Treatment may include:
Antiviral medicines include:
Oseltamivir (and perhaps zanamivir) may increase the risk of self-injury and confusion shortly after taking, especially in children. Children should be closely monitored for signs of unusual behavior.
These medications do not cure the flu. They may help relieve symptoms and decrease the duration of the illness. They must be taken within 48 hours of the first symptoms.
It is important to get plenty of rest when your body is fighting the flu.
Drink a lot of liquids. This can include water, juice, and non-caffeinated tea.
These medications are used to control fever and treat aches and pains. Adults can use:
Decongestants are available as pills or nasal sprays. If you use a nasal spray, don't use it longer than 3-5 days. You may experience an increase in congestion when you stop using the spray. This is called rebound.
A study found that nasal wash may reduce symptoms, medication use, and school absence. * 4
If you are diagnosed with the flu, follow your doctor's instructions .
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