How to Combat Common Illnesses

No matter how diligent you are about keeping your home clean and sanitized, and avoiding people who are showing signs of illness, chances are high that you will fall foul of common ailments at some time or another. The problem with bacteria and viruses is that they are microscopic and invisible to the naked eye.

Every time you use an ATM, open a door, shake hands with someone, you are at risk of being contaminated by any germs that are lurking. Common illnesses that are prone to be spread like wildfire include:

  • Sickness and diarrhea 
  • Influenza 
  • Coughs 

To avoid the spread of these common illnesses, it is important that you isolate the sufferer from other members of the household as much as is possible and heighten your hygiene regimen: extra handwashing, wipe down surfaces and items that have been handled with an antibacterial spray and change the bed sheets regularly.

Let’s look at how you can combat common illnesses

Sickness and diarrhea 

 Sickness and diarrhea can affect people of all ages, but for the very young, elderly or infirm it can be particularly debilitating. It is important to keep hydrated by sipping water or juice regularly to replace lost fluids. If the symptoms are accompanied by a fever, take Tylenol to reduce the temperature and any aches and pains. Rest is important for recovery from sickness and diarrhea too. It is important that you stay away from work or school for at least 48 hours after the symptoms have cleared to avoid spreading the germs.


People often say that they have flu when they have a heavy cold. If you have had the flu, you will understand the difference – the flu is far more severe and tends to start suddenly and last longer. When suffering from flu bed rest is vital as you need to stay warm and comfortable. Take pain relief to lessen the aches and pains. You can get IV fluids for flu to ensure that your body is rehydrated and given the nutrients it needs to combat this illness. By taking IV fluids, you can significantly reduce the amount of time that you are ill – which can be up to 10 days.


Coughs are a natural reflex of your body to clear your airways of dust or smoke. However, they can also be a symptom of other underlying health issues. It’s important that you regularly drink to keep your airways from drying, it will also reduce the scratching and raw feelings that coughs can cause. There is much debate about the value of pharmacy bought couch medicines, but most coughs can be treated by mixing two teaspoons of honey (local if possible, so that if it is caused by a pollen allergy, your body will build a tolerance to it!) in hot water and lemon. If your cough persists more than three weeks, you must seek advice from a medical provider.

You will see that these three common illnesses all require proper hydration and liquids to combat them. Adequate fluid intake is essential for your body to perform at its best and to fight these bugs, bacteria and viruses.