Many individuals believe that certain nonprescription medications are the best way to get flu relief. Others feel homoeopathy or homeopathic remedies work better for flu relief. Even so, others feel only their doctor can help make the proper choice.
If you like many who catch influenza almost every year, tried over-the-counter medications, some homeopathy remedies, and have gone to your doctor when have gotten bad cases of the flu.
Below are some common, and not so common tips and remedies for flu relief. Some of the remedies are homeopathic; others are over-the-counter medications; while others are prescription medicine.
1) This first item is more of a suggestion to keep yourself from getting sick again rather than a remedy. Put your toothbrush in a cup with hydrogen peroxide, it keep you from re-infecting yourself (especially if you have a cold). Toothbrushes are a oasis for microbes and the hydrogen peroxide will kill the bacteria on your toothbrush.
2) Just like putting your toothbrush in a cup of hydrogen peroxide, you may want to put a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in your ears with a cotton ball or a Q-tip. It can also help kill flu (or cold) germs. Occasionally the hydrogen peroxide will burn a little. Drain the excess fluid out onto a Kleenex or paper towel. Hydrogen peroxide is said to be most effective when it’s used asap after getting sick.
3) According to studies done in Israel Elderberry extract can decrease the length of the flu. Consult your physician, pharmacist, or herbalist for advice on how much and how often to take it, and to make certain it will not interfere with any other medications or supplements you may be taking.
4) Agueweed added to boiled water, along with honey and lemon (to make it easier to drink) is another herb said to help subside the intensity and length of the flu. Once again, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or herbalist for the suggested dosage.
5) Oscillococcinum is a favorite natural remedy taken to help with the flu symptoms of body aches and pains, fever, and chills. Among the reasons it’s so popular is that it does not cause sleepiness.
6) Naturoksinum is a different natural flu remedy available. It boasted as being able to cut the harshness of flu symptoms by one-half. It is among the commonest flu remedies in France and is now available for many other countries as well.
7) Echinacea is another favorite natural home remedy for the flu. Once more, since it is an herbal product, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or herbalist to make a point that it’s harmless for you to take and that it doesn’t interfere with any other medications or supplements you are currently taking.
8) Tamiflu and Relenza are two prescription medications available for treating the flu. For either medication to work best it should be taken within two days of the onset of symptoms. Both Tamiflu and Relenza work by keeping the influenza virus from infecting cells in your body that are still healthy, and they both work well against influenza A and B.
9) Drink health juices such as mangosteen, noni, goji, aloe vera, or acai berry. In addition to help prevent you from getting the flu, they are also good at boosting your immune system.
10) Abra Therapeutic Baths Cold and Flu is a product you add to bath water. It is said to help relieve congestion, reduce body aches, and help relieve the chills associated with the flu. The makers of Sudafed offer a product called Sudacare Shower Soothers. They react with warm shower or bath water to create vapors of eucalyptus, menthol, and camphor to help with congestion.
11) Nasal sprays to help relieve influenza are available over the counter. One product is called Flu Relief. Nasal sprays are not as popular as most other remedies though because many people dislike using nasal sprays.
12) Fever, headaches, and aching muscles are common symptoms of the flu. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen, both available over the counter can help lessen the pain.
13) A relentless coughing may be present when an individual has the flu. There are many over the counter cough medicines, such as Robitussin (which has specific formulas of its products for helping with flu symptoms), to help quiet a cough associated with the flu.
14) Congestion is another symptom that a person may get with the flu. An oral decongestant can help loosen the congestion. Again there are many over the counter products available to fight flu symptoms such as congestion. Vick’s vapor rub can also help ease congestion.
15) A sore throat can be another bothersome symptom of the flu. Throat lozenges or sprays can help with the pain. I gargle with warm salt water every hour when my throat is sore. It’s a remedy my Mom used when I was little. It worked for me then and it still works for me now.
16) Rest is a very crucial part of fighting the flu. Your needs rest to help built up strength to fight the infection in your body. So knuckle under to that urge to snuggle up under the covers and rest. You are definitely to feel better quicker when you do.
17) Drink in plenty of fluids when you have the flu, but stay away from beverages with caffeine because caffeinated beverages act as mild diuretics. Water is the best choice however can be grueling for someone who feels sick to drink enough of. Additional smart choices are clear juices, Pedialyte and Gatorade (or any of the other sports drinks available) as well as flavored water.
Always remember that the influenza (depending on what strain you have contracted) can be a life-threatening illness if not treated properly. So don’t be afraid to contact your family doctor if your symptoms don’t get better in a few days or if they are very serious.
Additionally, when you have the flu (or are sick with anything else) is to only treat the symptoms you have. Look for products that treat the symptoms you have, but no more. You don’t want to over-medicate yourself. The tips and home remedies listed here are not meant to diagnose or treat illness and disease; nor is it stood for as dispensing of medical advice.