Flu (or infl uenza) is caused by viruses, not bacteria, so antibiotics won’t help, as antibiotics do not kill bacteria. Most people who have the fl u and who are generally healthy and well, will get better without any treatment because the body’s immune system will take care of the infection on its own.
What can I do to relieve my symptoms?
- Keep hydrated: drink plenty of water
- Keep warm
- Avoid exposure to cigarette smoke
- Inhale steam to help and relieve a blocked nose
- Soothe a sore throat by:
- Gargling with warm salty water
- Sucking on an ice cube or a throat lozenger
- Drinking hot water with honey and lemon.
Medicines for relieving the symptoms of Flu
There are medicines you can take to help manage the symptoms of flu.
- Paracetamol for relieving pain and fever
- Decongestants and saline nasal sprays or drops for relieving a blocked nose.
How can you prevent the Flu from occurring?
- Get vaccinated – it’s not too late to vaccinate, arrange a time with one of our Doctors, particularly for the medically frail or if you work in an environment with constant exposure to the public
- Good hygiene: wash your hands regularly
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet
- Wipe household surfaces so they are clean and dry
- Avoid close contact with people who seem to be infected.