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How to beat freshers' flu

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Freshers' flu isn’t technically the flu, it’s an umbrella term used to describe a variety of illnesses that are commonly caught during the first few weeks of university. Symptoms often include but are not limited to, coughing, fatigue, headaches, nausea and high fever.

Universities are small campuses filled to the brim with students that are often carrying a colourful variety of bacteria and bugs that can contribute to freshers' flu. Those living in halls are particularly susceptible to the flu as they’re living in such close confinement with a huge number of other students.

However, it’s not all bad news, even if you do fall victim to the infamous freshers' flu. Here are some tips for a quick recovery if you find yourself suffering:

1. Stay hydrated

If it’s possible to drink 6-8 drinks on a night out, it’s possible to have as many glasses of water during the day. Keeping hydrated will speed up your recovery, as well as possibly prevent any infection in the first place. Most campuses have water fountains, so learn where they’re located and make sure to visit them regularly.

2. Take medicine

Head to your local corner shop if you’re feeling up to it where you should find a collection of cures for your unfortunate ailment. Look for something that will clear your sinuses, unblock your nose and get rid of any aches and pains. Although be sure to check the price tag, often own brand medicine will provide the same function without breaking the bank.

3. Register with a GP

Most cases of freshers' flu disappear within a week to ten days, however, there’s a small chance that it could be more serious. It’s always a good idea to register at a local GP surgery just in case. Surgeries often fill up quickly and the registration process can be quite lengthy so the earlier you sign up the better.

4. Rest

Freshers' week can often be quite overwhelming. Between meeting new people, attending lectures, joining societies and calling home there’s not a lot of time to rest and recuperate. Taking time to sleep is especially important if you’re feeling under the weather.

5. Eat (and drink) well

Eating lots of nourishing food will provide your body with the tools it needs to make an efficient recovery. So substitute another discounted Dominos for a home cooked meal that includes protein, carbohydrates and lots of vegetables. It’s also good to limit your consumption of caffeine and alcohol, as both can lead to dehydration, which can worsen your symptoms.

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