Looking for ways to ease up those flu symptoms?
Join the crowd. Overall in Wisconsin, activity the flu is considered high now, while it was considered low at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends.
According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following information:
- Take a warm shower: Getting in a warm shower with the bathroom door closed works as your own personal sauna. The steamy bathroom helps to open your airways and moisten and thin the mucus in your sinuses.
- Increase liquids: Stay well-hydrated by drinking at least 8 cups (64 ounces) of water each day. Water keeps your respiratory system hydrated, which helps to liquefy thick mucus that builds up with a respiratory infection. Some findings show that hot liquids may be superior to cold liquids in upper respiratory infections. Other liquids can be added, but avoid coffee, tea with caffeine, or alcoholic beverages as these liquids may cause dehydration.
But we also wondered what home remedies you use to ease the symptoms. Here's what our readers had to say when we posed the question on Facebook.
Karen Jensen Pure Honey and Cinnamon!! worked pretty good for me~I added it to my tea!! I do about 1/8 cup honey and 1 tap honey or to your taste!! I put it in the microwave for 15 seconds to liquify it!! 3 times a day.
Darcy Maranger Mohr Flu fighter tea from The Grind. I don't know what's in it but it makes me feel better.
Have more home remedy ideas or have a favorite over the counter product that you swear makes you less miserable? Share it in the comments section.