Home Remedies for Relieving Body Aches From the Flu
Do You Have the Flu?
If you've got a runny nose, fever over 102 degrees, cough, sore throat, headaches, and are experiencing fatigue and muscle aches, you could have the flu. Flu symptoms are similar to cold symptoms, but they generally come on much more quickly and intensely.
Home Remedies for Those Sore Muscles
Body aches are one of the worst parts of having the flu. Ideally, we could get rid of our sore muscles as fast as they showed up. While getting rid of these aches completely is probably unrealistic, you can do certain things to relieve the pain somewhat.
This article goes into detail on how to help soothe your achey body. Here are some ways you can treat your symptoms at home:
- Run a hot bath. According to Dr. Steve Harris, it is safe for an adult with a fever to take a hot shower or bath (or even get into the jacuzzi), unless the person is experiencing a fever over 104 degrees. The hot water will help to eliminate the aches and pains.
- Take over-the-counter pain medication. Medications such as aspirin, Tylenol, Advil, or Aleve, will help you get through the worst of it. Read the directions on the packages for the recommended dosage and do not exceed them. Sometimes when you over-medicate, it backfires and makes things feel even worse.
- Ask your spouse or a friend to give you a massage on the part of your body that's ailing you. Mentholated cream is a nice addition that will allow your blood to flow freely, and give some heat to soothe the aching. Some people say that massages are a bad idea for people with the flu since they may cause germs to spread more quickly throughout your body than they would have otherwise. However, a short leg, foot, or hand massage will feel great, though it's probably a good idea to stay away from professional full-body massages.
- Lay on your bed or couch with your legs propped up high on a pillow. If you lay down and prop your legs up over your heart, you will allow the blood to flow freely through your legs, minimizing the aches and pains you are feeling.
- Heating pads or heated blankets can help to relieve some of the pain. If you have a couple of heating pads, lay yourself on the couch or a bed and place them wherever the aches are. Same goes for the heating blanket — turn it to a medium heat and crawl underneath and enjoy it. Be careful to not use excessive heat since you could burn yourself.
- If you have a jacuzzi or a hot tub, get in immediately! The heat from the hot tub water will relax all your muscles and make them feel somewhat better. You can stay in for about 20 minutes at a time. Be careful to avoid getting dehydrated, however, since hot tubs can make you sweat without realizing it.
- As above, make sure you're drinking plenty of fluids.
- Get plenty of rest. Sleep and lie down as much as possible. Your household chores can wait for a little bit until you're feeling better. It's not worth it to prolong your illness.
The flu is a nasty bug that can last anywhere between one to two weeks, and in most cases you will have to bear through it. Good luck!
See a physician immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Dizziness or lethargy
- Hot flashes
- High fever (over 103 degrees) for over 2 days
- Difficulty breathing
- Excessive sweating