Replace your usual cuppa with a herbal tea. Why? The dairy in that milky brew could make your cold- or flu-induced mucus feel thicker. Grim. We rate soothing Pukka Lemon, Ginger & Manuka Honey Herbal Tea Sachets†.
You can spread flu just by breathing. And with news of a 57% rise over the last nine years in organisations reporting their employees turning up for work when unwell, it’s time to think of others and stay under the duvet if you have flu!
Turns out 18-44 years olds reported the highest number of influenza-like illnesses in the UK in 2017/18, according to Flusurvey results (a joint venture between The London School Of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Public Health England). If that’s not a sign more of us need to have the flu vaccination, then what is? Struggling to get an appointment with your GP? Book an appointment with our Winter Flu Jab Service*’ go to boots.com/flujab.
Hot water is a natural humidifier, helping to open nasal passages, loosen dried mucus (lovely!) and clear airways. If flu has you burning up, and you’re feeling up to it, try a warm shower: it increases blood flow to the skin, which helps cool your core and can bring down your temperature.
Cold-causing microbes can survive for up to 24 hours outside the body. If you’re surrounded by snifflers, help stay protected by washing your hands regularly with Boots Aloe Vera Antibacterial Hand Soap.
Yes really! A nutrient-rich menu – including fruit, veg and wholegrains – can help comfort a cold. Sure, you might crave a ‘beige buffet’ of food, but unhealthy choices could promote inflammation, which’ll make you feel worse. Sorry!