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How do you get rid of the flu?


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You should get flu vaccinations every year because the flu is still out there and prevention is the best method. Sometimes, if you do get flu vaccinations, there is still a chance for you to feel mild flu symptoms as a reaction to the vaccine. If you do get sick here are some medications or solutions you can take/do to help you get better:

If you have annoying sinus pressure (stuffy nose), try using a Neti Pot (to irrigate your sinuses) or a nasal spray. Ask the pharmacist for other suggestions based upon your specific symptoms.

NSAIDS, such as Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprofen, and other drugs from this class can help with fever and reduction of inflammation of tissues, as well as general aches and pains and headaches.

If you have a stomach ache, you can try to sip bubbly drinks (Sprite,7UP, Ginger Ale) or take a medication like Peptobismal or other over the counter stomach medicines.

Headaches are VERY common. They can be caused directly by the virus causing the flu or from dehydration, stuffy sinuses, fever, rhinitis (runny irritated nose) or other common flu symptoms, such as coughing.

A good method for reducing all the symptoms and to help with aches and pains is as simple as taking a hot bath or shower. It will relax muscles, ease headaches, humidify and soothe mucus tissue, and make you feel fresher and rest better.

The annual flu shot is recommended, and also other preventive measures such as washing your hands with warm water and soap to keep away germs.