Most people contract at least two or three colds each year. In addition to colds, the flu plagues as many as 20% of Americans annually. If you’re one of the unlucky people that gets either the cold or flu, you will be miserable for at least a couple of weeks. But the below survival guide can help you get through those awful weeks and to the other side of the cold or flu.
Advil, Motrin, Tylenol and Aleve are all a great way to alleviate fever and pain if you’re suffering from the flu. Most people are worried about taking too many pills and end up under-dosing themselves. For adults who are healthy enough, Tylenol and ibuprofen should be alternated throughout the day and dosed according to the label directions. (Ibuprofen and naproxen work the same way and should not be alternated.)
For a cold, stuffy noses can cause discomfort every day. Saline nasal sprays and oxymetazoline are a great solution for a stuffy nose, helping to clear out the nose. What’s better, nasal saline sprays can be used up to twice an hour, so you’ll be back to breathing better in no time. Doctors recommend using nasal sprays no longer than three days.
Fluids To Rehydrate
One of the most important things to remember when you’re sick is to hydrate. If possible, try to drink enough fluids so that your urine is either clear or light yellow. Milk and orange juice should be avoided when possible, as they tend to cause nausea.
If all else fails, make yourself some chicken soup. Studies show that chicken soup actually reduces the migration of a certain white blood cell that’s believed to produce symptoms of the flu.
If you’re suffering from cold or flu symptoms, consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend.
Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.