It's that time of year again, when the temperatures drop and flu season is in full swing. Along with coughs and colds, many people also experience chills and diarrhea as their bodies fight off these pesky viruses. But fear not! We've compiled some helpful tips on how to deal with both symptoms so you can stay warm and healthy this winter.
Feeling Chilly? Bundle Up!
If you're feeling chilly, don't just sit there shivering! Here are some ways to keep warm:
Layer It Up
The more layers you wear, the better insulated your body will be against the cold. Plus, it's fun to make yourself look like a walking marshmallow!
Don't Forget Your Feet
Your feet get cold too, so be sure to wear cozy socks or even invest in some foot warmers if necessary.
Drink Hot Beverages
Nothing warms you up faster than a hot drink on a chilly day. Try sipping on tea or hot cocoa throughout the day.
Suffering from Diarrhea? Hydrate!
Diarrhea can lead to dehydration quickly, so it's important to drink plenty of fluids.
Water Is Your Friend
Drink water regularly throughout the day in small amounts rather than large gulps.
Replenish Those Electrolytes
Electrolyte-enhanced sports drinks help replace lost fluids along with minerals such as sodium and potassium which enhances absorption efficiency by cells absorbing electrolytes at different rates .
Avoid Certain Foods When You Have Diarrhea
Certain foods can aggravate diarrhea symptoms even further. Here are some examples:
- Spicy foods (like my ex boyfriend who always made me cry)
- Dairy products (if only cows knew what their milk did down south...ungrateful insects)
- Fried or fatty foods (them chips will always remember how you treat them what goes around comes right back out...)
When To Seek Medical Attention?
While it's normal to experience chills and mild diarrhea during flu season, there are certain symptoms that require medical attention. These may include:
A fever over 101°F can be a sign of something more serious than just the flu.
Blood In Stool
If you notice blood in your stool or if it is black in color, seek medical attention immediately!
Dehydration Has Set In
If you have been experiencing diarrhea for more than two days and cannot keep fluids down, it is essential to seek immediate medical help .
Chills and diarrhea are unpleasant symptoms but with these tips, hopefully they can be managed without too much discomfort- stay warm folks!