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At Home Flu Remedies

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At Home Flu Remedies

From body aches to chills to fever and cough, flu symptoms can leave you feeling miserable.

There are some steps you can take to feel better:

  • Drink plenty of fluids like water, fruit juices and soda.
  • Get as much rest as possible.
  • Use a humidifier as breathing moist air can help ease nasal congestion and ameliorate sore throat pain.
  • A nasal wash and other over-the-counter flu treatments can be helpful for removing mucus from the nose.

Flu Prevention

You can take steps to avoid catching or spreading the flu.

  • Stay in your apartment, dorm room, or home for at least 24 hours after any fever is gone. Wear a mask if you leave your room.
  • Avoid sharing food, utensils, cups or bottles. Cover your cough with a tissue and throw away after use. Carry hand sanitizer with you. Use it often during the day and always after touching your face.
  • Cough into your sleeve if a tissue is not available. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Children older than 6 months, adolescents and adults should get a flu shot every year.
  • Get a flu vaccine annually. Each year, the viruses included in the vaccine may change so you need to get protected every year.

Home Flu Treatments

You can treat flu symptoms with some of these flu remedies:

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) help lower fever. Sometimes doctors suggest you use both types of medicine. Do NOT use aspirin.
  • A fever does not need to come all the way down to normal. Most people will feel better when their temperature drops by even 1 degree.
  • Over-the-counter cold medicines may make some of your symptoms better. Cough drops will help with your sore throat.
  • You also need a lot of rest. Drink plenty of liquids. Avoid alcohol and tobacco.

Emergency Flu Symptoms

The following groups are at high risk for developing flu-related complications, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports:

  • Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
  • Adults 65 years of age and older
  • Pregnant women

The Emergency Warning Signs to Watch for in Children:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash

The Emergency Warning Signs in Adults:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough



 


Walgreens: Vaccines subject to availability and immunizing professionals on duty. State, age and health-condition related restrictions apply. Other vaccines may be available. See the pharmacy for details.

Take Care: Vaccines subject to availability and immunizing professionals on duty. State, age and health-condition related restrictions apply. Other vaccines may be available. See clinic for details. Patient care services provided by Take Care Health Services?, an independently-owned professional corporation.

Medicare Part B: Medicare Part B generally covers one flu vaccine per beneficiary per flu season.