Cold & flu season is wrecking havoc all over the country this year. So many people are being hospitalized, or at the least, stuck in bed with the sniffles, body aches, fevers, and all the other usual symptoms.
In our home, we have battled with sinus infections, ear infections, and the common cold. Nothing too major, but when it hits, everyone passes it around and we all feel like poop!
There are a few things we try to stay stocked up on as cold & flu season approaches, both for prevention and treatment. Everything can easily be grabbed at Walmart, so it’s easy to be ready!
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6 Things to Buy for Cold & Flu Season
1. Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil Severe – James and I always begin treating our symptoms at home with these two medications. Used together, they usually have us feeling better in a few days rather than a week or two. Available in liquid and caplets, the medicines fight a number of symptoms, including
- sore throat
- nasal congestion
- sinus pressure
- minor aches and pains
I especially like the maximum strength nighttime formula, which allows us to get some rest so our body can find the germs. James swears by the non-drowsy daytime formula, so he can stay productive at work even when he’s feeling the crud.
2. Tissues – While the medications are doing their job, you want plenty of these on hand. Since NyQuil now comes with a decongestant, you’ll like have lots of sniffles. Make sure you grab the kind with lotion, so your nose doesn’t get irritated and start looking similar to Rudolph’s!
3. Warm socks – When I am sick with a cold, my feet freeze. No matter how many layers of blankets I wrap myself in, they are still little ice blocks at the end of my legs. Grab the warmest socks you can find – thing soft, thick, and fuzzy – the latter just to get you in a better mood.
4. Chicken noodle soup – The best meal for the cold & flu. I tend to not have an appetite when sick, but I know I have to eat to help my body fight the illness. The soup allows me to fuel my body without having to chew and swallow food that could irritate my likely already sore throat.
5. New toothbrush – You’ll want a fresh and clean one once you’ve gotten all the junk out of your system. Make sure you already have it in your bathroom drawer so you don’t forget and use the germ-laden on you’ve been sticking into your sick mouth for days.
6. Hand sanitizer – Regular old soap and water is based to keep the germs at bay. However, it’s good to have a bottle of hand sanitizer on you at all times, for when a sink isn’t handy.