Autumn might be a beautiful season but she can be a cruel one too! It’s the season for bugs galore and the dreaded influenza. Flu can strike any of us, from the healthy gym goer, through to the elderly parent. It can wipe us all out, irrespective of our age and fitness. When you have flu, you will know about it.
What Should You Do If You Or Someone In Your House Gets Flu?
There is no cure for flu. You have to wait for it to run its course. However, there are some things that you can do to help ease the symptoms.
Tip 1 – Rest
You will not be doing anyone any favours if you try to carry on with your day to day life and work. If you have flu you need to stay at home and in bed. You do not want to be going outdoors and spreading your germs around. Ring up work and inform them that you will not be coming in for at least a couple of days. You need lots of sleep if you are to recover. Don’t feel guilty for it, embrace it. You could even try and watch some television. However, you may find that the screen gives you a headache or that you are unable to concentrate.
Tip 2 – Fluids
You will be hot and sweating. Therefore, you need to be taking on lots of fluids. You could have sports drinks like Lucozade, water, soup or fruit juices. If you are unable to keep any liquid down then you should see your doctor immediately, or you could use the NHS GP App and the doctors on there will be able to advise you on what you should do.
Tip 3 – Ibuprofen
You will probably find that you feel really achy and that you have a fever. Taking ibuprofen can help treat aches and pains. You should check with your doctor first before taking any medicine. They will be able to advise you what the best medicine for you to take is. You might also want to soak in a warm bath. This might help you feel more comfortable. However, be careful and make sure that you don’t run it too hot. You should also only take a bath if there is someone else in the house.
Tip 4 – Steam
If you feel too ill for a bath, then sitting in a steamy bathroom might help. Steam will help if you are feeling stuffed up. Run the shower until the room fills with steam. Again, you need to be careful and should only do this if there is someone else at home with you.
Tip 5 – Throat Sweets
Sucking on a throat sweet will help if you have a scratchy throat. You will be able to pick these up from your local chemist.
What To Do If You Aren’t Getting Better
You should call your doctor or use the NHS GP App if you aren’t getting better. Flu can be really nasty and if you have any concerns then you should speak to your doctor straight away. You can find more information on the symptoms of flu and how to treat it on the NHS website.
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