Our whole family has just been struck down by the flu, one after the other for over a week… it’s been joyful obviously! Fortunately in the midst of it all the delightful people over at Clicks delivered a very welcome little “party pack” of sorts filled with all manner of goodies to bring sweet relief to me and my sinuses and sore throat.
With the help of their saline sprays, throat lollies, nasal inhalers and hot toddy sachets we are now well on our way to wellness again which I am most grateful for but should you and yours be keen to avoid the lurgies then read on below for Top 10 tips on how to beat colds & flu this winter courtesy of Clicks Pharmacist, Waheed Abdurahman.
Top 10 tips to beat colds & flu this winter
1. Get the flu jab
The flu vaccination can be effective, even administered as late as July and it’s really a case of better late than never!
2. Avoid those who are already sick
Try to stay away from those who are sick and if you are the sick one rather take the day off work and stay at home until you are better.
3. Keep clean
Wash your hands with soap and water throughout the day, especially after shaking hands with other or using bathrooms or shopping trolleys. Use a waterless hand sanitiser if you are not near water and soap!
4. Drink plenty of fluids
Staying hydrated throughout the day will allow your immune system to function optimally and therefore fight off the virus sooner.
5. Cover up
Keep your nose and mouth covered when coughing or sneezing.
Use a humidifier to thin the air and improve breathing
7. Spritz with salt water
Gargling with salt water will soothe a sore throat and reduce infection, while spraying your nose with a saline solution will help to clear your sinuses and reduce the chance of infection setting in.
Get to bed early and have plenty of rest to keep your body strong enough to fight infection.
9. Stock up
Have the following flu relief essentials close at hand:
- Decongestants or a nasal inhaler may provide comforting relief for congested nasal passages.
- Antihistamines are helpful for sneezing and a runny nose.
- Throat lozenges to soothe a sore throat.
- Pain relievers to help reduce severity of pain and fever.
- Cough medicines to combat a dry or wet cough.
- Probiotics if your doctor has put you on antibiotics, should you get a secondary infection.
10. See the doctor
Give your body time to fight the cold or flu virus first before rushing off to get an anti-biotic. It’s important that your body’s immune system learn how to fight off bugs and that your body doesn’t become immune to the power of the anti-biotics when you really need them! If you have a temperature for longer than 2 days or your other symptoms don’t go away after 3 or 4 days then it’s time to see a doctor, especially if you notice a change in colour in your mucus – this might be a sign of a secondary bacterial infection which DOES require anti-biotics.
Speak to your Clicks Pharmacist about the right course of treatment for you and your family. There are over 340 Clicks Pharmacies & 150 Clinics across South Africa.