Surviving Cold and Flu Season at Uni – Part 2

Now, despite following all the advice from my previous post about how to best avoid getting ill throughout flu season, somehow it still managed to get through- I blame that one guy in the lecture who didn’t stop coughing the whole time.

Here’s a few tips to make being ill and away from home comforts that little bit easier.

1- Stock up on Pain Killers.

Trust me on this one- there is nothing worse than being ill and having to get out of bed to go and buy painkillers and other supplements because you don’t have any in your room. It’s a good idea to keep a ready supply of both paracetamol and ibuprofen stocked up in case of any kind of illness or injury, but remember, most shops will only let you buy either two or three packs at a time, so don’t try to bulk buy all at once. There’s also no need to spend loads of money of them- I find that although the named brands may look prettier- they are not worth the £3-£5 you can spend on about 8 tablets. I prefer the non-branded store own pills that are so much cheaper and do exactly the same job, but also leave money left over for some other treats!

Lastly on pain killers, make sure you don’t just buy the variety that contain caffeine. There is nothing worse than not being able to sleep when you’re ill because your pain killers also contain caffeine.

2- Know your Dosages.

Always read the instructions on the back of any medicine containing supplement, including lozenges and drinks, as the last thing you want to do is to take too much or too little. But as a general rule- yes, you should be able to take paracetamol and ibuprofen together, and this will help fight off any illness quicker- but always check the packaging first

3- Drink Plenty

… of water and other healthy fluids to help flush the illness out of your system- effervescent vitamins are great in this situation. Warm drinks (such as honey and lemon or hot squash) will also help to unblock sinuses and soothe sore throats.

4- Fresh Air

Although leaving the confines of you cozy bed might be the last thing you want to do, getting out in the fresh air will help you to feel better sooner, and it gives you the opportunity to stock up on any essentials you might have run out of, such as ice cream. Make sure you wrap up warm!

That’s all for now, I hope if you’re I’ll you feel better soon, and if you’re not, then lucky you! Disclaimer- I am not a doctor! If you feel really unwell or have any questions regarding health, speak to a professional.