A few days ago I woke up with a sore throat. I have a tendency to catch strep throat and/or bronchitis relatively often, so I assumed if I started to feel any worse the diagnoses would be one or the other.
A few days later I went to the walk-in as I progressively began to feel shittier and shittier, and I was surprised to learn I have the flu. I haven’t had the flu in a few years, and I have absolutely no clue where I may have picked it up. One thing is for sure, though; the flu sucks, and it’s not a good time.
There isn’t much you can do to treat the flu except to allow it to work its course. Advil helps with the aches and pains and fever, but unfortunately, there isn’t a solid solution for overcoming the flu. There are, however, some things you can do to help you get back to your healthy self quicker, and I thought I would share what I’m doing to beat the plague as quickly as possible.
- Take a hot bath with Epsom salts. The steam from the hot water works to help alleviate some congestion and possibly diminish the sensation of a brick residing in your skull, and the Epsom salts can help soothe your aching muscles. Dr. Teal’s eucalyptus Epsom salts are my personal favourite.
- Sleep. Pretty basic, I know, but resting is one of the best things you can do to overcome any bug. Allow your body to recuperate and take advantage of making time for naps.
- Drink a lot of fluids. Water is your best bet, but I’ve been drinking some chamomile tea as well as some orange juice in an attempt to beat this flu.
These are not physician-recommended strategies, so be sure to see your doctor if you suspect you may have the flu. In the meantime, allow your body to heal, and try your best to be patient.
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