Tips for Preventing and Treating the Flu

January 14, 2013

Dr. Beth Canfield-Simbro, associate professor of human performance and sport business at the University of Mount Union, offers the following tips for preventing the flu and treating the illness if you have it.

  • Wash your hands! Soap and water can kill viruses that cause the flu. Antibacterial lotions or gels don't kill viruses. If someone in your house has the flu, try to wipe down common surfaces like doorknobs, keyboards, etc. with a bleach solution daily.
  •  Get lots of fluids if you are feeling ill. Fluids help you get the virus out of your system and prevent dehydration. Chicken soup, water, juice, popsicles, or any other drink is a good choice.
  •  Rest. Yes, you're busy, but even Superman and Superwoman get sick and need to rest. A bit of rest now could shorten your illness and get you back to your activities sooner.
  •  Keep lots of facial tissues on hand during the flu season. You never know when you'll need them, and if they are handy you don't have to go to the store when you're sick.
  •  Stay home if you are ill. It's good for you and good for everyone else!
  • If you need another good reason to stick to your resolution to be more active, exercise boosts your immune system, so you are less likely to get sick. If you have the flu, rest until your symptoms from the neck up are better.
  •  Gargling with warm salt water really helps sore throats. It's cheap, convenient, and effective!
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