The flu is a common viral illness that can cause fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, and fatigue. While the flu can be uncomfortable and unpleasant, there are steps you can take to help speed up your recovery. Here are some tips on what to do to quickly get better when you get the flu:
- Rest: One of the most important things you can do when you have the flu is to get plenty of rest. Your body needs energy to fight off the virus, so try to get as much sleep as possible.
- Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of fluids can help prevent dehydration and loosen mucus. Water, herbal tea, and clear broths are good options. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can dehydrate you.
- Treat fever and pain: If you have a fever or body aches, over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help reduce your symptoms. Follow the dosage instructions on the package carefully.
- Use a humidifier: A humidifier can help keep the air moist and ease congestion. Be sure to clean your humidifier regularly to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold.
- Gargle with salt water: Gargling with salt water can help soothe a sore throat. Mix a half-teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and gargle several times a day.
- Use a nasal saline spray: Nasal saline sprays can help relieve nasal congestion and irritation. These sprays are available over-the-counter at most drugstores, or you can order them directly through Medic+.
- Stay home: If you have the flu, stay home from work or school to avoid spreading the virus to others. Most people with the flu are contagious for about a week after they start feeling sick.
It’s important to note that if you have severe symptoms or are at high risk of complications, such as young children, pregnant women, or people with certain health conditions, you should seek medical attention. Your doctor may prescribe antiviral medications that can help reduce the severity of your symptoms and shorten the duration of the flu.