Okay, folks, it’s here. The flu is spreading across the country tsunami-style, wreaking havoc in the form of body aches, fever, sore throats, respiratory problems and generalized misery. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the annual flu map shows Texas as a state where the flu is already “widespread.”

Hopefully, you’ve gotten a flu vaccine. And maybe you’re washing your hands every time you return home from public places. But if the flu slipped in with the groceries or a neighbor, there are a few things you can do to feel better.

  1. Go antiviral. Prescription drugs like Tamiflu and Relenza can help ease some of the symptoms and maybe, shorten the flu’s visit by a few days. They can also be beneficial in helping prevent complications like pneumonia. To realize any benefits, however, they need to be taken within the first few days of the onset of the flu.
  2. Drink up. Fever, vomiting and diarrhea are hallmarks of the flu, and these symptoms can leave you dehydrated quickly. Water, juice and electrolyte beverages can help rehydrate you, which also works to make you feel better. There are a few fluids to avoid. Caffeinated drinks like coffee and cola are natural diuretics, which you do not want. And I’d add alcohol to the list as well.
  3. Soup yourself. It’s not just a cliché – chicken soup may be good for the soul, but it’s really good for the flu. Studies have proven its effectiveness. For those with upper respiratory symptoms, heat up a bowl, breathe over it and soak up the steam. Then down the hatch. It’s healing – and also comforting. Sambucol is an over the counter natural medicine that helps the immune system against this type of illness.
  4. R and R is the rule. The single best thing you can do for your body is rest. If you’re sleepy, let yourself go. If you’re not sleepy, continue to rest. This allows your body to fight. And remember, flu is war – resting is your best weapon.
  5. Visit Impact Urgent Care if you are concerned. We can offer additional help with our compassionate and fully trained staff at two locations that are open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. seven days a week. If you need us, we are here.

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