Most discussions about the cold or flu involve prevention – healthy habits, things to do, certain situations to avoid and other preventative measures. But what about those crucial post-flu (or post-cold) days? With all the focus on the “before,” how does the “after” impact well-being?
This blog post will look at 5 specific things to do after the cold or flu. But first, let’s look at the distinct differences between the cold & flu.
Cold & Flu – Onset & Avoidance
As far as smart recovery options, it doesn’t matter what illness you’re trying to overcome. But it helps to know how the cold & flu differ. To recap:
The common cold, in the simplest terms, is a viral infection that affects the upper respiratory tract (a fancy term for nose & throat). It’s hard to immediately cure, because well over a hundred viruses can cause a cold.
The flu, unlike the cold, is caused by a specific virus – the influenza virus. The flu is much more serious than the cold; millions of people catch the flu every season, resulting in thousands of deaths.
After the Illness: Optimize Recovery & Stay Healthy
Once you’ve recovered from the cold or flu, do the following handful of healthy activities for the best possible recovery. Plus, this plan of action will keep the cold or flu from returning quickly.
Wash your hands often. If you weren’t in the habit already, post-flu and post-cold recovery is the perfect time to start washing your hands – after meals, before handling food, whenever it makes sense. This will help eliminate bacteria and germs that can restart everything all over again.
Humidify the air. Whether you use a standard humidifier or a bowl of water near a radiator, the warm & moist air will help prevent follow-up infections like sinusitis.
Go with garlic. It’s not for everybody, but this glorious, pungent bulb is worth your consideration. Garlic’s natural antiviral and antibacterial attributes make it one of the best post-flu & post-cold foods, bar none.
Get active again, but don’t overdo it. Regular physical activity helps get the body back in gear, literally and figuratively. Avoid super-strenuous exercising immediately after the flu or cold; work your way back to your old routine in a week or two.
Avoid stress. Too much stress can wreak havoc on the immune system, which defends against the influenza and common cold viruses. So skip the 60-hour work weeks (or even call in sick if necessary), at least for a while. Keep stress low, and your chances of becoming ill again will also stay low.
Before and after the cold or flu, the Urgent Care Extra network of clinics and medical facilities can help you remain as healthy as possible. Remember, we offer seasonal flu shots at each of our walk-in clinics and office locations – just stop in; no appointments necessary. For flexible & affordable healthcare throughout Arizona and Nevada, Urgent Care Extra is the only immediate care center you need.
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