How To Properly Deal With The Flu

it manages to sneak up on us every year
before we know it flu season will be upon us again according to the National
Institutes of Health the influenza virus otherwise known as the flu affects up to
20% of people living in the United States every year with that in mind what
can you do to make sure you’re fully prepared this flu season first make sure
you’re all caught up on your annual vaccinations then come back and watch
this video on how to deal with influenza also be sure to subscribe to besties and
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content while the flu can make you sick we promise that you’ll never get sick of
us when making preparations for flu season one of the first things you
should do is make sure you know how to recognize the tell-tale warning signs of
the influenza virus the flu shares many of its most common symptoms with the
common cold and as a result it can be fairly easy to mistake one for the other
as a general rule of thumb however symptoms of the flu usually happen
quicker than they do for a cold and are usually much more severe as well
according to health line early symptoms and warning signs of the flu include any
of the following a runny nose coughing fatigue sudden fever a scratchy or sore
throat chills muscle or body aches if you or anyone you know starts
experiencing these symptoms around flu season it’s probably the first sign that
you should get yourself or them checked out another thing to consider is that
while a sudden fever is commonly one of the early symptoms of the flu
not everyone who contracts the flu will experience a fever so now you know how
to identify the most common calling cards of the influenza virus however
that still doesn’t give you much information on what to do once you start
experiencing these symptoms if you suspect that you’re starting to come
down with a case of the blue you should begin to carry out the
following steps in order to give yourself the fastest possible recovery
as well as to minimize the chance of accidentally spreading the virus to
others wash your hands frequently we cannot stress this one enough people
washing your hands is one of the most effective ways that you can minimize and
prevent the spread of the influenza virus Health Line recommends that the
most efficient way to wash your hands to prevent the spread of germs is to scrub
with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before rinsing don’t cough or
sneeze into your hands seriously you’d be surprised as to how many people
overlook this seemingly obvious piece of personal hygiene if you sneeze or cough
into your hand all that’s going to accomplish is guarantee that your flu
virus and other germs will be spread to whatever surface you touch with that
hand it’s gross and unhygenic instead it’s recommended that you direct your
coughs and sneezes into the crook of your arm by which we mean the inside
part of your elbow or into a disposable tissue if you do slip up and sneeze into
your hands make sure to wash them as soon as possible
it’s not rocket science stay hydrated drinking lots of fluids especially water
tea and drinks that are high in electrolytes will help push you towards
a speedier recovery drinks to avoid or anything that contains alcohol caffeine
or an overabundance of sugar eat healthy by making sure your body is getting all
the essential nutrients it requires you can make sure your immune system is
firing on all cylinders to help you get rid of the flu faster this can be a
difficult one in practice as having the flu tends to diminish your appetite but
small meals that incorporate lots of fruits and veggies will help you make a
faster recovery call insec remember how we said you should avoid spreading the
influenza virus to other people one of the most guaranteed ways to avoid
infecting others with the flu is to stay away from them if you have a contagious
illness your employer should be understanding when you say you can’t
make it in for work that day no sense um put
at risk of infection just for the sake of keeping a perfect attendance record
at the office stock up on the essentials a few useful things to have in your
anti-influenza toolkit include tissues decongestants over-the-top pain
relievers and cough suppressants as well as plenty of fluids and healthy foods
like we mentioned earlier if you’re not filling up for a trip to the pharmacy
though you might want to ask a friend or a loved one to make a pickup for you
instead which brings us to our final point stay home we get it you think
you’re tough as nails a couple of lozenges and suddenly you feel like
you’re ready to take on the world again well sorry to tell you this but things
don’t really work that way the best way to kick the influenza virus is to stay
home and get plenty of rest now that you have a comprehensive list of all the
things you should do when you have the flu what about the things that you
shouldn’t do some of these things might be a little bit on the obvious side but
when it comes to your health these things always bear repeating
if you’re coming down with the flu here are some things you should try not to do
don’t go to work or school again not only should you stay home and rest but
showing up to work or school will only make you more likely to spread your
contagious illness to others in fact you’ll most likely have already entered
the contagious phase of the virus a day or two before you even start to show
symptoms to minimize the risk of spreading your germs just stay home
avoid physical contact try to avoid handshakes or hugs until you’re sure
you’ve made a full recovery physical contact will only give the
virus even more ways to spread to potential new victims
so please reduce the risk to both yourself and others and keep your hands
off this one should also be fairly obvious but avoid sharing food or drinks
with other people during the flu season as well or just like in general Joey
doesn’t share food avoid certain foods processed foods and foods that are high
in sugar don’t offer up all that much nutritional value and won’t be able to
contribute much to your immune system it’s
best to stick to healthier foods instead don’t skip meals like we said before
being sick will probably take away most of your appetite but your body still
requires nutrition in order to fight off the virus you can eat smaller meals than
normal but don’t skip out altogether avoid crowds if we sound like a broken
record it’s only because we can’t stress this enough being in crowded places will
only make your virus that much easier to spread to others if you don’t already
have the flu avoid crowds in the flu season to make sure nobody there spreads
it to you either be cautious with unproven herbal remedies according to
Health Line herbal remedies and supplements are not scrutinized by the
FDA for things such as quality packaging and safety if you want to try one of
these remedies and make sure you’re getting it from a reputable source or
ask a medical professional for a recommendation don’t smoke since the flu
affects your respiratory system smoking will only serve to irritate your lungs
and make your symptoms worse I mean there are plenty of other reasons why
you shouldn’t smoke but you probably already know most of them right don’t
push yourself seriously just stay home and get some rest
influenza is a progressive virus which means that the symptoms you experience
will most likely get worse before they get better
the more you try to fight your symptoms the worse they’ll get so take it easy
for a couple of days the only exception to staying at home and resting should be
if you are either considered high-risk for influenza related complications or
if you are experiencing symptoms that are more severe than the ones previously
mentioned people at a higher risk for flu related complications include people
over the age of 65 children under the age of 2 people with chronic medical
conditions such as asthma diabetes or heart disease people with compromised
immune systems pregnant women or women up to two weeks postpartum and residents
of nursing homes for severe symptoms and warning signs of an emergency be on the
lookout for difficulty breathing shortness of breath chest pain confusion
assistant vomiting or sudden dizziness for infants and children severe flu
symptoms may include bluish skin irritability a fever that accompanies a
rash trouble breathing and inability to eat or drink or crying without tears
additionally if your flu symptoms don’t get better after two weeks or if you
start to recover and then suddenly feel worse this means that a complication may
have occurred in this case you should go see a doctor right away
hopefully this list will leave you feeling a little more prepared for the
next time flu season rolls around did you find this information useful do you
have any other tips or suggestions that you think are worth sharing if so feel
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