15 Flu Tips for Germophobes

Do you have bottles of disinfectant in your desk at the office, in the car, and in your breifcase or purse? Refuse to shake hands? Open public restroom doors with paper towels? Join the club.

Being vigilant all year round can greatly reduce your risk of getting the flu, and can also reduce the severity and duration of your illness if you do contract the virus.

Paying attention to local news reports can help you avoid getting the flu. You can find out if the flu has appeared yet in your area, since the flu must be reported to city and state health departments. News media outlets often report the first case of flu in your area, and you can use this information to increase your vigilance of hand washing, avoiding sick and ill appearing people, and making sure that your children and family does the same. Here are some more tips to help you dodge those bacteria and viruses:

Tip 1

When you first realize that youre having the flu, thats the time to call your doctor and begin preparing for the coming battle. If you wait until the last minute, you will only be putting yourself in danger and most likely prolonging the duration of the illness. If discovered early, the flu and its symptoms can be alleviated by the appropriate medicine. So dont delay. Take action as soon as you can; itll pay dividends in the future.

Tip 2

The avian flu virus more commonly called bird flu is feared because of two main reasons. First, because it is currently incurable, and second, because it is possible that it can mutate into a form that spreads too quickly for the world community to control. While it is not yet a real threat at the moment, it can quickly degenerate into a deadly one, one that can have far-reaching effects into the world at large.

Tip 3

For the most part, humans in general are still not in danger of the bird flu. Its present incarnation is quite difficult to transmit from person to person. Most cases of bird flu have come from people who have come indirect contact with infected bird secretions, as would be present in freshly-laid eggs.

Tip 4

If you are not in the risk groups (child, elderly, diabetic, reduced immune system) the best way to cope with an onset of flu is simply to drink lots of fluids and rest. If you think you are in a risk group, a flu vaccine is really essential, but if you have alredy got flu, then you need to seek medical assistance quickly.

Tip 5

If your kids contract the flu, it is vital that you give them plenty of rest. Dont allow them to engage in strenuous exercise or play. Even if they do not feel fatigued for the first few days, be firm. The body must be in a state of rest if it is to cope with the sickness brought by the virus.

Tip 6

Water is especially helpful to anyone with the flu and so are isotonic sport drinks too. Children with the flu can also get diarrhea, so replacing lost fluids takes an important role in keeping their health up.

Tip 7

Be very careful when buying medicine to treat the flu. Many drugstores offer over the counter remedies, which are available for purchase even without a prescription. These drugs are often combinations of pain-killers, expectorants, decongestants and antihistamine.

Thus, they can treat body aches and fatigue, coughs, respiratory problems like runny or stuffed noses, and any allergic reactions. Unfortunately, these medicines do nothing against the root of the problem, which is the reproduction and subsequent spreading of the virus itself.

Tip 8

Stay home when you have flu symptoms. You should know that anytime you have a fever, you are likely contagious. At first sign of those symptoms, get yourself to a doctor and start getting better. There is nothing at work that cant wait for you to heal and your co-workers will certainly appreciate the fact that you are not spreading the flu to them.

Tip 9

Get enough rest every night, not just during flu season. Also, eating right, increasing your intake of fresh, vibrantly colored fruits and vegetables, drinking plenty of water, reducing the amount of fatty and fried foods in your diet, helps your body to be strong and create a strong immune system. Regular exercise has also been proven to strengthen the immune system and make you less likely to come down with the flu. These changes must happen well before the flu season begins in order to give you the best benefits during the flu season.

Tip 10

A normal healthy adult person can beat the flu over the course of 5-7 days but fatigue is known to last much longer after the virus has left your system. Cough, fatigue, fever runny nose are all common symptoms that come along with the flu. These normal symptoms are nothing to contact your doctor about. A lot of sleep, drinking plenty of liquids, water and orange juice and sweating out the flu are ways the average adult can handle the flu on their own.

Tip 11

One of the complications of influenza is that bacterial infections can get into the lungs. The way to keep an eye on this is to observe the color of the mucus that keeps on coming out of your nose and that you are coughing up. It should be clear. If it changes color it is a sign of a bacterial infection and you need to contact your doctor.

Tip 12

Get yourself treated as soon as possible. As soon as you think that you are coming down with the flu, rush down to the nearest hospital and ask to be diagnosed. Waiting until you are sure that you have the flu makes little sense by then you will most likely be miserable and in no way able to go to the hospital yourself.

Tip 13

Take your vitamins regularly. Dont forget to take Vitamin C either. 1000 mg of Vitamin C each day will drastically improve your bodys capacity to fight infection, and put you on the road to recovery.

Tip 14

Make a few lifestyle changes. Stop drinking alcohol or smoking. Both alcohol and nicotine weakens the bodys powers of resistance, leaving you more vulnerable to the attacks of the flu virus itself, or perhaps another one. Complications can arise quickly when the body is in a weakened state.

Tip 15

Stay at home. Flu is often accompanied by fatigue and muscles aches, so no unnecessary stress should be made on the body during this time. Bed rest is often advisable; at the most a light exercise regimen should be ascribed to, such as a leisurely walk. Try to let the sunshine and fresh air into your room; this will help make your body stronger.