No one likes dealing with illness, but sometimes, you just have to. Fortunately, there are things you can do to make yourself feel better, and get over your sickness faster. Here are just a few of the best things family practice doctors recommend doing.
Quench a Sore Throat With Salt Water. - If your throat is bugging you, try adding half a teaspoon of salt to warm glass of water. The salt willd raw out the excess water in your throat’s tissues, which will help reduce the inflammation, while also clearing mucous and irritants from the back of the throat.
Get Rid of Pain the Way You Normally Would. - Feeling sore and achey? Get rid of the pain the same way you normally might — with an over the counter pain reliever. Children six months and younger should only get acetaminophen, while kids older than that can also have ibuprofen. However, be sure to ask your child’s doctor what the correct doage size is for their age and their weight. In addition to those two pain relievers, adults can also take aspirin.
Ease Sinus Pain by Flushing Your Nose Out. - If your sinuses are killing you, then you should consider using a saline spray or rinse to clear out the mucus and bacteria in your sinuses, which will help reduce pressure. Additionally, it’s also a good idea to take a decongestant that has pseudoephedrine, like Sudafed, which will shrink painful inflammation in no time. As for the headache that often accompanies sinus pain, you should use ibuprofen. Do not, however, rely on antibiotics or steroid nasal sprays, because those work just as well as anything else, if not less.
If you know of any other ways to get over an illness faster, feel free to share in the comments.