Flu prevention is a very important thing to consider, especially during the winter season. It is easy to recover from the flu if you pay a little attention on what to do and what to avoid. This post will tell you about things to avoid if you are suffering from flu.
1. Sugary Foods Prevent Your Body From Getting Rid Of Congestion</strong>
Sugar prevents your body from fighting the bacteria that are responsible for causing the illness. Consuming products that are high in sugar, including candies, jams, jellies, bubble gums, etc. can prevent your body from getting rid of the congestion.
2. Milk And Dairy Products Exaggerate Productive Cough</strong>
No doubt, milk is a natural product that has numerous advantages. However, when one has the flu, milk is found to have negative effects. Milk or dairy products, if consumed when you are suffering from the flu, causes excessive production of mucus in the lungs and respiratory airways. The large amount of mucus in the respiratory airways provides a warm and comfortable environment for the virus and infectious organisms. Such an environment increases the period of the disease.
3. Excessive Physical Activity Is A Bad Idea</strong>
Physical activity is really good for the body, but, in this case, it is better to avoid most physical activity. In cases of bacterial or viral infection, the body’s immune system produces antibodies against the germs. This process needs a remarkable amount of energy. The immune system will not be able to work efficiently if you spend all of your energy on performing your daily physical activities. On the contrary, spending the whole day in your bed without any activity is also a bad idea. </p>
>4. Use Tissue Papers – Avoid Handkerchiefs</strong>
Many people on Earth are now aware of the fact that using handkerchiefs, if you are suffering from flu, is not a good idea. Well, by now you might have understood that handkerchiefs play a big role in the transmission of the flu from person to person. After blowing your nose, you keep your handkerchief in your pocket. What does that mean? It means that you have transferred the germs from your body onto the handkerchief, and now you are carrying those germs along with you. It is better to keep tissue papers in your pocket, use them when needed, and throw them away as soon as you use one. Avoid handkerchiefs, but if you are rich enough to use a new handkerchief every time you blow your nose, you can use as many handkerchiefs as you like.
5. Binge Drinking Can Cause Complications
Alcohol consumption should be avoided as much as possible. Chronic heavy drinkers are found to have weaker immunities as compared to non-drinkers. “Drinking is the last thing you should do if you are suffering from the flu” said William Schaffner, MD, Chairman of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn. Excessive consumption of alcohol is also known to cause complications such as somnolence, congestion, sinusitis, sore throat, etc.
6. Overuse Of Antibiotics And Flu Medications May Cause Resistance
Flu is a kind of illness that usually doesn’t fade away without completing its cycle. Some people who are over-conscious about their health will self-medicate to find relief from flu symptoms. Self-medication is not a bad idea but over-use of medicines can be harmful for the body and the mind
7. Physical Contact Spreads The Disease
You must refrain from touching your family members, friends, or people around you to avoid spreading of the disease. If possible, do not share utensils with anyone around you. It is a good idea to put on a face mask when you go to your office, school, or anywhere out. By following these simple rules, you can avoid transmission of the disease.
8. Smoking is the worst thing you can do to your lungs
You might be aware of the fact that smoking is not good at all, even if you are healthy. But smoking while you have flu is one of the worst things you can do to yourself. It not only increases the duration of the disease, but also worsens the infection. Quit smoking for a day or two, or for life, if you don’t want to go to the hospital. </p>
>It is recommended that you get a flu shot if you frequently develop the illness, or if you have a weak immune system. Furthermore, the most recent studies have suggested everyone receive flu vaccinations. The flu shot is helpful in the prevention of the illness as well as after the disease has developed. Doctors always suggest people 50 and older to have routine flu shots. The people who live in crowded areas like a hostel must get flu shots according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) plan.</p>
<img alt=”622″ src=”https://app.contentblvd.com/api/pixels/622.png” /><p>By Jonathan Kudrowitz</p>
<p>Mr. Kudrowitz is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University’s Physician Assistant Program (MMS) and also completed a master’s degree in biomedical science (MS) at Florida Atlantic University. Jon is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is a member in good standing of the FAPA and AAPA. He joined UMC in 2009 and shares a commitment to delivering high-quality care with the utmost compassion, respect and attention.</p>
<p>Jon currently words for Urgent Medical Center, Inc. in Plantation, FL: <a href=”http://www.urgentcarefl.com/” target=”_blank”>http://www.urgentcarefl.com/</a> </p>
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