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Q:Momma, I'm sick with the flu. What should I do?
1: Blow Your Nose Often
It’s important to blow your nose regularly when you have a cold rather than sniffling. But when you blow hard, pressure can cause an earache. The best way to blow your nose: Press a finger over one nostril while you blow gently to clear the other. Wash your hands after blowing your nose.
2: Stay Rested
Resting when you first come down with a cold or the flu helps your body direct its energy toward the immune battle. This battle taxes the body. So give it a little help by lying down under a blanket.
Gargling can moisten a sore throat and bring temporary relief. Try a teaspoon of salt dissolved in warm water, four times daily. To reduce the tickle in your throat, try an astringent gargle. Or use a thick, viscous gargle made with honey or a mixture of honey and apple cider vinegar, a popular folk remedy. Steep one tablespoon of raspberry leaves or lemon juice in two cups of hot water and mix in one teaspoon of honey. Let the mixture cool to room temperature before gargling. Honey should never be given to children under age 1.
4: Drink Hot Liquids
Hot liquids relieve nasal congestion, help prevent dehydration, and soothe the uncomfortably inflamed membranes that line your nose and throat.
5: Take a Steamy Shower
Steamy showers moisturize your nasal passages and relax you. If you’re dizzy from the flu, run a steamy shower while you sit on a chair nearby and take a sponge bath.
6: Apply Hot or Cold Packs Around Your Congested Sinuses
Either temperature may help you feel more comfortable. You can buy reusable hot or cold packs at a drugstore. Or make your own. Take a damp washcloth and heat it for 55 seconds in a microwave (test the temperature first to make sure it’s not scalding). Or take a small bag of frozen peas to use as a cold pack.
7: Sleep With an Extra Pillow Under Your Head
This will help with the drainage of nasal passages. If the angle is too awkward, try placing the pillows between the mattress and the box springs to create a more gradual slope.
However if your symptoms get worse I highly suggest going to a walk in clinic if you can.
Feel better soon! xoxo
Hiya, I’m just going to add an extra bullet-point on here:
8. When/if you do have to sneeze, sneeze into the crook of your sleeve/arm.
Doing so DRASTICALLY reduces the spread of germs, is a courtesy to the public at large, and when people see you doing so, they’ll think, “Well, there goes a person who is mindful and probably pretty radical all the time. I bet they’re a fan of that Shark blog.”
It’s a small gesture that can have a big impact. Get to feeling better soon!
- Engineer Dave