Being sick isn’t an enjoyable experience. It often means calling in to work and missing out on fun things you would rather spend your time doing. Unfortunately, getting sick isn’t uncommon, especially during cold and flu season.
You may not be able to stop every illness from striking, but there are things you can do to get over it faster so you can get back to your normal, everyday life more quickly.
Catch Symptoms Early
One of the best ways to get a handle on your illness as fast as possible is to catch symptoms early. Not only will it help prevent you from spreading the illness to others, if you do some of the other things on this list as soon as the first symptom strikes, you can expect to get over your illness much quicker.
Recognizing symptoms early is especially important in the age of COVID-19. Symptoms associated with this illness include, but aren’t limited to:
- Shortness of breath
Additional cold and flu signs to be on the lookout for include a stuffy or runny nose, a sore throat, or a headache.
Visit the Doctor, If Necessary
One of the best ways to know what you’re dealing with is to visit the doctor. In some cases, they can prescribe you medications that will help you get over your illness. That’s especially the case if you have a bacterial infection, like strep throat.
However, that doesn’t mean every sign of an illness means you should drop everything and head to your doctor’s office. It is important to think through your symptoms and decide if you should self-treat or go to the doctor. Viral illnesses, like the cold and flu, can’t be treated with prescription medications, so you’re often better off spending your time resting at home.
There are times when symptoms become severe enough that you should see a medical professional, even if you have the cold or flu. If you are unsure of whether or not you should visit the doctor, try calling a nurse. Based on your symptoms, they can tell you what steps to take next.