Flu (Influenza)

What Is Flu?

Flu or influenza is a respiratory illness caused due to a viral infection. It is highly contagious and most commonly spreads by coughing and sneezing by an infected person.

What Triggers Flu?

  • Viral infection
  • Highly infectious in nature, it spreads by touching or coming in contact of an infected person
  • Weakened immune system increases susceptibility to the infection

How Would You Know If You Have Flu?

  • You may have a running nose
  • Continuous sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Fever above 100.4 F
  • Headache
  • Chills and sweats
  • Nasal congestion
  • Aching muscles

What Should You Do Incase Flu Worsens?

  • In case, your cold and cough persists, you must visit a doctor
  • If the patient is weak and the flu gets worse, you may develop complication such as pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma flare-ups and heart problems
  • The doctor shall recommend you anti-viral medicines post examining you medically

What Are The Available Treatment Options?

  • At first the doctor may only suggest bed rest and a healthy diet to treat flu.
  • However, if the symptoms you shall be recommended anti-viral and pain killers to alleviate the pain caused due to headache and body ache.
  • Stay hydrated
  • Do not smoke
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Do not smoke

Are There Any Natural Remedies For Flu?

You can try these effective natural remedies to ease your symptoms and to speed up your recovery:

1. Ginger

Ingredients: Ginger Tea

Ways to Use:

To a glass of warn water, add sliced ginger with a teaspoon of honey. Drink it twice or thrice a day.

To can also sliced ginger or powdered ginger to your tea

2. Soup

Ingredients: Vegetables Chicken

Ways to Use:

Prepare a healthy vegetable or chicken soup and enjoy it hot. It shall help to clear off the infectious agents from the body

3. Steam

Ingredients: Steam Essential Oil

Ways to Use:

Inhaling steam helps to relieve nasal congestion. You may add an essential oil to it make it more effective. 

4. Honey

Ingredients: Honey

Ways to Use:

Add honey to your warm drinks such as green tea or ginger tea. You may also have a teaspoon of honey with a dash of black pepper to relieve the symptoms at the earliest.

So, go ahead and try these natural ways to fight the flu symptoms effectively this season!

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