7 mistakes you make when you’re sick and the best solutions to the fever

You never know which viral or bacterial illness is doing the rounds. Most diseases are seasonal, but when the weather fluctuates every day, we are more prone to falling sick. From a viral fever to a common cold, we catch every disease we can when we go out every day–whether while we’re travelling in public transport or working in a fully-air conditioned office.

Yes, we do have better access to medical facilities to get cured as soon as possible. But we still make some mistakes which prolong our illness, and sometimes, actually make it worse. Here are a few of those mistakes that we need to stop making to get fit sooner.

 

  1. Pretending you’re not sick

It might not seem like a big deal if your nose is blocked and you have a headache. You might even feel like you can go around doing your chores without any hassles. But the fact of the matter is that you’ll only prolong your sickness, make it worse, and take a longer time to recover. Learn to recognise the early signs your body sends you. Stop, take stock of your condition, and get better sooner.

  1. Spreading your germs around

If you assume that you’re not sick enough and can mingle freely with everyone, you might actually do more harm to yourself and others. Viral and bacterial germs spread very fast, so take every precaution you can–don’t use the same tissues, pillows, utensils, etc that others in your family are. To stop the contagion, keep yourself clean and wash your hands often. It’s important that the disease doesn’t spread around, because it can easily catch on around your home or workplace, and boomerang back to you even after you get well.

Don’t pop pills without a doctor’s recommendation. Picture for representation purpose. Picture courtesy: Pexels

  1. Popping pills without a doctor’s consultation

Yes, we know medicines are easily available. But that does not mean you can just pop any pill close at hand without consulting a doctor. A viral infection does not call for antibiotics, but a bacterial one does–and this is a difference only a good doctor can tell. So don’t pop an antibiotic like Norflox the moment you have a loose motion. This impulsive behaviour can actually do more harm to your body than good.

  1. Neglecting nutritious food

Curing yourself from a disease, any disease, can take a toll on your health. Weakness and lethargy are part and parcel of this process. While medication and weakness can kill your appetite, you need to make sure that you get enough nutrition. Keep yourself hydrated, and rely on simple meals–chicken soup, khichdi, mashed potatoes, fresh fruit juices, and tea can help a lot. Your body needs the fuel to fight bacteria and viruses, so don’t deprive it of that.

  1. Smoking

It’s an addiction, and it might seem too difficult to let go at any given point of time. But lighting up that cigarette can make your health worse, especially if you have a respiratory or bowel infection. Smoking causes irritation in the body, which can damage your organs. When you’re sick, your organs are already under a lot of pressure. Don’t make it worse by smoking.

  1. Taking undue stress or anxiety

So you’re lying in bed, taking the bed rest your doctor has recommended, and all you can think about is the work piling up. That’s a really bad idea, because taking stress about the rest of your life will only make your health worse. Don’t pressurise your body to work hard when you’re sick. Focus on relaxing and getting your immunity back in shape. Once you’ve done that, you’ll recover faster, and get back to work with greater vigour.

  1. Ignoring time-tested home remedies

Our tendency of relying on medication to get better has in fact made us dependent of pills. But the fact is, home remedies for viral infections can work better than a lot of severe medication–especially if you have common cold or chest congestion. Ingredients like ginger, honey, lemon, and turmeric can help cure you better and faster. These will also help you boost your immunity, and make your recovery more permanent than medication can.

 

You have a cold, maybe an annoying cough. But what if you can’t call in sick and you have to be at work? These tips can help you make it through the day.

Drink. Sip water, juice, broth, and other clear liquids all day. Staying hydrated helps your immune system fight sickness. It can also help loosen mucus and replace fluids you lose from blowing your nose. Keep a healthy supply of drinks right at your desk.

But avoid coffee, caffeinated sodas, and energy drinks. When it’s quitting time, say “no” to hot toddies. Alcohol is dehydrating, too.

Eat ice chips. If your throat hurts, ice chips may help with soreness and pain. Bonus: They’ll also keep you hydrated.

Spray. Use a saline spray to help a stuffy nose. It helps congestion by loosening mucus and rinsing your sinuses.

Numb up. If a hacking cough is wearing you out, keep cough drops, throat spray, and over-the-counter cough suppressants at your desk. The first two can help numb and soothe a sore throat. A cough suppressant can keep that “need to cough” feeling away.

Relieve your pain. Over-the-counter acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen bring down a fever and help with aches.

Other over-the-counter cold remedies can be helpful, too. But you should know that while they can make you feel a bit better, they won’t shorten how long you’re sick. Some cold medicines have pain relievers in them, too, so you could accidentally take more than you need. Read labels first, and try not to use more than one medication at a time.

Avoid smoke.Smoking, secondhand smoke, and other not-so-fresh air can really bother your nose, throat, and lungs. Make it easier on yourself while you’re getting better.

Still sick? Call your doctor. If you’ve been sick for 7 days and you’re not getting better — or if you’re getting worse — it may be more than a cold. Your cold (usually caused by a virus) may have given way to a bacterial infection. Call your doctor to see if you need antibiotics to clear it up.

Be a loner. To avoid passing your germs to co-workers, avoid contact with others as best you can. Sneeze and cough into the crook of your elbow — not into your hands. Wash your hands often with soap and water, and avoid shaking hands.

Rest. After work, go home and get a good meal — try chicken soup. Then, get in bed! When you’re sick, your body needs rest and sleep. Give it what it needs to get better.

Vaporize. While you rest or sleep, run a clean humidifier or a cool-mist vaporizer in your room. It can ease stuffiness and help you breathe better.

 

 

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