If and when you come down with the flu, it will be too late to go out and get medicines for treatment. One of the big differences between the flu and a cold is that the flu comes on very fast. Once you begin to notice that you are getting sick (weakness, aches, onset of fever), it will only be a matter of hours before you are in full blown flu. The flu tends to hit really hard. A typical common cold will give you a much milder ache and perhaps a low grade fever, and it will come on slowly. Once you get the flu for real, you will definitely know the difference. It usually knocks you down pretty quick.
Point being, you need to examine your flu remedies before you get it. Additionally, for you preppers, checking your medicine storage from time to time is good practice, particularly since some of these will expire over time.
Having said that, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure… During flu season pay particular attention to what you touch out in public. Flu germs will sit there alive for many hours on door knobs, shopping cart handles, computer keyboards, telephones, remote controls, etc. The second you unknowingly touch your hands to your face (eyes, nose, mouth) you will infect yourself. Wash your hands often. Keep hand disinfectant in your car for when you leave a public place. Stay away from people who are obviously sick (if they cough and you breath the air nearby, you will become infected).
A few suggestions of cold and flu remedies and supplies
- Easy foods like canned soup
- Drinks for dehydration (Pedialyte or similar)
- Ibuprofen (Advil)
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- Acetaminophen – Aspirin (Excedrin)
- Acetaminophen – Decongestant – Cough Suppressant (DayQuil, NyQuil)
- Theraflu (over the conter)
- Tamiflu (prescription)
- Decongestant (Sudafed)
- Cough Suppressant (Robitussin)
- Sore throat lozenges
- Vitamins (at least Vitamin C and a Multi-Vitamin)
As you notice, the items listed above are pharmaceuticals.
Suggestions for natural remedies? Please comment for the benefit of others…