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Traditional flu remedies

Influenza (Flu or colds) are highly contagious viral illness which is common during the winter months between October and March. Symptoms normally consist of aching joints and muscles, fever, headaches, cough and sore throat. Often the best course of treatment involves very traditional flu remedies. this page outlines the most effective traditional flu remedies

Antibiotics will not help in the treatment of viral infections such as the common cold the only treatment available is antivirals such as Tamiflu or traditional flu remedies.


What can I do to stop myself from catching the flu?

The Government's "Catch it, Bin it, Kill it" campaigns sums up the most practical methods for avoiding the spread of influenza A infection:

Covering your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze is an effective way of stopping this airborne virus from spreading. You should throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands afterwards.

Other practical advice involves frequent cleaning of hard surfaces including door handles and remote controls.

In some people a yearly flu vaccine is highly recommended. High risk groups such as the elderly and people with diabetes or heart or lung disease should visit their GP for vaccination as they are less likely to be able to cope with flu symptoms.


How can I relieve the symptoms of influenza?

  • Drink plenty of fluids. Fever causes sweating and loss of fluids

  • Rest up. Stay in bed and try to get lots of sleep

  • Treat any cough with an over-the-counter cough remedy and ask your pharmacist for advice.

  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.

  • Reduce fever and muscle pain by taking paracetamol or aspirin or ibuprofen.

  • Try an over-the-counter nasal decongestant.

  • Consult a doctor if the symptoms last more than a week, or sooner if your symptoms are particularly severe.


Special Swine flu advice for contacting your GP

The official advice for those who suspect they have Influenza H1N1 is to stay at home and avoid close contact with others. You should contact the National Pandemic Flu Service hotline for advice on what to do.
However you should contact your GP direct rather than using the National Pandemic Flu Service in the following cases:

  • you suffer from a serious underlying illness

  • you are pregnant

  • you have a sick child under 12 months

  • your condition suddenly deteriorates

  • your condition persists for more than seven days (five days for a child)
Latest information 30/09/2009
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