For those unlucky enough to get influenza (flu), the symptoms can be almost unbearable. Below are some suggestions you can try to help alleviate flu symptoms. As always, consult your physician and/or pharmacist before taking any medications.
- Antihistamine - Used if you have drainage
- Cough Medicine - Used to help clear out phlegm
- Decongestant - Used for nasal or sinus congestion
- Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen - Used for aches (Advil, Tylenol)
- Medicated Lozenges - Used for sore throat
For more details about over-the-counter medications for flu symptom relief read, "6 Tips for Fast Relief From Cold and Flue Symptoms," at WebMD.
- Rest - Get a lot of rest. The body needs time and energy to fight off influenza. Often times, staying warm and allowing fevers to run their course (to fight off infection/viruses) can be the best course of action
- Clearing Congestion - Use salt water, or a saline solution, to help clear your nasal passages. Taking hot, steamy showers can also help open up your nasal passages.
- Eat Well - It can be hard to eat well, especially when it's hard to smell and taste your food. However, your body needs good nutrition in order to fight off disease.
- Hydration - Make sure you drink lots of liquid. Your body needs lots of water when you're sick in order to fight off disease, and to help keep you from getting dehydrated.
More tips can be found in the article, "Natural Ways to Treat Colds and Flu," at WebMD.