It’s the flu season once more and people are gearing up to protect themselves. The flu usually starts with achy muscles and it quickly escalates to having runny nose, fever, chills, and cough. When we experience these symptoms, we usually treat them like we do with a bad cold. However, influenza is different.
The flu can be deadly. Some vaccines don’t work well against new strains of flu. But vaccines do help a little in nudging you in the right direction. When you have the flu, it is important to be aware of your surroundings. Don’t keep on touching your face, and get plenty of sleep to help you recover and get better. Also, in this article, we are going to share more on what not to do when you are sick with the flu.
No Need for Cough Medicine
A nasty cough is a result of the flu that often leaves you exhausted and sore. Over-the-counter cough medicines are not that effective because the doses of these medications are too low. Also, if you have children, never give them cough medicines that contain opioids such as codeine. Experts and the Food and Drug Administration warn that children should not be taking cold or cough medications because they are not beneficial and might be harmful.
For adults who like to mix medication because they feel that they need higher doses, never mix products that contain acetaminophens, such as Nyquil, Tylenol, or Theraflu. The safe and recommended daily dose for an entire 24 hours is no more than 4,000 mg. If you go over the recommended dosage even just a little it can cause liver damage.
Do Not Take Antibiotics
Flu is caused by a virus. Take antiviral medications instead of antibiotics to treat the viruses because antibiotics treat bacterial infections. Tamiflu is an antiviral prescription drug that can treat flu. But doctors only prescribe it to those with compromised immunes systems that are more susceptible to illness, such young children, pregnant women, and older adults. Tamiflu works best when given or taken within the day or so of signs of the first symptoms. You don’t have to wait to see a doctor if a high-risk family member shows signs.
Do Not Lie Down
When you have a high fever, chills, and body aches, trying not to lie down is a very difficult thing to do. It is important to rest during the flu, but lying down can make it harder on your lungs. Lie upright to make it easier to clear your lungs. Keep your head up to make it easier to breathe. Sitting upright helps stop the congestion from tickling down the back of your throat and cause a tickling feeling that can lead to more coughing.
Do Not Give Children Aspirin
When the fever starts, headaches follow which can be very difficult for most. This leads them to result in taking aspirin to get relief. However, aspirin and salicylate drugs can cause Reye’s syndrome for children under 18. It is a serious complication that can lead to problems with the brain and liver. Ibuprofen or acetaminophen is recommended for reducing fever. But you have to be very careful about reading the labels from any over-the-counter drugs or prescription medication that you may take. Observe great caution especially when combining medications, an overdose can lead to even more serious complications.
According to a 2014 study, adults who take aspirin and other fever reducers can actually make the infection last longer and may increase the spread of the infection. When the fever is reduced, the individual will most likely feel better and may be ready to interact with others without having the risk of contamination compared to those who have suppressed fever.
Do Not Drink Alcohol
Alcohol may make people drowsy, but it does not lead to good sleep and can cause dehydration. It is important to rest and stay hydrated when you have the flu to help the recovery process go faster. The flu can make people feel more sick or delirious. Flu can also affect your thinking and when you drink alcohol, it will only make you feel worse.
Do Not Take a Cold Shower
Some people think it’s a good idea to take a cold shower or an ice bath in order to reduce their fever. Instead, it does the complete opposite because it will make the fever go up. A sponge bath using lukewarm water is more advisable.