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Is there any way a loss of appetite during a flu event can be restored and what would be t

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Is there any way a loss of appetite during a flu event can be restored and what would be the best foods to suggest in rebuilding appetite and fight the flu event?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.

Dr. David :

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Dr. David :

I am sorry you have lost off appetite.

Dr. David :

this can be very hard to restore

Dr. David :

if the sinuses are clogged, this can take away taste.

Dr. David :

and without smell, appetite can be hard to come by.

Dr. David :

do you have sinus congestion?

Dr. David :

having difficulty with smell?

Customer:

No, the smell and sinuses are ok

Dr. David :

that is good.

Dr. David :

if you have nausea, ginger can help calm down nausea and help appetite as well

Customer:

Just no appetite and no interest in food at all

Dr. David :

things like ginger ale can help or pickled japanese ginger.

Dr. David :

I know.

Dr. David :

appetite can take sometime to come back.

Dr. David :

flu can be tough on the appetite.

Dr. David :

best thing is to keep up the fluids

Dr. David :

and keep from being dehydrated.

Dr. David :

also seasoning your food with salt can help.

Dr. David :

salt can improve your taste for food.

Dr. David :

and can help improve your appetite.

Dr. David :

have you had any problems with nausea?

Customer:

Yes, lot of nausea

Dr. David :

have you tried ginger yet?

Dr. David :

you can also use prescription medication like compazine or phenergan to help calm nausea.

Customer:

Tried ginger ale but made more miserable and bloated

Dr. David :

I see.

Dr. David :

don't use ginger ale then.

Dr. David :

you need to talk to your doctor about prescription medication for nausea.

Dr. David :

like compazine or phenergan which can help with nausea.

Dr. David :

the key to ginger ale is to let it go flat

Dr. David :

before drinking it.

Dr. David :

or you can use pickled japanese ginger.

Dr. David :

or use fresh ginger shaved and cook with it

Dr. David :

or boil a tea out of fresh ginger to help nausea.

Dr. David :

or make fresh ginger cookies with grated ginger in the cookies.

Dr. David :

these are all tricks we use in oncology to fight nausea in cancer patients.

Dr. David :

there are also stronger prescription zofran nausea medications as well.

Dr. David :

do you have other questions?

Dr. David :

do these suggestions help?

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