Feeling Better: Tips for Relieving Cold and Flu Symptoms
Colds and flu are very common illnesses...
There is no cure for colds or flu.
- If you have a cold you will probably feel tired, have a runny nose and sore throat, and sneeze a lot.
- If you have the flu you will probably have a fever, body aches, a headache, a cough, and a sore throat.
But you can make yourself feel better!
- There is no medicine that will make the cold or flu go away when you are sick.
Here are some things you can do.
- Home remedies and over-the-counter medicines can make you feel better while you are sick.
- Make time for extra rest and sleep.
- Drink lots of liquids-for example, juice, tea, or soup.
Here are more things that you can do.
- To relieve coughing:
- Drink a lot of fluids
- Ask a doctor or nurse about taking an over-the-counter cough medicine.
- To relieve a sore throat, if you are over age 6 and not at risk of choking:
- Gargle with warm salt water
- Suck on ice chips, medicated lozenges, or sugar-free hard candies.
A Safety Note
- To relieve aches and fevers:
- Ask a doctor or nurse about taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.
- To relieve runny or stuffy noses:
- Breathe warm, moist air from a hot bath, hot shower, or bowl filled with hot water
- Ask a doctor or nurse about taking an over-the-counter medicine.
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- Before taking any new over-the-counter medications talk to your doctor or nurse to make sure they are safe for you.
- If the doctor or nurse says that a medication is safe,
- Be sure to take the correct amount, and
- Take it only as often as the doctor or nurse says is allowed.
- The information for this Health Point came from Kaiser Permanente Online