Amidst Widespread Flu Outbreak, One Doctor Reveals Simple Home Remedies To Help Ease Discomfort
Marilyn Caylor 1/10/2018
It's that time of year again that everyone dreads - yep, it's flu season! In the United States, the flu usually peaks from December through February, so it will probably come as no surprise to learn that a widespread outbreak of the flu has taken over 36 different states.
Whether you're at work, school, or the grocery store, there's always someone who looks like they crawled out of a coffin and probably should have stayed in bed that morning. Although flu seasons come and go, there's actually something very different about this year's strain - it's the worst one we've experienced in decades!
Not getting sick is easier said than done, but thankfully there are home remedies that even doctors say can help ease the symptoms. If a loved one is stuck with the flu, these tips could surely help!
We're in for a whopper of a flu season this year, and emergency rooms across have reported an increase in the number of flu cases they've seen. According to CNN, 21 states reported that doctor visits are on the rise, with high fevers, coughs, and sore throats being the top complaints.
People everywhere are sharing videos of their flu "pain" on social media, and even Hollywood actress Selma Blair isn't immune to catching the icky virus.
"A sickness. I have never felt this ill, I think. The vomiting and pain and chills. I am so sorry to everyone in pain. I am hoping this is the final whack of flu. My son has been amazing on this cold beach vacation. He won't come near. It is just us here. Oh. And he gave it to me."
Even actress Sophia Bush is feeling so awful, she asked all her fans for their tips on what they're doing to get better from the flu!
If you live in Texas, then you're in flu zombie ground zero! In the worst years, the number of patients that see a doctor for flu-related symptoms clocks in at around 6%. However, this year the Dallas Observer claims that at least 13% of patients who went to see their physician did so because of the flu.
If you take into consideration that lots of people never seek medical attention, the actual number of flu cases this season are astounding. The Centers for Disease Control warns that that people who are at risk for developing complications from the flu seek professional medical help.
However, if you're just a regular guy or gal without any major medical issues, then one of the following homemade remedies may help reduce the severity or duration of your illness:
- Take oil of oregano for its antiviral properties - capsules can be found in natural health food stores.
- Take a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in the morning to soothe sore throats.
- Swallow crushed garlic, if you dare, to boost your immune system.
Please keep in mind that these tips are not a replacement for doctor visits, but it certainly can't help to get a head start on banishing your flu blues for good!