How To Treat the Flu

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This winter seems to be dragging on more than usual. By the middle of March it’s generally warm enough to walk outside, and not have to wear mittens. However,it’s still freezing in Pennsylvania where I live. It seems like this is making the cold/flu season drag on longer than usual too.

Thankfully I haven’t been sick yet this year -knock on wood-. This is good news since I just don’t have the time to be sick!

I’m a full time student, and Playmate/Nurse/Chef to my special needs dog Carmella. Getting sick would really make me behind in my school work, and would make it really difficult to keep up with all of Carmella’s medications.

I prevent myself from getting sick by:
1. Eating lots of fruit(especially strawberries nomnomnom)
2. Getting frequent exercise (usually walks with Carmella and yoga!)
3. Getting plenty of sleep (you call it lazy? I call it healthy!)

So far so good. However, if I did get sick letting it run its course is not an option. As a kid I used to stay in bed and watch tv for a day until I felt better. Now I have too many responsibilities to do that.

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If I did get sick here’s what I’d do

1. Take plenty of hot showers. These help with pain and congestion.

2. Take Vicks DayQuil to help me fight off symptoms. It’s hard to concentrate when your not feeling well. When I take Dayquil it relieves the 5 major cold symptoms – aches, fever, sore throat, stuffy head and cough. Best of all it doesn’t make me groggy!

3. Eat some soup. It helps soothe sore throats, and just warms you up.

4. Get plenty of rest. Your body heals during sleep.

5. Take Vicks NyQuil to make that possible. I have insomnia even when I’m not sick. Taking Nyquil always makes it easier to sleep. It calms coughs, tames the sniffles, and even contains a sleep aid to help you doze off.

What are your tips for preventing/treating illness?