How to Survive the Flu Season

With the flu season wreaking havoc around Nebraska, preparation is key to making sure you survive until the tide is passed. Schools and other public areas are hotbeds for the disease to spread, so knowing how to deal with the symptoms is bound to come in handy.

One thing that you need to be prepared for is having a high fever. Here are some tips for when the fever hits:

  1. Stay hydrated- With a high fever, you often sweat and lose a lot of water. Hydration is key in these situations, in order to keep up your body fluids and allow your body to heal. Drinking water is helpful, and drinks with sugar and electrolytes, such as sports drinks like gatorade, are also recommended.
  2. Fever reducers- One of the most influential forms of reducing a fever is to take medicine. Over the counter ibuprofen and other pain/fever reducers can be a major help.
  3. Cold compresses- It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book, but it works wonders. It can help to make you feel better and reduce your fever if you wet a washcloth with cold water and apply it to your forehead or body.

With the flu also comes a sore throat, which also has some easy at home cures, such as:

  1. Gargle salt water- By gargling warm salt water, you can reduce itchy, sore sensations in your throat. In order to make this the most productive, the Mayo Clinic recommends gargling four to eight ounces of water with ¼ to ½ a teaspoon of salt.
  2. Hot tea with honey- The honey mixed in with a hot liquid can be very soothing to a sore throat. As well as reducing the pain, tea also helps to keep you hydrated, which is very important when ill.
  3. Run a humidifier- Increasing the humidity in a room can be incredibly helpful in trying to heal a sore throat. The added humidity helps to soothe the damaged muscles in both the throat and nasal cavities.

Last, but certainly not least, one of the worst symptoms of the flu is a terrible cough. So many people are affected by this symptom when they have the flu, and it can make your experience miserable. Here are some of the ways to lessen a cough:

  1. Take a steamy shower or bath- A good way to deal with a cough is to take a hot shower or bath to create steam and help loosen up any mucus that would be causing a cough. It could also lessen a stuffy nose or a sore throat.
  2. Cough drops- As simple as it sounds, cough drops can actually be very helpful to reducing a cough. It’s recommended that you try drops with menthol in them, as that can numb the throat and decrease cough reflexes.
  3. Get some rest- While it’s easy to get caught up in your busy life, when the flu or any other illness hits it’s best to take a break and give your body time to heal. When you are asleep your body can focus on healing you, and you will not strain yourself as much.

If you happen to get sick this flu season, these tips could be helpful in making your illness a little bit more bearable. Just keep in mind to take care of yourself, and we will all cross our fingers that you do not come down with anything!