As the seasons change and we look for cooler weather, it’s essential to arm ourselves against the flu and its unwelcome companions.
The key to navigating this season with confidence lies in fortifying our immune system, ensuring optimal sinus care and knowing when to seek expert medical advice.
Brian McManus, MD, ear, nose and throat physician with Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group on the Northshore, shares his top tips about flu.
Strengthen Your Immunity
Your immune system is your body’s natural defense against viruses, including the flu. To bolster it, focus on the basics: stay well-hydrated, maintain a balanced diet rich in nutrients, get plenty of sleep, and limit your intake of alcohol and caffeinated beverages. A strong immune system is your best shield against the flu virus and other illnesses.
Practice Good Hygiene
Simple practices like frequent handwashing and avoiding close contact with sick individuals can significantly reduce your risk of catching the flu. These basic hygiene measures are often underestimated but are incredibly effective in preventing the spread of the virus.
Prioritize Sinus Care
During flu season, maintaining clear sinuses is crucial. Use saline or xylitol-based nasal rinses daily, especially after spending time outdoors or in environments filled with potential pathogens or allergens.
Clear nasal passages not only aid in breathing but also serve as an additional barrier against flu viruses.
Establish a Relationship with Your Primary Care Provider
Having a provider who knows your medical history and medications is invaluable.
In case of acute issues or worrying symptoms, consulting your primary care provider provides personalized advice and ensures you receive the most appropriate care. Over-the-counter medications and time can handle many flu symptoms, but the guidance of a medical professional can make a significant difference.
Arm yourself with knowledge and practice these simple and effective tips to navigate flu season confidently. Your health is your most valuable asset. Stay proactive, stay informed and stay healthy!