I’ve pretty much dropped off the face of the social media earth this week due to a very nasty case of viral gastroenteritis aka the dreaded stomach flu. It seems that it’s that time of year again and for all my hardiness i’ve been hit, big time. It’s been a rough week that’s for sure but things seem to be on the mend now so I thought i’d pop by and share a few tips i’ve picked up for those of you who have also been taken down with fluey nastiness!
When this beast of an infection kicks in you’re pretty much stuffed, sorry! So it’s useful to have a few things in the cupboards just in case you get caught and can’t get out to buy them:
– Root Ginger
– Peppermint tea
– Crackers, Pretzels and Bread
Tips to Help Ease the Misery
Clean your toilet! Nothings going to make you feel even worse than lifting the lid on your loo and seeing (up close) that it hasn’t been cleaned for a few days…just trust me on this one, clean your toilet.
You’ve probably got a temperature by now too. Remember that peppermint tea we brought earlier? Now’s the time to use it. Get a flannel or a small tea towel and soak it in water with a peppermint teabag or two for about 15 minutes. Ring most of the water out and pop it in the freezer until it’s cold – then you can use it as a head cloth to help cool your temperature down. You could skip the peppermint tea part, but doing this bit will help calm any nausea you’re feeling at the same time.
Drink plenty of fluids. This one isn’t so easy when the flu first gets you, but you need to try. It’s very important to fight the dehydration because this can make you even more poorly. The aching you’re feeling is a side effect of being dehydrated, so try to drink as much water as you can, even when you start to feel a little better.
Ginger tea. This works wonders for me and i always keep some in the cupboard, but in this case i strongly recommend making it yourself for maximum benefit. Very thinly slice some peeled root ginger and bruise it a little with a rolling pin to break the fibres. Then simply pop it in a mug and pour over boiling water. Leaving the ginger in there to infuse while the water cools will make for a great nausea-fighting cup.
Stay calm and rest. If you’re like me and get a little panicked when you feel like you’re going to be sick, taking long deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth will really help calm you down. It seems like a silly thing to mention but when we get ourselves worked up we do often forget to breath! Sleep as much as you can too, take it wherever you can get it. You’re body needs to regenerate so if you feel tired, then sleep.
Try to stop worrying. This was my biggest problem, I was so worried about the office and other things i wasn’t getting done that i would work myself up into tears. It’s not your fault you’re poorly, it happens. Take time to rest and get yourself better because you’re no use to anyone with the flu!
When You’re Feeling Better
It’s good to stick to a very bland diet for about a week after having a nasty stomach flu to avoid setting off your symptoms again – avoid spicy or fatty foods and certainly alcohol. There is advice out there that suggests staying dairy free as much as possible during this week to prevent relapses and to try and get your digestive system back on track – personally i think this is a good idea. Starchy foods are brilliant as they help absorb any excess stomach acid that might be floating around (totally learnt that from the Big Bang Theory!) so eating dry toast, plain rice, mashed potatoes, crackers and pretzels is a really good idea.
Don’t rush yourself. A lot of the time with gastroenteritis you can still be contagious up to 48 hours after your symptoms have stopped so take it easy and give yourself time to fully recover. I’d probably avoid too much physical contact with loved ones too for a few days, you wouldn’t wish stomach flu on your worst enemy let alone the people you care for!
IMPORTANT: If you’ve been suffering from vomiting or diarrhoea for more than 48 hours or if you have a temperature over 103F you MUST phone your doctor or your local emergency health service.
Hopefully these tips have or will help some of you out if you get snapped up by the dreaded stomach flu in these chilly autumn winter months. If you have any other home remedies or tips be sure to let me know on twitter @xameliax!
I should be back up and blogging in the next few days with some beauty reviews, nail art and of course my November sponsors – thanks for being so patient and wrap up warm everyone!