If you’re searching the web for flu treatment, you probably aren’t feeling too well right about now. Here’s the bad news: there’s no cure for it and it usually lasts for one to two weeks. And just because you have the flu doesn’t mean you won’t get it again, since there are many different strains of the flu virus. The good news? Just because there is no cure does not mean there is no way to feel better when you have the flu. There are several over-the-counter medicines available to you to help you combat the symptoms you feel while you are sick with the flu. And some medicines treat multiple symptoms in a single product.
Here’s 10 ways to treat flu symptoms at home so you can get relief while your body fights the virus.
When you first come down with the flu, rest is what will help give your body the energy it needs to fight the flu virus and flu symptoms, which is why rest is one of the go-to recommendations for people suffering from the flu.1
Stay at home and rest, especially during the first 24 hours after becoming ill.
Consuming enough fluids is another regularly recommended practice for people who have the flu.1 Fever, a common flu symptom, is associated with dehydration, so it is important to get adequate amounts of water or other fluids to ensure that you stay hydrated while you have the flu.2
Avoid contact with others.
You won’t feel better if you recover from the flu virus only to learn that your loved ones caught it from you. If you think you have the flu, it’s best to stay home and avoid close contact with those that are healthy. Flu viruses commonly spread through airborne droplets created when an infected person sneezes or coughs. Take some “me time” while you have to not only care for yourself, but also to care for those around you.
Ask your doctor about anti-viral medicines.
Tamiflu is a prescription medication that is perhaps the most well-known antiviral drug that is used to combat the flu. But it must be taken within a day or two of the symptoms beginning.4 Otherwise, it will not affect the course of your illness or symptoms if your symptoms have lasted more than 2 days.
Consult your doctor.
Your healthcare provider is the best person to advise you. As discussed above, they may put you on antiviral drugs within the 48 hours of your symptoms, which can lessen the severity and duration of flu symptoms.1
If you become very sick with the flu or are at a high risk of developing complications from the flu, call your healthcare provider.
Lower your body temperature.
A fever is a temporary rise in the body’s temperature, and a hallmark symptom of the flu. It may make you feel hot and sweaty, and you might find yourself shivering to generate more body heat to fight the virus. Rest and fluids can help with your fever symptoms, but you can also take a fever reducer like acetaminophen to temporarily relieve your fever symptoms. Acetaminophen also helps to reduce pain, which will come in helpful since headache and muscle aches also often accompany fevers from the flu.3 Acetaminophen is found in over-the-counter cold and flu symptom relief medicines like DayQuil, NyQuil, FluTherapy, and more.
The key to picking an over-the-counter medicine for flu symptoms is to identify what symptoms you’re experiencing from the flu. Then, you can pick a medicine that gives you much-needed relief. For the last four tips, we’ll tell you a bit more about the Vicks products that can help relieve your flu symptoms.
Take Dayquil for non-drowsy relief during the day.
DayQuil relieves many of the uncomfortable flu symptoms that keep you distracted from doing anything besides laying on the couch all day while you have the flu. DayQuil SEVERE has acetaminophen to reduce fever and relieve sore throat, plus minor aches and pains. It also has ingredients that relieve cough, chest congestion, and nasal/sinus congestion, and sinus pressure.
Take NyQuil before you go to bed.
NyQuil will also give you relief from flu symptoms, plus it’ll relieve your cough temporarily so you can get the sleep you need to let your body recover from the flu virus. Like DayQuil SEVERE, NyQuil SEVERE reduces fever and relieves minor aches and pains, plus it relieves sneezing, runny nose, cough, and nasal/sinus congestion, and sinus pressure.
Opt for Flu Therapy if you prefer medicated hot drinks.
Some prefer flu symptom relief in a comforting, hot medicated drink. FluTherapy SEVERE Nighttime relieves nasal congestion, sore throat, body aches, fever, runny nose, and cough from the flu. FluTherapy SEVERE Daytime (in other words, it won’t make you drowsy), relieves nasal congestion, sore throat, body aches, fever, and cough from the flu. Dissolve the contents of a FluTherapy packet into 8 oz. of water and stir briskly. Sip it while hot within 10-15 minutes.
Keep cold, flu, and comfort relief close.
When you come down with the flu virus, the last thing you want to do is head to the store and browse through the cold and flu aisle. Keep the cold and flu symptom relief products you need at home, so you can get relief when you need it, fast. It has ingredients that will comfort you when you have cold or flu. It comes with cold & flu essentials to help you feel better when you’re under the weather, like DayQuil and NyQuil SEVERE Liquicaps™, and more.
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- Shaheen NA, Alqahtani AA, Assiri H, Alkhodair R, Hussein MA. Public knowledge of dehydration and fluid intake practices: variation by participants’ characteristics. BMC Public Health. 2018;18:1346.
- Warwick C. Paracetamol and fever management. J R Soc Promot Health. 2008;128:320–3.
- Flu: Overview [Internet]. nih.gov. 2013 [cited 2020 Jun 9]. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279459/
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