Timely treatment of influenza helps prevent more serious complications from setting in.
General measures for managing flu • Rest: One should rest as much as possible. You will breathe more often if you move around. Increased breathing results in (a) ‘sucking’ the virus from the throat into the lungs and (b) cooling of the lining of the respiratory tract and therefore help the virus to multiply and grow. • Keep the room warm: You should stay in a warm place. It is not enough to just wear a sweater and stay warm. The room temperature should be kept high so that the air you breathe is also warmer and keeps the temperature inside the respiratory tract higher. Higher temperature of the respiratory tract prevents from entering it and\or multiplying it in its lining. • Drink plenty of fluids: Fluids keep the lining of the respiratory tract wet and therefore helps you swallow the secretions of the lungs that help protect the lungs. • Take medicines such as Crocin for high fever: But you should not take any medicine for low grade fever because this fever helps the body fight infection. • Cough syrup: Sometimes your doctor may prescribe a cough medicine, especially to help you sleep better at night.
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