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 some of our Facebook friends and businesses had to say when we posed the question on Facebook.
Amy Hoeppner, owner of Juice Garden Cafe, offered a 'No Flu Tea' recipe, which includes chicken stock, cinnamon, peppercorns, and a few other spices. Of course, nutrient-rich liquids like juices are always a recommendation as well, and if you're under the weather, send someone there to pick up a glassful.
Jamie Foshey took on a more aesthetic angle, offering that her flower shop, Leaves Floral Design is a great stop to make if you're caring for someone beset with aches and chills. They have Get Well Flowers to brighten the spirits of a friend or loved one laid up.
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.