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Things To Do When Having Flu
Having flu is a common predicament almost all if not all of us have experience once or a couple of times in our lives. It could cause work or school absences, project delays, failing to meet the deadline if you are down with flu. Flu is a viral respiratory disease cause by influenza virus of the Orthomyxoviridae family. It usually affects the upper and lower respiratory tracts and is usually accompanied by systemic manifestations like fever, body malaise, myalgia, and headache. Some noteworthy pandemics with flu have been noted worldwide dating to a hundred years back, recently the avian flu gave the whole world a scare. Since it is a viral disease, treatment is supportive and one’s immune system can do the rest. So what supportive treatment can be done when you’re down with flu? Below is a simple list to avoid and be out of this common predicament.
Drink a lot of water – since flu is a respiratory ailment which could produce increase in respiratory secretions, ample amount of water intake daily could make those secretions soft and not sticky for them to be expelled from the lungs quickly. Sticky respiratory secretions or phlegm can produce chest pain, some degree of difficulty of breathing, back pain, and can even lead to bacterial infection like your pneumonia. So making it easy to expectorate could lessen its possible complications, and it could be done as simple as drinking water.
Get some good rest – since flu is a viral disease and our immune system has a lot of involvement in dealing with it, boosting one’s immune system can shorten the course of the disease. Taking regular naps and adequate sleep in the evening is noted to improve one’s immune system by reducing stress in our body. Being stress can lower your body defenses and it could be reduced or even removed with a simple complete good night sleep. So then stress one’s self when your down with flu, take regular naps to enhance your immune system.
Eating a healthy diet – eating a healthy and well balanced diet can increase your immune system to combat flu. A mixed between your vegetable and meat plus some fruits can strengthen your immune system to combat viral diseases like flu. Although loss of appetite can be part of flu, you still need to eat a balance diet to maintain a competitive immune system.
Pharmacologic treatment – there are anti-virals that can help you shorten the course of flu. Before trying anything, seek consult with your physician to know which anti-viral is best for you. But for me, the 3 methods previously mentioned are still the way to beat flu.
Get vaccinated – flu has been known to cause global pandemics, an ounce of prevention is better than a gram of cure, so get yourself vaccinated to keep you protected the whole year round. Getting vaccines doesn’t guarantee you to be flu free, but at least it will decrease your chances of having the viral disease. And remember flu vaccines are only good for a year, so do it on a yearly basis, because viral strains usually change.
Having flu can really be a sore in the neck, but a few simple steps can win the battle for you.