As flu season approaches, the odds are rising that you may be spending more time than usual in the bathroom.
If you are armed with the knowledge of what to do, nausea and vomiting will make a quick exit and you can get back to normal sooner rather than later.
There are several things you can try, and they are listed here. Use what works for you.
Ginger. The oldest and most reliable of nausea remedies, you can use any form of ginger.
If you have crystallized ginger in your kitchen, nibble on a piece of this.
Eat as many gingersnap cookies as you can.
If you have raw ginger, sip a cup of ginger tea. Grate the white part of the ginger root until you have a teaspoon. Put this in a mug of boiling water and let it steep for 10 minutes or so.
Cola or ginger ale:
Let a bottle of cola go flat by opening it and shaking it from time to time. When the fizz is gone, sip the cola at room temperature.
You can also sip flat ginger ale or 7-Up.
Sip an Oral Rehydration Solution. This can be made by mixing 3 tablespoons of white sugar with 1 teaspoon of salt and adding 1 liter of water. Most people are able to keep this down, and it replaces the necessary electrolytes that you lose with fever, diarrhea or fever.
Make an anti-nausea syrup by heating 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/4 cup water on medium heat. Stir constantly until the mixture clears, then take 2 Tablespoons as needed.
Peppermint tea soothes the inner lining of your stomach. It's a good idea to have some bags of peppermint tea in your cupboard in case it's needed.
Try acupressure. Place your thumb on the inside of the opposite forearm, about 4 inches up from your wrist. Press firmly for about a minute, then move your thumb closer to your wrist and press for another minute. Then do the same thing with the other forearm.
Begin the Clear Liquid Diet, starting with popsicles, ginger ale, tea, bouillon, water, Jello-O or fruit juice.
Nausea is miserable, but can be controlled and stopped with these remedies. Not every one will work for you, but keep trying until you're successful.
Don't forget to drink your Oral Rehydration Solution, since you are losing precious minerals and electrolytes when you are nauseated or have a fever.
If you have a fever of 104 or 105, please seek medical assistance immediately as this is a serious danger zone.
Please never give aspirin to someone under the age of 19, as this could lead to bad complications.
For more flu guidance, please take a look at the new book How To Wage War Against A Flu Pandemic.