Colorado Springs residents have already been hit hard by the flu virus in 2018. Nationwide, there have been a whopping 2,485 flu-related hospitalizations. Common symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, congestion, body aches, and fatigue. If you’ve recently had the flu, you know how miserable it can be. For those just now experiencing symptoms, it’s important to be proactive in how you recover. Here are some tips from CNN that are certainly worth trying:
Stay home and rest - Unlike the common cold, the flu usually comes out of nowhere. One minute you could be going about your normal routine while you’re forced to crawl back to bed the next. Listen to your body, though. Stay home, stay warm, and rest. Avoid going to work or school and risk getting others sick. Experts recommend avoiding contact with others for at least 24 hours after your fever breaks.
Drink plenty of fluids - Remember when mom would constantly remind you to drink fluids when you were sick? Well she’s right. Drinking lots of water and other clear liquids helps prevent dehydration. Do you not have the energy to use a cup? Then feel free to use a squeeze bottle or straw instead.
Avoid close contact with others - Most people aren’t aware that you can infect others from one day before you get sick to about a week after developing symptoms. If you live in a shared household, do what you can to stay in your bedroom/bathroom to decrease the case of infecting others. Those with the flu should also use their own drinking glass, washcloth, and towel. Lastly, disinfect everything you touch.
Treat fever with over-the-counter medicines - Fever is often the worst part of having the flu. Don’t be surprised if your body temperature rises anywhere from 101 to 104 degrees. For the most part, a flu fever lasts between three to five days. One way to treat your fever is with OTC medications such as Tylenol, Advil, or Motrin.
Call your doctor - There are times when rest and OTC medications just aren’t enough to kick the flu for good. If you’ve had a fever and other symptoms for several days, it’s probably time to call your physician. They can prescribe an effective antiviral drug to help you recover. Keep in mind that antivirals are known to work best when given within about 48 hours or so.
Hydration Treatment for Flu Symptoms
Have you ever considered hydration treatment for your flu symptoms? At Elevation Hydration, we carry several packages to suit your needs. Take the Immune Tune IV hydration therapy option, for example. It includes vitamins C and D3, zinc, and glutathione, all infused into one liter of hydration.
The team at our hydration clinic strives to get you back to feeling your best. There’s no need to worry about long wait times or co-pays. Simply contact us today to schedule your appointment.
Don’t let flu or cold symptoms keep you down any longer. Get in touch now with Elevation Hydration.