Tips on how to beat the flu this winter

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Winter shouldn’t be the unhealthiest time of the year for you and your family, according to Netcare 911.

Here are their tips on how to beat this flu season.

– If you have the flu, then stay home and get plenty of rest. Avoid spreading the contagious virus.

– Drink plenty of fluids. Fluids keep your respiratory system hydrated and liquefy thick mucus, which can build up to cause infection in the bronchial tubes.

– Treat aches and fever. Fever is a flu symptom and occurs when your body temperature rises to fight off infection.

– Use cough suppressants and expectorants to beat a cough. Over-the-counter cough remedies are available to suppress coughs. There are also over-the-counter expectorants that liquefy thick mucus so it can be coughed up.

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– Use steam inhalation. You can fill the bathroom sink with steaming water. Add one teaspoon of the over-the-counter ointment Vicks VapoRub to the steaming water, and then breathe in the steam for several minutes until you get relief.

– Another alternative is to add a few drops of eucalyptus oil or menthol to the water.

– Sit in a steamy bathroom. If you are still congested, sit in a bathroom with the door closed and allow the shower to run hot until the room fills with moist steam. Inhaling the moisture can help to open your airways. Sit away from the water to avoid any burns.

– Run the humidifier. If the air is dry, a warm mist humidifier or vaporiser can moisten the air and help ease congestion and coughing.

– Try soothing lozenges. Sucking on soothing lozenges will help to moisten and coat a scratchy throat. It may reduce coughing associated with flu.

– Try saline (salt water) nasal drops. Saline nose drops or sprays are effective, safe and non-irritating, even for children.

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