It’s been years since I have had a cold or the flu. However, whatever it is that my husband came down with on Winter Solstice is now occupying my body too. I’m so sick I can barely function so blogging is out of the question.
Cold or flu?
Over 100 different viruses can cause colds. The flu, on the other hand, is caused by just a few different viruses each year. That’s why there’s a vaccine for flu but not for colds.
The flu starts suddenly and hits hard. Your fever may go as high as 40C (105F). You’ll probably feel weak and tired, and have a dry cough, a runny nose, chills, muscle aches, severe headache and a sore throat. The fever may last for three to five days. After the flu goes away, you may still feel weak and tired or keep coughing for up to three weeks.
- There’s no cure for a cold or the flu. To feel better you can treat your symptoms while your body fights off the virus.
- Stay home and rest in bed, especially while you have a fever.
- Steam inhalation therapy is helpful for relieving the congestion. It opens up congested sinuses and lung passages, allowing you to discharge mucus, breathe more easily, and heal faster. To make the steam, you may use water only, or you may add eucalyptus oil to enhance the effects of the treatment.
- Drink plenty of fluids like water and fruit juices. Fluids will help loosen mucus. Fluids are also important if you have a fever because fever can dry up your body’s fluids, which can lead to dehydration.
- Drink hot tea with lemon and honey to soothe a sore throat and help loosen the mucus in your nose. Eating chicken soup can also help loosen the mucus.
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