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Myth: Drink plenty of fluids

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Flu or Common Cold? 

JB wites: "I am really feeling sick and my temp is 100o even with two ibuprofen. Can you call in a script for Z pack and some cough medicine with codeine?"

On Jan 16, 2011, at 7:39 AM

Response:

It's only because I care that I won't treat you without a proper examination by a qualified health care practitioner any more than I do my wife or grandkids (unless I have to).  

Regardless, think of having fever as a benefit. Drink plenty of fluids* (esp. Chicken Soup).  For adults, Motrin 600 mg followed by taking a warm to hot bath (as tolerated).  Spend as much time as possible, reclining with your feet up and change positions with care (for dizziness).  I find OJ, VIt C, Echinacea*, Mucinex* or if congested, Mucinex D**, and getting a room humidifier helpful, as well.

See also: When to contact your doctor about flu symptoms

"Many people believe that the source of this myth was a 1945 Food and Nutrition Board recommendation that said people need about 2.5 liters of water a day. But they ignored the sentence that followed closely behind. It read, 'Most of this quantity is contained in prepared foods.'” 

Carroll AE. [pediatrician]"No, You Do Not Have to Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day." NY Times Aug. 24, 2015

** Not an endorsement

Thank you so much. I saw Dr. D. S__________- He is a very nice young man. I was cultured and it is Influenza B and got an inhaler for my choking (and scary) cough - It's all ready helping and I slept a lot (probably because I could). Thank you again for all your help. You are one terrific guy.

 And so, you did not need an antibiotic or tons of fluids, after all.