Treating Flu SymptomsSuffering from the flu is not fun – here are ways to relieve some of the symptoms.
Nasal CongestionIf your nose feels stuffed, one solution is to irrigate your nasal passages using a saline solution. This will ease your breathing by shrinking swollen mucous membranes, leaving more room for air to get through.
Your pharmacist can also make recommendations for medication, such as antihistamines, pseudoephedrine and other decongestants for optimal relief. If you have medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, be sure to check with your pharmacist for products that will not affect your condition.
Sore ThroatA sore throat can be soothed by regular gargling sessions. Use a solution of 1 teaspoon of salt dissolved in 1 cup (240 ml) of water. Humidifiers, cough lozenges and cough drops may also offer you temporary relief.
FeverYou can treat fever by taking non-prescription medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Other ways to manage fever include removing excess clothing and bedding, increasing fluid intake, maintaining an outside temperature of 20–21°C, and avoiding physical exertion.
Aches and Muscle Pain
Body aches and pain are more difficult to treat without medication. Getting plenty of rest will help shorten the duration of these symptoms. However, if you want to relieve your pain, you can take non-prescription medications such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen, while validating with your pharmacist if these products are right for you.
The treatments recommended above may help alleviate the symptoms, but they won’t make you any less contagious. It’s always best to stay home to avoid infecting your friends and co-workers.
That being said, contact your pharmacist for recommendations for your symptoms.
Note : Generally, the flu is treated at home. However, in some cases involving persons at higher risk of complications, it is recommended to consult a doctor.
The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide complete information on the subject matter or to replace the advice of a health professional. This information does not constitute medical consultation, diagnosis or opinion and should not be interpreted as such. Please consult your health care provider if you have any questions about your health, medications or treatment.