Flu Treatment

What is the best flu treatment? How can you efficiently prevent the seasonal flu? Some treatments can efficiently relieve fever, aches, cough and other common flu symptoms. Some treatments can even shorten the duration of the symptoms. However, most treatments are not safe for children under the age of 4.


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Which treatment is best for my flu symptoms?

The treatment you need really depends on the type of symptoms you are experiencing. For instance, a decongestant is your best option if you are suffering from nasal or sinus congestion. Most decongestants come in spray form. This treatment will reduce the swelling in the nasal passageways. You should however be careful not to use a decongestant for more than a few days because they can eventually worsen your symptoms. If you are experiencing a runny nose, itchy or watery eyes or postnasal drip, taking a antihistamine is a good option. This treatment can block the negative effects of histamine and will greatly reduce the sneezing, itching and the nasal discharge.

Some antihistamines available over the counter can make you feel drowsy. On the other hand, some decongestants act as stimulant and will keep you awake. These treatments might not be compatible with other drugs you are already taking and could make your condition even worse. Always talk to a doctor or a pharmacist to determine which treatment is best for your situation.

How can I get rid of nasal congestion?

cold remediesUsing a decongestant nasal spray is a good option if you are dealing with congested and swollen nasal passages. Stop using decongestant nasal sprays after four or five days or you might develop a rebound congestion.

Some doctors recommend a saline spray rather than a medicated spray. These sprays will thicken the mucus in the nasal passageways but will not have any rebound effects. You can use a saline spray for long periods of time without suffering from any side effects.

What is the best way to get rid of your cough?

Coughing helps clear your lungs from phlegm and pollutants. You need to have a doctor diagnose you if you are suffering from persistent cough. You can go to a pharmacy and find many cough medicines that contain decongestants, anthihistamines, analgestics and antipyretics, cough suppressants as well as expectorants. Talk to your pharmacist to figure out which treatment would be best for the cough you are experiencing.

How can I lower my fever and body aches?

Children need to take aspirin. Medicines such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin or Aleve are usually efficient against fever and pain relief. Each medication has side effects. Talk to your doctor or your pharmacist to see which treatment they recommend.

Do not exceed recommended doses! Some treatments are usually mixed with other flue remedies your doctor might have recommended. If you are already taking prescription drugs for another reason, the ingredients from flu remedies might not be compatible with the medication you are already taking. Your pharmacist will help you determine which medications can interact with each other.

What to do for my sore throat?

You can get rid of a painful sore throat by drinking a lot of water. Use some salt water to gargle. You can easily create your own gargle by mixing some warm water and a spoonful of salt. You can also use some over the counter medications such as throat lozenges. Ask your doctor if over the counter remedies are a good option for you and do not use gargles or lozenges for more than a couple of days.

(Read more: 10 Natural Cold & Flu Remedies)

Do antiviral drugs work?

An antiviral drug can decrease the duration of the flu symptoms and make them less severe. These drugs can sometimes even prevent the flu. You should take this treatment in the 48 hours following the appearance of the flu symptoms. You can sometimes benefit from antiviral treatments if taken after the initial 48 hours. Make sure you talk to your doctor about antiviral because these treatments have side effects.

Can children take antiviral drugs?

You should go see your doctor as soon as you or your children start experiencing flu symptos. Your doctor will determine whether or not an antiviral drug will help you get better sooner and maybe prevent complications.

Keep in mind that antiviral drugs work best if taken within the first two days after the symptoms appear. In a few cases, these drugs can still have a positive effect if taken after this period of time.

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