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What Can You Take To Help The Flu
Gastroenteritis.: Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip often to prevent dehydration. Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy ; high fat foods. Rest. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Hydration: A viral infection of the stomach and intestines needs to run its course. The most important thing to do is to keep oneself hydrated by drinking frequent sips of clear liquids. Chicken broth, electrolyte containing sport drinks, flat ginger ale all help with hydration. Watch your urine output -- three times per day is the minimum. ...Read more
See a doctor: HIV is not untreatable as it used to be once. If you have a true diagnosis of HIV, you must see a physician. There are very good and effective medications to keep the virus level suppressed. People who are good with their medications can live for years, but they need to be on these drugs for the rest of their lives until we come up with treatments that get rid of the virus from body altogether. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Time & Comfort: Comfortable - anything that makes you comfortable. It takes about 2 weeks to go away no matter what you seem to do. However check with your pharmacy for a few items that may make you more comfortable - remember that they generally do not shorten the 2 week time. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Options: Nsaid’s, ssri’s, hormone meds, otc meds containing diuretics, warm bath, heating pad, exercise & acupuncture are excellent for pms / period. Avoid caffeine, chocolate, alcohol & salt. Get gyn eval to r/o underlying pathology. Consider omega- 3 fatty acids, magnesium (supplementation or through diet) or black cohosh with dr ok. Sipping chamomile & green tea can dissipate pain. Ginger helps w nausea. ...Read more
Over the counter med: There is not a remedy for the flu, but you can take medication that helps reduce the symptoms- fever- tylenol, (acetaminophen) aches motrin, cough robitussin, combo nyquil. Just don't take multiple medications and if you have questions ask the in store pharmacists. Soups and teas work great too. ...Read more
Cardio Mix: You cannot target the abdomen specifically for weight loss - if you have adipose tissue that you'd like to lose, then consider an increase in cardio and a balanced diet. However, do not always do the same exercise or you will increase your risks for stress injuries. Mix things up with walking, running, biking, swimming, or circuit training. Ultimately you need to burn more than you consume. ...Read more
Could you tell me what's the best way to get rid of a cough when you can't take any over-the-counter medications?
Depends....: Cough treatment depends on the etiology of the cough. It could be due to bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip, bronchitis, etc. All these diagnoses have completely different treatments so you should see your doc for eval for any cough lasting more than a week or 2. If it is due to a virus, it should run its course within that time. There are many effective prescription treatments. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Incomplete info: You did not provide any indication of your illness. It would be better to discuss it with your doctor who knows about health and related issues. ...Read more
Recommended 2: The current recommendation for varicella vaccine is an initial vaccine at age 1 and then a booster, usually given at ages 4-6, but can be given as soon as a month after the first one. However, if you get extra doses, it is not going to do you harm - it will just boost your immunity. Often the military gives you many of these shots at boot camp regardless of whether you've had them before -no harm! ...Read more
To avoid stomach: Flu: Wash your hands before touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Wash w/ warm water & soap for 20 seconds. Hand-sanitizer doesn't kill Norovirus. Use paper towel to turn off faucet & open door when exiting a public restroom. Antiseptic wipes can be used on doorknobs, keyboards & other surfaces if diluted bleach is not available. Wash dishes in dishwasher (vice hand-washing). Clean clothes. ...Read more
Go to future: You need to see a physician as you are not thinking soundly. ...Read more
No: And if you are having suicidal ideation or thinking of hurting yourself you should get help immediately ...Read more
Various: High dose probiotics to rebuild normal gut bacteria which keep you healthy, high dose vitamin d to rev up immune system (50, 000 iu vit d3 daily for 3 days), olive leaf extract to rev up immune system, and chicken soup for comfort (it really does help treat it as well!). Once better make sure you maintain your daily probiotic and vit d at least 5000iu daily to maintain a blood level around 75. ...Read more
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