Residence cures for the flu

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As we head into the fall and winter months, the flu and COVID-19 are spreading rapidly across campus. The best thing you can do to prevent getting infected with the flu is to get vaccinated against the flu as soon as possible. At TAMU, Student Health Services offers free flu vaccines for students. If you’re feeling under the weather, stay home and try some home remedies to ease your symptoms and get you back on your feet in no time!

Gargling with salt water can help relieve a sore throat by reducing inflammation and drawing fluids from your throat. Add about a tablespoon of salt to a cup of warm water. Repeating this process once or twice a day will get rid of your sore throat as quickly as possible.

Another remedy for a sore throat is to eat a spoonful of honey every day. Honey contains antibacterial properties that help reduce inflammation in the throat while relieving pain.

If you have a persistent dry cough and sore throat, clove can work as a good cough suppressant. Holding a clove in your mouth will release its oils and reduce inflammation in your throat. You can also try chewing the clove for a stronger effect.

Finally, an easy way to keep your airways clear is to add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to hot water and inhale the steam. For a more intense effect, drape a towel over your head and the hot water to ensure most of the steam gets through your airways.

In addition to trying these remedies, be sure to get plenty of rest, drink plenty of water, and take vitamins to keep your immune system strong.

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