Tis the season! That is of course for tissues! Seriously, why is it that the moment it become hot, cold, hot outside everyone begins to sniffle inside. Do our immune systems just forget to work? Okay, okay I know that this is not a logical statement. However, this past weekend I have been in illness recovery mode.
I was fortunate, okay not really, to somewhere pick up strep throat! As a child this, and/or tonsillitis, were something I caught at least once, if not twice, a year. All I ever wanted was to parents to say, “okay how about we take those tonsils out!” Of course, they understood the one simple truth others are now realizing, “a tonsillectomy only works for so long.” My dad argued that fact for years. My mom stated that as I grew older I would have less and less causes of strep/tonsillitis. Turns out they were both right. As an adult I come down with strep about once every two to four years, depending on my surroundings and immune system at the time.
This time I have no idea where I picked up strep, okay most times I do not know where I picked it up. It is not as though I walk around like Phoebe from friends licking other people’s coffee mugs in hopes that I will get back my “sexy voice!” I am however assuming that recovering from a bladder infection weakened my immune system, thus increasing the likelihood of the strep bacteria taking root. On a side note, isn’t this such a fun post so far?
Regardless of where I picked up this particular bug, it came on quickly. Which, in case you are a lucky person who rarely has dealt with strep, is actually one of the signs that it is indeed strep. Now we can all agree that there is no such thing as a good time to become sick. This week has been no exception. We have important documents needing a notary signature at work, I am the only notary; and the lil’ pumpkin Isabella should grace us with her birth literally any day now! Immediately I visited a health care professional to verify if I had strep. Yes, I am aware of websites advocating against this very thing. We use too many drugs in our society, both prescribed and not prescribed. That I do not disagree with at all; but I do disagree with advocating against modern medicine when it is needed. Guess what, in most instances an antibiotic is the only way to clear up strep. That is not to say I probably have not had it go away on its own once our twice before; however when your sister is due to go into labor any day now the responsible thing to do is to keep her and the baby from catching this illness. Seriously, who would want to enter this world with strep, you would think, “okay, put me back in the womb. It is safe and warm there, and I never had this horrible pain in my throat!”
Once my health care professional did indeed verify what I had already known, it was strep, the only thing left for me was to wait for the antibiotics to begin to work. Thus bringing me to the meat of this post, ways to ease strep throat. These methods can obviously extend to a cold or any other respiratory infection. After almost 29 years of living, yes that is right one more before the big 3-0, I feel confident is sharing my methods to help ease a strep throat. Most of these are common sense, yet as a child so many of these I would fight. So, whether you are a parent nursing their sick child, or an adult simply home sick looking up Strep Throat Remedies, I present to you 5 Obvious and Overlooked Strep Throat (Or other respiratory infection) Remedies.
Warm Foods and Drinks
This is obviously is a no brainer, but surprisingly one I have ignored as both a child and an adult. Seriously though, warm foods such as soup or hot cereal will do wonders for someone struggling to swallow. Which, did you know is also a good indicator of strep throat? Oh you did? Well I actually just learned that this time around, because I am one of those foolish people who think WebMD makes me a doctor. Seriously people, WebMD does not make us doctors, we need to stop thinking this way!
Anyway, warm food and drink; encourage it for your children, or suck it up and have it if your sick. Thankfully I made Chicken Noodle Soup earlier in the week (yes I plan to share). Which has been a life saver this week! I have had a bowl almost every single day! Now I will admit I have failed at the hot drinks, but hey I am only human.
Warm Detox Baths
Maybe a detox bath is hocus pocus, but it still is soothing. There are several recipes for Detox Baths on both Pinterest (see we always come back to it), and the internet. I chose to follow DIY Guinea Pig but add in an essential oil. Throw in a good book, like Game of Thrones (yeah I am obsessed), and relax for forty mins.
Oh no cough, I do not care. Oh you do not like cough drops? Too bad. There are some many varitities out there. Find one that you, or your child like and use it. Of course, if it is your child, depending on the age, you will want to monitor the usage. I have come to like the honey lemon flavor! Now if you have the time you could always make your own cough drops like Robin Kone at Thank Your Body, or Karrie at Tasty Ever After
Amp Up Your Nutrients
Yes this is something we should always focus on, but if your like me you will occasionally let it slip by the wayside. Whenever I have strep or a cold I crave citrus. I mean don’t we all? Whether this is a natural craving, or marketing based I cannot really say. As I child I turned to orange juice. Of course now I can only stomach orange juice when mixed with champagne ?.
Other great alternatives are of course, you know an actual orange. Unless you are wanting more zinc. Either way, adding a little more vitamin c and zinc to your diet might not cure you, but it certainly won’t hurt you.
Rest and repeat
For the love of all things, REST! Your co-worker, or classmates,will not miss you. Your boss or teacher will forgive you. You friends will understand if you cancel your plans. Your family will help you get better. The world will survive while you take time to get better, and they will thnk you for not passing it around!
I know, easier said than do. I myself failed at it yesterday!I pushed myself to do some laundry and dishes. Yes I definately needed I nap after those minor chores. Guess what though, when it came ti e tp rake the leaves my family understood why I remained inside.
So there you have it, five overlooked remedies to help you cope with that nasty strep throat, or other respritory infection. Just make sure you are not like me and accidentally throw away your antibotic. Yeah, I am awesome! Wish me luck in trying to get two more pills, because you should always finish the prescribed dosage.