The first thing that you need to figure out is if you have a flu, cold, or allergy. The symptoms are pretty similar as you can see from the list.
**Disclaimer: These are things that worked for us. I am not a medical doctor. If you have severe symptoms, it is best to see a doctor.
Two things that are a must:
Rest and liquids
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Drink room temperature water. Cold water will hurt your throat. Extremely hot water will dry out your throat.
If you are having trouble sleeping, Nyquil or similar products will knock you out. I do not recommend using Nyquil unless you are having a really hard time sleeping as it will dry you out. I personally only used Nquil the first 2 days.
I do not use dayquil as it drys me out and actually makes my fever worse. The Dayquil worked for Bennie. If you are using DayQuil, Make sure it has Guaifenesin, which helps loosen mucus.
If you are coughing a lot and nothing is coming out, you need a decongestant. Decongestants have Guaifenesin, which helps loosen mucus. It makes your coughs more productive.
Will help open up the nasal passage to help you breathe easier.
Oils can be expensive, but it is well worth it. You can take a few drops and rub it into your hands or create a steam. I put a few drops in a shallow pan with water and placed it into the oven. It created a steam and filled the whole house with the smell. It opened up my nasal passage.
I recommend having cough drops on hand to help soothe your throat. I like the honey flavored ones from Ricola.
Your nose will get raw. I put on vaseline every time I blew my nose.
How we got better?
It is extremely important to keep the body temperature low. We only used a thin bed sheet to cover our body. My feet became cold on occasion, so I put on socks.
I did a routine of drinking a cup of water before bed, going to the bathroom, drinking another cup of water, going to the bathroom. Every time I got up I made sure I drank a cup of water. I also sucked on a cough drop if my throat was hurting.
The first two nights I did take Nyquil in order to sleep. The 2nd night I woke up in the middle of the night. The Nquil was not working for me at that point, so I just did my routine of water and bathroom.
In the daytime, I drank a lot of water. I had a thin sheet to cover my body as I sat on the couch. I pat some water on my forehead. I also took a decongestant.
I read somewhere that the body hides iron and zinc. Bennie found out the hard way this was true. He took a pill that had zinc in it and it made him even more sick. I recommend staying away from supplements, it works for a cold, but not so much for a fever.
I noticed that whenever we ate anything salty or heavy, we became more sick. I ended up eating mashed potato for a few days. We also had eggs, toast, and a lot of beef broth. Soups really are the ideal food to eat while you're sick as it is easy for the body to digest it. I ate raw garlic a few times to help open up my nasal passage. I love garlic, so this worked for me.
I know there is a lot of debate about starving a fever and feeding a cold. I think the best thing to do is listen to your body. There was one day that Bennie and I both didn't want to eat anything. It ended up being the right choice as we ended up having to go #2 later on. Listen to what your body is telling you.
Blow your nose and spit mucus out. We had a trash can close by to spit into and put our trash.
In the day, I had the whole house smelling like Eucalyptus. I placed a few drop of the Eucalyptus oil into a pan of water and putting it into the oven. I also added cinnamon, which helps with a cough.
We took a shower everyday. We made sure the temperature was warm, closer to cold. This helped drop our fever and clear out the mucus from our lungs.
We stayed away from people while we were sick. With the flu, you are contagious as long as you have a cough and fever.
Bennie was able to get the mucus out of his lungs and avoid get pneumonia. We were sick for a total of 7 days.
It is important to remember that over the counter medicines do not cure the flu, nor do they reduce the amount of days you have it. All it does is mask the symptoms. Many times when I took over the counter medicine, I ended up being sick longer. The best remedy is truly rest and liquids.
Again I am not a doctor, but these were some things that helped me battle the Flu.