Best Home Remedies and Natural Treatments to Relieve Symptoms


Try as you might, you may not be able to avoid getting sick during cold and flu season. After all, the influenza virus doesn’t discriminate between healthy and unhealthy people, or old and young ones. Plus, the virus spreads easily through droplets in the air when someone who is infected coughs, sneezes, or even talks, so we’re all potential targets.

Plus, flu season is longer than you might think — it runs through fall and winter and even into spring, peaking sometime between December and February — so time isn’t on your side.

Prevention is key. Getting an annual flu shot can help protect you from getting the flu. You may still get sick even if you’re vaccinated, but flu symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, and body aches are likely to be less severe.

If you do get the flu, you may want to take an antiviral drug such as oseltamivir phosphate (Tamiflu), zanamivir (Relenza), or baloxavir marboxil (Xofluza) within two days of the onset of symptoms, especially if you are at high risk of flu complications. You may not be able to get rid of the flu in 24 hours, but these medications will help shorten the length of illness.


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