The Center of Disease Control estimates that approximately 5-20% of US residents contract the flu each year with symptoms lasting up to two weeks. If you happen to be among that percentage, do not lose hope. There are things you can do to promote a more speedy recovery. Here are 3 tips to help you make a quick flu recovery or at least ease the symptoms:
1. Take a warm shower. The warm water can provide relief for aching muscles, while the steam helps to open airways and moisten the thin mucus in your sinuses. You can also add therapeutic ointments, such as eucalyptus, to the steaming water to help open up bronchial tubes for more ease of breathing.
2. Stay hydrated. Drinking enough water--at least 8 cups a day--is important to keep your respiratory system well hydrated. Liquids such as coffee, caffeinated tea or alcoholic beverages should be avoided as they may cause dehydration.
3. Try nasal saline irrigation. Nasal irrigation has been found to help ease a stuffy nose. As the saline solution flows from one nostril to the other, it washes out mucus and allergens, and clears the nasal cavity. Follow this step by step guide for more detailed instructions: http://www.webmd.com/allergies/ss/slideshow-nasal-irrigation.