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i can handle the pain ; )...

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what can i eat when i have the flu?
hi. i have the flu right now and i am starving!! i haven't eaten for almost a day, because i'm afraid i'll throw it up.
i was looking for soup and saltine crackers but we don't have anymore left.

can i eat dry cereal since i heard dairy products will give you stomach pain

what else can i eat?

please help

Usually, you'll need nothing more than bed rest and plenty of fluids to treat the flu. But in some cases, your doctor may prescribe an antiviral medication such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or zanamivir (Relenza).

These drugs, which treat both influenza A and B, work by deactivating an enzyme the virus needs to grow and spread. If taken soon after you notice symptoms, they may shorten your illness by a day or so. Oseltamivir is an oral medication, but zanamivir is inhaled through a device similar to an asthma inhaler and shouldn't be used by anyone with respiratory conditions, such as asthma and lung disease.

Both medications can cause side effects, including lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and trouble breathing. They can also lead to the development of antiviral-resistant viruses.

In November 2006, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required the maker of Tamiflu to include a warning that people with the flu, particularly children, may be at increased risk of self-injury and confusion after taking Tamiflu. The FDA recommends that individuals with the flu who take Tamiflu be closely monitored for signs of unusual behavior. Discuss possible side effects with your doctor before starting any antiviral medication.
Lifestyle and home remedies

If you do come down with the flu, these measures may help ease your symptoms:

* Drink plenty of liquids. Choose water, juice and warm soups to prevent dehydration. Drink enough so that your urine is clear or pale yellow.
* Rest. Get more sleep to help your immune system fight infection.
* Try chicken soup. It's not just good for your soul — it really can help relieve flu symptoms by breaking up congestion.
* Consider pain relievers. Use an over-the-counter pain reliever such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) cautiously, as needed. Remember, pain relievers may make you more comfortable, but they won't make your symptoms go away any faster and may have side effects. Ibuprofen may cause stomach pain, bleeding and ulcers. If taken for a long period or in higher than recommended doses, acetaminophen can be toxic to your liver. Talk to your doctor before giving acetaminophen to children. And don't give aspirin to children or teens because of the risk of Reye's syndrome, a rare but potentially fatal disease.


These steps can help you stay healthy, even at the height of flu season:


Get an annual flu vaccination. The best time to be vaccinated is October or November. This allows your body time to develop antibodies to the flu virus before peak flu season, which in the Northern Hemisphere is usually December through March. However, getting a flu shot later in the flu season may still protect you. It takes up to two weeks to build immunity following a flu shot.

Keep in mind that the flu vaccine doesn't offer complete protection, especially for older adults, but it can reduce the risk and severity of illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), when the match between flu vaccine and circulating strains of flu virus is close, a flu shot is between 70 and 90 percent effective in warding off illness in healthy people under age 65. It is less effective in older adults. Health experts recommend vaccinations for people over 50 because the flu shot may reduce the risk of flu-related complications, hospitalizations and deaths.

Healthy people ages 2 to 49 alternatively may receive the flu vaccine via a nasal spray called FluMist. It protects against the same strains of influenza that the flu shot does. Like the flu shot, FluMist is given every year. Because FluMist contains live, but weakened, flu viruses, it shouldn't be given to pregnant women, people with weakened immune systems and those with chronic illnesses. A study published in 2006 found that FluMist was only between 30 and 57 percent effective in preventing the flu in adults. However, another study in 2006 found that giving nasal spray vaccine to school-age children helped to reduce the spread of flu in the community. And in 2007, researchers compared the effectiveness of FluMist with the flu shot in children ages 6 months to 5 years. The children treated with FluMist experienced about half as many cases of flu as did those treated with the shot. However, FluMist increases the risk of wheezing in this age group — especially in those who already have asthma or recurrent wheezing and in all children under age 2. In 2007, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) therefore approved FluMist for children older than 2 years who don't have asthma or recurrent wheezing. Consult with your doctor about which form of vaccination may be best for you or your child.

You can get the flu vaccine from your doctor, at public health centers and many pharmacies. In some areas, flu vaccines are also available at senior or community centers and at supermarkets.
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Anything dry and starchy is good. Crackers, dry cereal, things like that. And drink lots of water.

ask your mom to get you some soup and some jello try tea and toast and you need some gingerale

i would find something hot,and that you can drink, as in hot chocolate, soup,ramen noodles. etc

drink gatorade thats what my mom has given me.

You can eat anything you feel like eating, but I would stick with very light, bland foods.

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soup broth

wandering soul.
stay away from anything fried!
you can eat chicken, rice, soup,toast,drink plenty of water!
If you have no soup left then do you have food flavor's like chicken oxo or know cubes? if yes have one in a cup with boiled water stir it up and you got a broth type,eat with bread!

i is me

Ginger snaps. Ginger calms the stomach


eat anything. eating and drinking lots of fluids are very important when you have the flu.

M. J. F
orange juice and fruits. oranges and grapefruit are refreshing and have vitamin c that will help the immune system.

Ok, drink plenty of Gatorade,Water,Orange Juice, and Cranberry Juice. You need to stay hydrated. You can eat a sandwich, cereal with milk (it doesn't give you stomach problems), grilled cheese, and get your parents to buy some soup, it works good. Feel Better Soon!

Calvin Ng
Hot soup,porridge(my mom use to give me this when I'm sick :p) Vegetables/Fruits, have some tea/hot drinks, Juice if u can, and have rest and, always eat medicine :p

little miss sunshine*
Bananas, toast, rice, and oatmeal are great foods to eat when you're sick. They're bland enough that they won't upset your stomach!

hmm well
dairy products never gave me a problem
when i had the flu, so i think its
pretty safe.
but drink lots of fluides

Dairy is no good. Your body is hot due to the flu, hence a fever <probably> so the dairy is curdling in your stomach causing you to fell upset and possibly vomit. Your best bet is clear liquids, water, juice, <apple/OJ> and to eat I reccommend Jell-O. BAM!

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