Last Updated on January 23, 2021
Cold weather is the prime time to get the flu, and even though the majority of people get vaccinated, sometimes not even vaccines can fully prevent the spread of this virus. Everybody knows what the symptoms of the flu are, but do you know how to treat the flu? Whether you have medical reasons for not taking the flu virus medication, or if you simply want to get back on your feet as quickly as you can, we leave you with this list of 9 hacks that will help you survive this nasty virus and get rid of it as soon as possible!
1. Make your kids take their medication
2. Get overnight cough treatment
Your eight hours of sleep are the best time to set your cough treatment in motion. Before going to bed, apply a generous amount of vapor rub to your feet and put on a pair of socks. The soles of your feet do a great job absorbing topical solutions, and when you wake up you will see that you already feel less congested – and as a plus, your feet will be softer as well.
3. Avoid spreading germs
It is only natural that you will end up pilling up a mountain of used tissues if you are suffering from the flu, but this isn’t the way to go. Keeping your tissues around the house will only end up spreading more germs around, making it harder for you and your family to get better. If you have an empty box, use it specifically to throw away your used tissues and keep it close by.
4. Use a crockpot humidifier
You can make the best of your crockpot and use it to moisture the air in your house – this way you will keep your nasal passages from drying out, which is very important since dry nasal passages are not as effective when it comes to filtering germs. All you need to do is fill the crockpot three-quarters of the way, let it warm up for about an hour and then take off the lid and let the vapor do its job.
5. Take care of your throat
One of the most common flu symptoms is a sore throat – but luckily for you, we have a sweet solution to offer. If you are experiencing soreness or irritation, eat a marshmallow – the gelatine will help to coat your throat, easing the discomfort and alleviating the irritation.
6. Take advantage of technology
Nowadays we have everything we need to make our lives easier, even when you are sick. When it comes to the flu virus, getting the right flu remedies is important, of course, but getting the right accessories to track the evolution of the virus is also essential. There are smart thermometers that will connect to a smartphone app in order to keep track of your temperatures, and at the same time allow you to register your symptoms, as well as your medicine doses.
7. Wash away congestion
A congested nose can be one of the many signs of flu, and it can also be the most annoying one – you will find yourself regretting all the times you took breathing for granted. This trick doesn’t fall into the category of natural flu remedies because it isn’t a remedy, per se, but it is super helpful and super easy. Let the hot water in your bathroom run, and close the door; then, get inside and take a steamy hot shower. The steam will help with your congestion and you will feel relief almost immediately.
8. Dry skin solution
When you are suffering from the flu virus, you will experience all kinds of discomfort – from mouth breathing to sneezing, to endless nose-blowing. All these can result in awfully dry and chapped skin. You can use a moisturizer or some Vaseline to soothe the affected areas, or you can go down the natural path and use honey as a moisturizer that will also help you relieve the discomfort.
9. Eat Ginger
There are many foods you can eat that are rich in vitamin C and that will prepare your immune system for the flu. But if there is one food that is effective as an anti-flu medication, that food is ginger. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger will help clear up your sinuses, and at the same time, it will provide you pain relief. You can add it to your dishes, or you can consume it as an infusion, and you can add a little bit of honey as well.