Learn about recovering from the flu in this video from Dr. Christina Johns.
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Dr.Christina Johns: I'm Dr. Christina Johns and today we are talking about how to survive the flu, so what do we do to try to make ourselves feel better when we have the flu? Well let's start off by saying what we are not going to do and that is take antibiotic. We talked earlier the flu's are viruses so that means that antibiotics will work, because antibiotics only work against bacterial infection. So what should we do to try to get up through those horrible symptoms? Well a couple of things are really important, first of all drinking lots and lots of fluid, in any ways shape perform if you like Gatorade if you like tea, if you like ice water all of that is terrific its important to replenish your fluid because when you get a fever your body fluid loses actually increase. So that's a critical element you got stay hydrated, in this same way our air ways get really dried out too, and that's when you get that stuffed up feel bad type of nose, well that's were the humidifier comes in, increasing the humidity in the air will help suit some of the inflammation, in your nose in, and in the air ways down towards your lungs, so that's a really important way to feel better. You know a question I got to ask to lot is, shall I use cough and cold medicines, well that's a tricky one and hears what I will say to that, if you think of that a particular cough or cold medicine makes you feel better than okay go ahead and use it. Is there any medical evidence that any over the kind of cough and cold medicines work? there is not, so I am going to leave that one up to you, for what I really say is the few American Academy of Pediatrics has come out with a reason policy statement that for young children cough and cold medicines not only have never been shown to work but also have been shown to potentially have some very harmful system excited beds, so I am going to say what's hold upon this, one another things that I do recommend to my patient is to talk to their physician about getting the flu shot it can prevent many types of the flu, not all, but many and if never too late in the season to get one. I know its no fun to have the flu but hopefully some other strategies that we've talked about today can help you survive the flu. I hope you feel better and get well soon.