Down with the flu? Many people make the mistake to think that antibiotics could help. But as flu is caused by the influenza virus, these medications won't make a difference. Luckily, there are steps you can take to speed up your recovery.
Stay in bed for a few days to rest; ask your pharmacist about over-the-counter drugs to relieve symptoms; increase your intake of vitamins A and C; try aromatherapy oils like lavender, grapefruit or rosemary oil in your bath or as a massage oil; try zinc lozenges to soothe a sore throat and zinc nasal spray for a runny nose; chicken soup may soothe a sore throat, clear clogged passageways, and hydrate a thirsty body; consult your doctor if the flu is severe, if you show any signs of a secondary infection, or your fever persists longer than three to five days.