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Flu-like symptoms Treatments

Flu-like symptoms: Treatments Inroduction

Treatment of the flu starts with prevention. Preventive measures include covering your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when you sneeze or cough and washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 15 seconds. You can also use antibacterial cleaners to clean hands and surfaces. It is also important to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, which can transmit the virus from your hands into your body.

Getting a yearly flu shot is also critical to avoiding the flu and its complications. Although influenza type C virus is a stable virus, Influenza type A virus and influenza type B virus are viruses that can change and produce new strains of viruses that can overcome the immunity a person might have developed to a particular strain of the flu in a previous flu season. This is why it is necessary to get a new flu shot every year to protect against the newly emerging strain of flu.

Getting a flu shot is especially important for people who are at risk for contracting the flu or serious complications, such as children, those over 50 years of age, and those with compromised immune systems or chronic diseases, including diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

There is currently no cure for the flu. Once the disease is contracted, treatment includes measures to help relieve symptoms so that one is comfortable enough to get the rest needed to keep up strength and recover without developing complications. Treatment includes rest and over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen as directed to ease body aches and fever. Good care also includes drinking plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Chicken soup is a time-tested home remedy can help to break up congestion and provides easy-to-digest nutrients to help keep up strength.

Antibiotics are not prescribed for the flu because they are ineffective against the viruses that cause the flu. However, antibiotics may be prescribed if a person develops a secondary bacterial infection as a complication of the flu, such as bacterial pneumonia, acute bronchitis, or encephalitis.

There are also antiviral medications available that can limit the length of the flu. These include oseltamivir and zanamivir, which can have side effects and are not appropriate or necessary for all people with the flu. Antiviral drugs may be prescribed only to people who are at a high risk of developing life-threatening complications of the flu, such as pneumonia or acute bronchitis.

Alternative Treatments for Flu-like symptoms

Alternative treatments, home remedies, other other complementary therapies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Flu-like symptoms in various sources may include:

  • Garlic
  • Echinacea
  • Goldenseal
  • Cat's claw
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Lemon juice
  • Tomato juice
  • Hydration
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Avoid dairy products
  • Ginger
  • Astragalus
  • Yarrow tea
  • Fever few
  • Elderberry tea
  • Vitamin C
  • IP-6 (inositol hexaphosphate) supplement
  • Thymus extract
  • Humidity
  • Thyme oil mist
  • Eucalyptus oil mist
  • Rose geranium oil mist
  • Acerola berry
  • Chicken soup
  • Hot chile peppers
  • Rest
  • Liquids
  • Yogurt
  • Chamomile tea
  • Resveratrol
  • Pomegranate juice
  • Resveratrol (found in red wine)
  • Soak feet in a mustard powder bath
  • Reduce stress
  • Naturopathy
  • Breathing exercise
  • Triphala tea or supplement
  • Tulsi tea (holy basil)
  • Fennel seed powder with raw sugar
  • Ginger, cinnamon and cardamom tea
  • Ginger, cinnamon and lemongrass tea
  • Influenzinum homeopathic prevention
  • Arsenicum album homeopathic prevention and treatment
  • Gelsemium homeopathic prevention and treatment
  • Oscillococcinum homeopathic remedy
  • Aconite homeopathic remedy
  • Bryonia homeopathic remedy
  • Eupatorium perfoliatum homeopathic remedy
  • Rhus tox homeopathic remedy
  • Belladonna homeopathic remedy
  • Nux vomica homeopathic remedy
  • Pulsatilla homeopathic remedy
  • Sulphur homeopathic remedy
  • Phosphoric acid homeopathic remedy
  • Inhale warm rice vinegar
  • Garlic milk
  • Chinese folk remedies
  • Radish and green onion
  • Green tea with mung beans
  • Chinese patent herbs
  • Fenugreek tea
  • Drink water with mullein tincture
  • Avoid medicated nasal sprays
  • Oral fever reducer if very uncomfortable or high-risk group (e.g. elderly and very young children)
  • Popsicles

Treatments for Causes of Flu-like symptoms

Review the treatment information pages for various causes of Flu-like symptoms:

More causes: not all possible causes for Flu-like symptoms are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Flu-like symptoms.

Treatment Notes

Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Flu-like symptoms:

The following list of conditions have 'Flu-like symptoms' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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