While Americans like to think chicken soup can treat any ailment, sometimes you need a little more than this time-honored remedy. Read on for some tips to prevent and manage symptoms of the flu, common cold, and seasonal allergies.
Cold/Flu: Prevention is the Best Medicine
- Don’t Forget Your Flu Shot! Flu shots are available at UHS by appointment.
- Get enough sleep, exercise, water, and nutrients.
- Wash hands regularly and avoid touching your face.
- Do you really know how to wash your hands correctly? Make sure to scrub for 20 SECONDS and lather the back of your hands, between fingers, and nails.
Austin is one of the worst cities in the U.S. for seasonal allergies. Manage your allergies by reducing exposure to your triggers, such as pollens, dust, cigarette smoke, air pollutants, and animal dander. Check out this Web MD App that shows daily allergy levels.
Experiencing Symptoms? Identify the Culprit: Cold, Flu, or Allergies
First things first. You need to identify which condition you have in order to best treat it. Check out this comparison chart prepared by UHS to help you match your symptoms to either a cold, the flu, or allergies.
Take advantage of the Nurse Advice Line | 512-475-6877
The UHS Nurse Advice Line is staffed 24 hours a day/7 days a week and is completely free. They can help you decide if you need professional medical attention, or help you treat your symptoms at home.