Yep, it’s that time of year again. Runny noses, sneezing, coughs, general ickiness.
It happens every fall: we love the season but hate the change in the weather that brings about coughs, colds and flu.
Many people misinterpret all that sneezing as their normal allergy symptoms, but let me tell you, I’ve been around too many people that misdiagnose themselves right into pneumonia.
So let’s cover a few bases to help you not end up all miserable and achy.
Know your symptoms
Hey, you’ve been on this planet long enough to know if your allergies are acting up or if it’s something else. There are subtle signs; remember what they are.
Sneezing and watery eyes generally signal a problem with those allergies, and the normal procedures you take to alleviate them get them under control. If they aren’t working, you can probably bet your bottom dollar that it’s something else. Pay attention, it will be worth it, k?
The 5 day rule
If you aren’t feeling any better after 5 days, hightail it to a Doctor. I used to have people come into my store and say that they’ve been battling “such and such” for 2 weeks and still feel like crap. HELLO!?! Hey, I hate the Doctor as much as the next person, but if push comes to shove, I’m gonna go to the doc.
Pneumonia hits hard, folks, and I’ve seen it happen to too many people that could have avoided it if they would have caught the symptoms early on and nipped them in the butt.
There are tons or preventative measures that can be taken to help you make it through the cold and flu season virtually unscathed.
When it comes to my health, I’m doing this year round with the holistic approach that is incorporated into my daily life. My little secret?
Yep, love it and use it alot.
No, I’m not the kind to chomp on a clove every day, but I do like it in and use it on most of the foods that I eat.
Garlic = love in my book.
LOTS OF IT! You gotta cleanse that body of yours, and there isn’t a better way to flush out any bad toxins than with pure, clean water.
Don’t know what to take? There is a product that I have used for years and I have passed on to others: EmergenC. This stuff is fantabulous! One packet a day gives you a ton of vitamins and minerals, plus a huge boost of Vitamin C. When I don’t feel 100%, you know, like I may be coming down with something, I take 2 of the packets and mix them with a small glass of water and slam it down! I get a boost of energy and kick whatever was trying to hit me right on it’s keester.
Cough it out
If you have a cold, don’t suppress it, EXPRESS it. The only way to get that crap out of your lungs is to cough it out. Too often we take cough medicine to stop our coughs, but that is something that is best left for when you want a good night’s rest. During the day, take an expectorant that will loosen that stuff and help you get it out of your lungs.
Kid’s cough medicine is the best that I have found for this, but there is some adult stuff out there that has it too. Do the research and read the labels.
This is the duh factor people. If you’re not feeling well, kick back and give your body some rest. Don’t go spreading those germs among your friends, family and colleagues. I know you were taught to share, but not this kind of stuff. We love you and would rather spend time with you when you are healthy, so eat Grandma’s chicken noodle soup (always a proven winner for illness) and curl up with your favorite book/movie marathon/kitty cat.
There are tons more that I could share with you, but I’ll bring them about in future posts. So for now, let’s try to get through the changing of seasons with as little downtime as possible.
Is there some special secret you have to getting through the cold/flu season that you’d like to share? I’d love to hear it!
I am not a Doctor nor do I pretend to be. This information is from personal insight only and not intended to diagnose or treat any illness. Please, please, please, always check with your physician before starting a health regimen. Let them know what you are planning to do and take so that proper care and monitoring can be taken.
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