and chicken broth. As an added benefit, they keep you warm on chilly days.
- When a sore or itchy throat strikes, mix a ¼ of a teaspoon of salt into warm water then gargle it.
- Using a heater regularly can make your home’s air drier, which could make your cold’s symptoms such as congestion more pronounced. To add moisture into the air, use a dehumidifier.
- There’s a sweet solution to fix a coughing fit: honey. Honey coats your throat, reducing that tickle that prompts coughs.
- Take the appropriate over the counter medicine as symptoms present themselves. This could involve treating your sore throat with lozenges, your congested sinuses with a decongestant or an expectorant to break up mucus.
- That said if you have been treating your illness and things don’t improve within one to two weeks, it’s a good idea to see a doctor.
Ultimately, it’s important to be as proactive as you can be when treating cold and flu symptoms as this can reduce the severity and length of your illness.
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