There is no definitive treatment for flu but it is possible to reduce the severity of the symptoms, and take preventative steps to guard against contracting the virus. Here, our immune system expert Dr. Jen Tan guides us through the conventional and herbal remedies available to ease flu symptoms and reduce our chances of catching the infection.
Herbal nasal sprays have an advantage over conventional medicine nasal sprays, as the body is less likely to be affected by rebound congestion. Products such as A.Vogel Sinuforce Nasal Spray containing peppermint oil and eucalyptus oil can be used for up to 30 days.
There are a variety of measures to employ at home which will help relieve mild to moderate flu symptoms:
Rest – if you can’t face getting out of bed and going to work, then your body may be telling you something. If you get enough rest, this will help your immune system fight the infection. Rushing about when you are sick will do you no favours and will increase your risk of a secondary infection.
Take a steamy bath or shower – the steam will help clear your nasal passages
Keep a proper sleep routine – your immune system won’t thank you if you don’t keep to a regular system, and this will make it harder to fight the infection. If you are struggling to sleep at night because of congestion, try keeping your head elevated with pillows.