It’s flu season, which is why it’s important that you and your family should get your flu shots. However, if the flu has already hit you or your loved ones, here are 3 home remedies to fight it off.
Drinking fluids when you have the flu is recommended for multiple reasons. A common symptom associated with the flu with dehydration, especially if you’re vomiting or have diarrhea. Liquids also keep your respiratory system hydrated and turns mucus into a thin liquid you can cough or spit out, which is good because liquid in the lungs leads to infections. Recommended fluids include water, soup, fruit juices, or electrolyte beverages. It’s advised you stay away from caffeinated drinks (they’re diuretic) and alcohol.
You’re going to be tempted to go to work, exercise, maintain your home, or send your kid to school if they’re the one who’s sick. However, your body needs to fight off the flu with rest. Stay in bed and try your best to not do much around the house. It’s especially important for your child to stay home to avoid fainting or passing out at school due to exhaustion. Also remember, you or your child is very contagious! Going to work or forcing your child to go to school may spread the flu around.
Mist humidifiers or vaporizers ease nasal congestion, cough, and a sore throat. If you don’t own a humidifier, taking a steam shower a few times a day or turning on the shower and sitting in a steamy bathroom also helps. Another home remedy is boiling a pot of water and putting a towel over your head and the pot; making a steamy tent essentially.
Seeing a Doctor
The flu can often lead to mild or severe illness and sometimes even death. It’s important to make an appointment with a doctor if you or your child’s flu seems persistent. For local Phoenix pediatricians, request an appointment with Pediatrix.