It’s that dreaded time of year again for Flu Season. As if we don’t already have enough going on with lack of sleep, chronic pain, financial strain, flashbacks and numerous doctor appointments the Flu Season has arrived.
7 Tips To Erase Flu Symptoms
1. Mind your Flu Manners. Stay home, get plenty of rest and cancel any appointments you may have regarding your Motor Vehicle Collision. You’re sick and very contagious! Take advantage of this down time and try your best to rest.
2. Constantly wash your hands and dispose of any used kleenex immediately to prevent further germs to accumulate. If possible, open up your bedroom window to let fresh air in to circulate.
3. Drink plenty of fluids. It doesn’t have to be all water as fruit juices, sports drinks and chicken noodle soup also count. They keep your respiratory system hydrated and turn that nasty thick mucus into a thin liquid you can cough up and spit out. That’s good because if it builds up in your lungs it could lead to infection.
4. Treat aches and fever. Although it may be difficult to determine if the aches are from your chronic pain or the flu, experience does show that motor vehicle collision survivors suffer worse than the average person with the flu. Mixing your daily chronic pain with flu like symptoms is not pleasant. Got a fever? Your body has turned up the heat to fight off the flu virus. Ask your doctor what medication will be right for you.
5. Take care of your cough. Gargling with salt water helps get rid of the thick mucus that can collect at the back of the throat, especially after you’ve been lying down. Try a lozenge. Sucking on a lozenge will moisten and coat a scratchy throat and it may quiet your cough too. Over the counter treatments can calm your hack but if your cough persists after a few days, always follow up with a medical professional.
6. Breathe in steam. Fill the bathroom sink with hot water. Add 1 teaspoon of an over the counter menthol rub and breathe in the steam for several minutes until you feel better or you can sit in a steamy bathroom. Sit in the bathroom with the door closed, let the shower run hot until the room fills up with moist steam.
7. Run the humidifier. If the air in your residence is dry, a mist humidifier or vaporizer can moisten it to ease congestion and coughs. Don’t use a warm mist because it can promote the growth of bacteria and molds. Also make sure to keep the device clean to prevent mold development.
The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace a physician’s advice. Please always consult your physician for your medical needs.
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