Influenza, or the flu, can be a very dangerous sickness that affects many people each year, according to JustFlu.com. The flu affects up to 60 million Americans each year. Children are two to three times more likely to catch the flu than adults. Kids often spread the flu to others much more than adults do. Kids get about six to ten colds each year and around two million school days are lost due to the common cold.
Symptoms of the flu virus include fever, headache, grogginess, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, nausea, diarrhea and/or vomiting. According to Lysol.com, the flu virus can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours and 59% of those surfaces are in the home. The flu can also travel up to 12 feet in the air at 100 mph.
There is no doubt that the flu is a dangerous virus. Although you may not want to catch the flu in the first place, there are some very helpful remedies to recover from this common sickness.
According to HealthGuidance.org, the best way to get over the flu, agreed upon by doctors and prominent figures is to fast to sweat out the virus. By not eating anything, you are allowing your body to release all the bad toxins of the virus.
If you decide that you can’t fast and you need nourishment throughout your day, drinking a lot of fluids, such as water, can cool down your interior body temperature and give you more fluids to help sweat out the virus. Also, eating fruit is a great source of vitamins that will help your body fight off the flu virus and chicken noodle soup broth is high in proteins and is easier to keep down than solid foods. Drinking hot tea will give you disease-fighting antioxidants, and drinking it with honey or lemon can relieve a sore throat. The steam from hot tea can also relieve congestion.
Another way to get over the flu is the obvious factor of staying home. If you attend school or work while infected with the flu virus, you are not only depriving yourself of proper recuperation when it’s most needed, but you are also increasing the risk of spreading the virus to those you come into contact with.
Being out and about isn’t an ideal form of recovery from the flu. Getting plenty of rest will help you get better faster. Even though sleep is the best kind of rest to receive when infected with the flu virus, simply laying down and watching TV is healthier for your recovery than being up and doing what you would do daily. Resting under plenty of covers helps you sweat out the virus much faster because of the heat to your body.
Cough medicine is another way to get over the flu because it will prevent you from coughing, which often times makes you feel even worse. You can also use the side effects of cough medicine to your advantage. It can sedate you, which is ideal considering the fact that you should be trying to sleep a lot anyways.
An age-old method of recovering from the flu is to put your head over a pot of boiling water with a towel over your head. This creates a small space where your face can receive most of the steam created by the boiling water. The steam allows you to breathe deeper and decongest your throat relieving you from a bad cough or a runny nose.
In some cases, the flu may have a very harsh effect on people. If you happen to be infected with the flu virus, try some of these methods and you should get better soon enough to return to your daily life.