Hey I if you’re in North Carolina USA and you’ve been checking out the news lately you’ve probably heard that the Centers for Disease Control announced 15 additional deaths from the flu last week in North Carolina. That brings the total number of deaths to 114 since Oct. 4, surpassing last season's total of 107.
That’s not good. So I thought I’d post a little Help Just in case you come in contract with the little bug or needs to defend it off.
Wash your hands
Wash your hand thoroughly and often, especially during the cold seasons. Teach your children the importance of hand washing. Also carry a bottle of hand sanitizer when soap and water aren't available. These gels kill most germs, and are safe for older children to use. Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth. Move away from people who are coughing and sneezing.
Get some rest and relaxation
If you do catch a cold be sure to get lots of extra rest. Relaxing enables you to put all your energy in to getting well. It can also help your avoid complications like bronchitis and pneumonia. Take a day or two off from work if you're feeling really bad. Control your stress levels.
Keep bundled up against the cold, this keep your immune system cozily focused on fighting your cold infections instead of displacing energy to protect you from the cold.
Load up on liquids.
Drink six to eight glasses of water, juice, tea, and other mostly clear liquids daily, this will replace important fluids lost during a cold and help flush out impurities that may be preying on your system
Sip on chicken soup
Chicken soup a long-time folk remedy and is a proven remedy for colds. Scientists have discovered chicken that soup helps relieve cold and flu symptoms. A cup of hot chicken soup can also help unclog your nasal passages.
Keep plenty of vitamin C on hand
Take plenty of Vitamin C, it works in the body as a scavenger picking all sorts of trash including virus trash. It can shorten the length of a cold.
Sooth your throat
If you have a sore throat try gargling with salt water a few times a day. Salt helps sterilize the bacteria in the back of your throat and promotes the healing of inflamed tissue. To make a salt solution stir one half teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and gargle for 30 to 60 seconds. Drinking warm lemon water with honey may also help soothe a sore throat and relieve a cough.
Take An Over The Counter Medication
You can take an aspirin or substitute for aches and fever. Be sure to follow the product instructions. Do not take antibiotics for a cold or the flu unless there is solid medical evidence that you have secondary bacterial infection. See your doctor if in doubt. Only he should prescribe medication for such infection. Don’t use other people medication.
Finally, When to call the doctor
Call a doctor if you have a fever of 100 degrees or higher, facial swelling, and /or severe pain in the ears which may indicate that you may have an ear infection. If your cold last more than 10 days, or has gotten steadily worse. If your throat begins to hurt severely and your tonsils or throat have a white or yellow coating you may have tonsillitis or strep throat. If you have a severe cough with thick, discolored mucus, and a cough that last more than ten days you may have pneumonia. Make an appointment with a doctor.