Despite health-conscious habits, cut-no-corners preparation and even preventive shots, sometimes the flu just has our number. Try as we might, the almighty influenza virus goes on the occasional power trip and appears well-nigh unconquerable.
It’s like the flu is holding a grudge against us poor humans. Geez, flu, what did we ever do to you?
Go on the Offensive
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu causes hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations annually, along with thousands of fatalities. Thankfully, modern medical treatment keeps the casualty toll limited in developed countries like the U.S.
But that doesn’t mean the flu can’t do some damage. Which is why shortening the flu’s duration is a smart plan. There are a few things that’ll help make the flu’s stay relatively short-lived. Here are five:
- Try an over-the-counter medication. No single “flu-busting” med exists, but the right medicine can limit the flu’s side-effects. Congestion, coughs, fatigue – try something that’ll get you back on the road to recovery.
- Act quickly. An antiviral drug (approved by your doctor) can reduce the total flu time. But fast action is critical; if taken within 24 to 48 hours of symptoms, they might work. If you wait 3 or more days, prepare for an extended illness.
- Eat light. The body is under enough stress trying to fight off the flu. If you put your digestive system into overdrive, that’ll only complicate matters – and also make it harder for your body to recover. Try some light broth, some toast, just something to stave off hunger pangs. Anything more, and the flu will stick around longer than you want.
- Sweat a little. Sweat is just one way the body eliminates toxins. Go to a sauna and sweat it out while sitting. Don’t strain yourself too much by exercising; besides a sauna, there are other ways to perspire without taxing the body to the limit.
The Benefits of Doing Nothing
So far, we haven’t taken this whole flu thing lying down. About that – we should lay down. Often. Rest is one of the best ways for your body to “regroup and recoup.” So call in sick, watch TV, catch up on some reruns, have your spouse or child or significant other wait on you – in the end, it’s worth it.
Banner Urgent Care advises you to stop in and see one of our doctors if your flu symptoms persist (fever over 101, chest pain, chills, shortness of breath, etc.). With dozens of immediate care clinics in Nevada and Arizona, we can help get you back on track. With flu season approaching, now is the perfect time to stop in and get your flu shot.
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