Some people tend to suffer from cold and flu illnesses quite frequently, while others seem almost impervious. Still, cold and flu can strike without warning and can be very debilitating. There are many different ways to treat this illness, and many times the treatment depends on its severity.
It is normal for people to get confused between a cold and the flu. Symptoms are similar, but the flu is much more dangerous and can last longer. Typical symptoms of both can include: fatigue, chills, fever, nausea, muscle pains, sore throat, coughing, difficulty breathing, runny and/or blocked nose, vomiting, headache, sore eyes and sweating.
It is wise to get a yearly flu vaccination, but this will not protect you from every strain, which is why seeing a doctor and following the tips in this article will help you. You have to build up your strength and immune system in every way possible.
Here are some tips that will help you properly handle the early symptoms; it is always better to start treatment as early as possible, before things get more complicated.
Inhaling essential oils such as eucalyptus can clear the airways and enable you to breathe properly. Having a blocked nose and finding it hard to breathe is common. Burning essential oils such as eucalyptus can also help clear your head.
Regardless of how many herbal remedies you use, it may not be enough. Do not be scared of going to the doctor because you think it’s “just a simple cold.” Untreated colds and flu can often lead to bronchitis and other severe problems if left untreated. Your doctor will be able to determine the severity of your ailment.
Try and get plenty of fresh air. If you work in an air conditioned office, it is common to catch a cold, as the germs spread through the air vents. This explains why you can see numerous office workers all with the same symptoms, either at the same time, or one after the other.
Don’t eat food of little nutritional value (known as “junk food”) because it can actually make you feel worse. You need foods that are full of antioxidants to help you shake it off. Plenty of vitamin C will also help by boosting your immune system.
You also need plenty of the right kind of fluids. Avoid soft drinks and bottled juices. Freshly squeezed juice is great. Herbal teas with honey, mint or ginger also help. Drink plenty of water, either cold or warm.
Do not underestimate the healing power of soups. A nice chicken soup with a few healthy vegetables will really make you feel better. While you may not feel like eating due to nausea or lack of energy, soup will sustain you because it is easy to consume and reheat if necessary.
The bottom line is that you need to seriously treat a cold or flu. While it may pass quickly, there’s also the chance it may linger for long enough to really make you feel sick. Pay attention to your doctor’s advice and get as much rest as you can.