The sun is shining… Birds are singing… And you are in bed with fever and running nose… Not good? Well, it happened , but how avoid it? Follow these simple advise.
- Take acetaminophen (which is found in Tylenol) as directed to lower your fever temporarily until the illness makes its way through your system.
- Drink plenty of liquids. A fever can cause perspiration, and if you don’t replenish those fluids, you could become dehydrated.
- Try to work through it. Going to the gym or out for drinks with friends can further stress your body and hamper recovery.
- Cool your skin with ice packs when you overheat; ice can actually burn your skin. Use a cold washcloth instead.
- Use a saline spray or rinse to clear out mucus and bacteria and help reduce pressure.
- Ease head discomfort by taking ibuprofen, an anti-inflammatory. Note: It’s OK to take a decongestant and ibuprofen (found in Advil)―the two active ingredients are often sold
in one pill. However, experts suggest taking them separately to better control the dosages.
- Rely on antibiotics or steroid nasal sprays. A study revealed that people who took a placebo recovered just as quickly as those who used a steroid spray.
- Stir a teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water, then gargle with the solution to reduce swelling. Repeat every few hours.
- Sip herbal tea. Suck on cough drops, lozenges, Popsicles, or even a spoonful
of honey. These won’t necessarily quicken healing, but they can soothe your throat, and honey has an antiviral effect. Or use antiseptic spray that contains phenol (such as Chloraseptic) to numb the area.
- Hit your doctor up for antibiotics. Most sore throats are caused by viruses; antibiotics are effective only against bacterial infections, such as strep throat.