Saying Bye to Bugs

Preslie Bentley, writer

Strep, flu, stomach bugs and more swarm around going from person to person. Staying away from large crowds and a clean environment can seem difficult, but by taking extra good care of oneself, staying healthy becomes easy. 

Simple things like sneezing into the elbow, not sharing personal items, taking vitamins and seeing the doctor could keep you and other people well. 

“I try to do more things at home before going to the doctor,” sophomore Brynn Shinall said. “Sometimes, I just like to go to the doctor because they will put me on a prescription.” 

Shinall says when she throws up and can’t eat, she likes to drink gatorade and her mom makes her chicken soup at home. Gatorade contains electrolytes that rehydrate the body and also has fluids that help replace those already lost. Chicken noodle soup contains salts to reduce soreness in the throat, high protein from the chicken, and the other ingredients help reduce inflammation and congestion. Other drinks like green, herbal or lemon hot tea help strengthen the immune system, ensure proper hydration and helps sore throats. 

“I take my vitamins, get extra sleep and drink lots of water,” junior Kyndal James said. “And I do not drink after people when stuff is going around.”

Things like Emergen-C, zinc, and selenium helps to boost your immune system. Emergen-C contains vitamin C designed to boost the immune system as well as increasing energy. It is a commonly used powder that mixes in with water to fight against infections during flu and cold season. 

“I always wash my hands and I try to not get too close to sick people,” sophomore Judd Pringle said. 

Hand washing takes an important role in reducing germs and illnesses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are five steps in proper hand washing. Wet hands with clean water, then apply soap and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Rinse off the soap completely and then dry hands with a clean towel. Washing hands should take place before and after eating, after touching animals, after using the restroom, after caring for a sick person, etc. Objects such as phones, desks and other materials should also be cleaned frequently and not shared with others when sick. 

“I tend to take pretty good care of my body,” Shinall said. “I workout a lot and eat better.”

It is important that you put only healthy things into your body in order to take care of it. Drinking tons of water, getting lots of rest and exercising can either keep you from getting sick or limit the time sick. Shinall says that her “body is healthy enough to not get as sick as some people.” Although home remedies positively affect people, a local doctor could always know the best answers to illnesses and how to take care of them.