Don't wait until your temperature is 102 to realize that you're out of ibuprofen or it's expired. Stash away these essentials now, in an emergency flu kit.
You will need
- Ibuprofen or acetaminophen
- Cough suppressant
- Hand sanitizer
- Face mask
Step 1 Have a thermometer Put a thermometer into your emergency flu kit. One sign that you have the flu is a high fever.
Step 2 Sock away some ibuprofen Sock away some ibuprofen or acetaminophen to lower your temperature and relieve muscle aches.
Aspirin is not the first choice for fever reduction: it may be toxic in large doses in adults and may cause Reye’s syndrome — a rare but serious condition — in children and teenagers.
Step 3 Tuck in a decongestant Tuck a decongestant into your emergency flu kit to treat nasal blockage.
Step 4 Include a cough suppressant Include a cough suppressant to take at night if needed. Avoid taking it during the day, when it’s better to expel any phlegm.
Be careful when mixing over-the-counter medications; several may have an ingredient in common, which can lead to an inadvertent overdose.
Step 5 Stock up on tissues Stock up on tissues and hand sanitizer. Consider keeping a face mask in your emergency flu kit to help prevent spreading the flu to housemates with weakened immune systems — the very young, the very old, and anyone with a chronic illness.
Step 6 Store liquids Store sports drinks to avoid dehydration. If you prefer bottled water to tap, have extra set aside. And put away some packaged soups and herbal tea; hot liquids can be soothing and you probably won’t feel like cooking. Finally, stash some comedy DVDs — because laughter really can be the best medicine.
Did You Know:
There’s no such thing as the “stomach flu.” Gastrointestinal distress is usually caused by eating or drinking something contaminated.