Are you wondering how to stop influenza in your home? Our community here in Northern Utah seems to have been hit hard by the bug. Has your city been hit hard this year? Some people have ended up with bronchitis, lung infections, and pneumonia. With flu season hitting neighborhoods across the country right now I thought it would be a good idea to update this post from a few years ago.
Yesterday, I headed to the local InstaCare because I couldn’t kick this cough I had. Well, they tested me for Covid, RSV, and Influenza. I actually thought I had pneumonia, but the chest x-rays were clear, thank goodness.
I basically have a cold. The doctor told me to go home and drink tea with honey and lemon. Yep, that’s what I had been doing! With the holidays coming I wanted to “kick” this so I didn’t have to worry about passing it on, and so I could feel better physically when all the festivities were going on. On the way home, I stopped and picked up some Nyquil daytime and nighttime OTC meds. I just need to sleep and stop coughing.
Matt, one of my loyal readers, had warned me the pharmacies were low on OTC medications. He was so right. The pharmacies are limiting how many you can buy. The limit was TWO today. I get it, and I’m thankful I was able to get that many. I did order some online, Vicks NyQuil
Well, let’s talk about ways to help stop the germs from spreading throughout your home. Please keep in mind, I am not a doctor, nurse, or a person in the medical field. I’m a mom and a grandma. I want to start with the symptoms of Influenza versus a cold.
Let’s compare the difference between the two as I have researched them. Please check with your medical doctor if you have any concerns. When in doubt, call your doctor, or if you think it is serious, go to the emergency room if you are concerned with an illness in your family.
How To Stop Influenza In Your Home
Here are the symptoms listed below.
Influenza is fast and abrupt when it hits you.
- A sore throat
- May have a fever
- A headache
- Extreme exhaustion or fatigue
- May have body aches
- Sneezing, sometimes
- Stuffy nose, sometimes
- Children may vomit or have diarrhea
- Chest hurts, cough is common
Gradual onset, you start to feel like you are coming down with something.
- Fever is rare
- Scratchy throat
- Aches very slight
- Chills not common
- Sneezing is common
- Stuffy nose is common
- A headache is rare
- Chest hurts, cough is mild to moderate
I hope this gives you an idea of the possible differences between the two illnesses. The complications would be sinus infections, earaches, bronchitis, pneumonia, and lung infections, to name a few.
Stop Influenza Tips:
- Wash your hands often.
- Cover your mouth when coughing, preferably on your shoulder if a tissue is not available, and throw it in the trash can.
- Use Clorox wipes on cell phones, home phones, light switches, TV remotes, and all other electronics where applicable.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, doing so this will spread the germs big time.
- Keep your house clean.
- Scrub countertops with applicable cleaners every day during flu season (I use Clorox wipes).
- Wash your hands, yes I already mentioned this one, it’s critical.
- Keep your bathrooms clean, don’t forget to use a cleaner on the flush handle Clean Bathrooms by Linda
- Empty waste paper/trash cans daily.
- I use doTerra Breathe to keep my sinuses in check.
- Stay hydrated with water, Gatorade, or other electrolyte drinks. I’d try to get the clear colors of the drinks rather than those with deep reds or blues.
- Stock your favorite over the counter drugs so you don’t have to go to the stores when you REALLY need them.
- Keep chicken stock on hand to make soups.
- Hold off on cow milk products, they may increase mucous (keep breastfeeding your baby).
- Eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Keep your immune system strong, we are we eat, that statement is so true.
- Put humidity in the air with a humidifier, whether warm or cool.
- Keep kids hydrated, the toddlers don’t always know they need water (watch for chapped or shiny lips).
- Change your bed sheets at least weekly, or more often, to stop the germs from spreading.
- Change pillowcases often because germs are hiding in them.
- Replace toothbrushes often or soak them in an antibacterial mouthwash or hydrogen peroxide overnight.
- Using mattress pads and pillow covers will also cut down on bacteria and virus germs from spreading.
- Rosa, another reader, mentioned using oregano essential oil. You’d use it with a carrier, such as coconut oil, and apply topically, diffuse, take 1-2 diluted drops or gargle diluted for sore throats.
- Linda S. mentioned keeping a supply of popsicles in the freezer helps keep kids & toddlers hydrated. You can’t make them drink, but I’ve yet to see a child turn down a treat!
- Viv reminded me of the dirty grocery carts and door knobs. Wipe down the door knobs with Clorox wipes.
- Carol mentioned using elderberry syrup or tablets Sambucol and spraying counters and every handle in the house with hydrogen peroxide.
- Kim mentioned to not forget to keep in mind the gas pump handles! I always grab a paper towel from the window cleaning station and use it to push the buttons on the pump and fuel button too, then use it to hold the gas pump handle before and after filling up. Then use hand sanitizer as soon as I get back into the car. Thanks for helping all of us remember vigilance is the key.
- Kandyce gives her family Vitamin D to help cut the time they are sick. We all know Vitamin D3 is the best, thanks Cheryl!
- Ray reminded me about Zinc, I take it everyday. It’s my understanding it helps with boosting our immunity. Zinc
My Sister’s Garlic Soup
- 1- quart chicken stock
- 1-10.5 ounce can mild Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies
- 5-6 chopped garlic cloves (you can store fresh garlic cloves in the freezer peeled and ready to use)
- 1- chopped onion
- 2- chopped carrots
- 1-2 cooked chicken breasts (optional or two cans of canned chicken)
- Add leftover cooked rice or pasta
Bring to boil and simmer until the vegetables are ready to eat.
Several years ago, Mark and I lived in a neighborhood where one particular family seemed to “catch” every bug going around. Well, bossyboots here finally said after cleaning her house with other women almost monthly that she needs to clean her house to cut down on germs.
Her kids were old enough to learn to help keep the house clean.
They could easily stop influenza if they would just clean their house. They had strep throat all the time. I get it, my girls were sick every once in a while, but I was a clean freak, I own it.
The best way to stop influenza and other contagious diseases is to prevent the germs from spreading. Do whatever you can to stop influenza in your home by cleaning, washing hands, and staying out of the public as much as possible.
If you really want to stop influenza, stay home if you are sick and keep your sick kids home from daycare centers, preschools, and public schools.
Please let me know how you try to stop influenza in your family. What natural remedies do you prefer?
I would love to hear from you. Keep stocking up on water and cans of food. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. May God Bless this world, Linda
Influenza: AdobeStock_125574879 by Tashatuvango
Coughing: AdobeStock_68907091 by Johan Larson
Garlic Soup: AdobeStock_40354814 by Galina Mikhadishina
Mask and Sanitizer: AdobeStock_330144116 by julia sudnitskaya