What You Shouldn't Do If You Have the FLU

The flu running like wild fire and so many people catching symptoms and not even realizing it. At first, people always say that they just have a cold. It is indeed easy to mistake the two. They symptoms are very similar. The both share a runny nose, fever, and cough. But the thing that separates the two is CHILLS. If you are feeling under the weather and you have the chills, you have the FLU. There is no way around it, you got it.

Having a cold is never fun, and having the flu is even worst. I know what then I am sick, I am a straight up baby. I don’t want to do anything, I can’t do anything, and I want to be taken care of 24/7. Basically, I need my mommy. I can’t be the only one that feels this way??? I lay in bed all day and just dream of when I was healthy.

If you weren’t able to take preventive measures to avoid getting the flu, there are some things to make sure you DON’T do after you have it:

Don’t take cold medicine – it is never effective in getting rid of that nasty cough that you have. The dosage is too low to take care of what the flu is bringing your way. Most importantly, make sure never to mix pills like Tylenol and cough syrups like Nyquil.

Don’t take Antibiotics – the flu is a virus, so you will need to take and antiviral. Antibiotics are bacterial infections. You don’t have that when you have the flu. A prescription drug like Tamiflu will be need when you have the flu.

Do not lie down – this may seem impossible to so when every part of your body is achy, and you have the chills. Granted getting rest is very important to your recovery, but its how you it that makes a world of difference. Laying flat make it hard on your lungs so breathing becomes a chore. What you want to do is lie in an upright position so that your lungs have it easy.

Don’t drink a Hot Toddy – This is an old wives’ tale that we have come to live by. But drinking alcohol doesn’t help you fall asleep and my lead to dehydration. Alcohol can often make people feel worse off.

No cold showers to reduce fever – Taking a cold shower can usually have an adverse effect. What you really want to do is take a shower in tepid water. This will help to break your fever.

Do not go to WORK – staying home and getting rest is one of the most important things that you can do. If you go to work, you are exposing all of your co-workers to your germs and within no time the whole office will be sick. Let’s not put others at risk.

Laura CurryComment