Home Remedies for the Cold and Flu

  • 1 October, 2019

This flu season has had early indications to suggest that it may be more severe than the previous season. To help prevent the Flu you may want to take a few precautions.

Medical experts offer these three tips in addition to getting the flu vaccine to avoid germs at this time of the year.

1.) Avoid touching your nose and eyes, to reduce the chance of transferring any virus you might have on your hands.
2.) Wash your hands often using soap by rubbing hands together for at least 20 seconds. When soap and water are not availble, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
3.) Because dry air helps the flu virus live longer, consider using a humidifier to keep humidity at 30 to 50 percent.

When you are experiencing your immune system declining, especially body aches, fever, chills, and nasal congestion, try these tips to help you feel better.
• Chicken Soup-It slows the mvmt of Neutrophils (WBC) to concentrated area of infection. Helps with URI (upper respiratory infection).
• Ginger Root- Helps ward off nausea.
• Honey-Antibacterial/Antimicrobial benefits, soothes sore throat.
• Garlic-Antimicrobial properties and decreases the severity.
• Echinacea-Boost your immune system and decreases in ammation.
• Vitamin C- Decreases phlegm, can relieve URI.
• Probiotics- Friendly bacteria for your gut and immune system. Helps with URI. Look for live bacteria on label.
• Salt Water- Gargling can help decrease severity of cold, loosen mucus, nasal congestion and sore throat. 1 tsp with 8oz water, gargle several times per day.
• Vapor Rub-reduces cold symptoms, reduces cough, and improves sleep. An older remedy is to rub on bottom of feet and cover.
• Humidity-keeps environment moist, decreases dry environment (spreads easier) decreases nasal in ammation, easier to breath in cooler air. Add Eucalyptus oil (small amount) to stimulate breathing.
• Warm Baths – soothing and decrease symptoms in adults. Add Epsom salt and baking soda to water can decrease aches.
Make a Doctor’s appointment- if not better by 2 weeks or if you have trouble breathing, rapid heartbeat, feel faint, or experience severe symptoms, get medical attention sooner.

Be proactive and boost your immune system to avoid getting sick!!!

And don’t forget if you can’t get out, Mountain Home Health Services can come in.

Presented by Stacey Waldroup, RN
Mountain Home Health Services • 828.389.8106

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