Ahhhhh, who doesn’t love the cold weather this time of the year? The smell of Christmas in the air calls for a cup of chocolate and a slice of bibingka. The perfect temperature makes us want to dive in a sea of smooth, warm blankets. But that’s not always the case.
The cold weather may also bring with it the flu. This contagious virus thrives in colder, drier air making it spread more easily during this time of the year. Symptoms of the flu include body pain, headaches, sore throat, chest discomfort, fever, fatigue, and chills that will make you want to snuggle in bed – but for a completely different, more uncomfortable reason.
Since the flu is caused by a virus, antibiotics are not going to help. It also usually lasts for a couple of days. You can follow the following home remedies and tips to help your immune system fight it off and ease the body pain (flu pain) that accompanies it.
How to fight flu pain
- Stay home and have a plenty of rest and sleep. Chances are you would still want to go to work at the onset of your flu. If there isn’t a life and death situation at work, opt to stay at home and rest. Furthermore, the flu is contagious.
- Drink lots of fluids. Water or juice, it doesn’t matter. The important thing is you load yourself with plenty of fluids to keep your body hydrated. This will also cleanse the thick mucus in your throat.
- Sipping hot soup can help with the chills and throat discomfort.
- Tend to your fever and body aches by popping OTC medication for fast relief.
- Use a warm compress. If your head hurts and it’s hard to breathe through your nose, you can apply a warm towel or compress to your cheeks and sinuses.
- Take a warm shower. A warm, steamy shower can moisturize your nasal passages making it easier for you to breathe.
If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.
ASC Ref Code: U015P121117A