Fox News reported a review of the drug Tamiflu, a treatment for the symptoms of the flu. The scientists working on the Cochrane Review concluded that the benefits of Tamiflu do not outweigh the side effects. Tamiful shortens the length of symptoms of the flu by generally half a day. It’s unclear whether or not the benefits of Tamiflu justify the price, but the good news is that if you’re sick with the flu you can treat your symptoms at home. Home symptoms for the flu include tea, aromatherapy, sleep, steam showers and more.

Supporters of Tamiflu argue the drug reduces the chance of complications arising out of the flu. They also believe the drug keeps people in the hospital for shorter amounts of time when they stay in the hospital with the flu. Meanwhile, countries around the world have been stockpiling Tamiflu as a precaution against a worldwide epidemic of the flu. Some countries have spent millions on their stock of Tamiflu.

However, the scientists working on the Cochrane Review concluded the data did not support the above benefits of Tamiflu. Furthermore, they believe Tamiflu increases the likelihood of nausea and vomiting in both adults and children. In other words, the review didn’t conclude the risk was worth the small benefits of taking the drug. Carl Heneghan, a professor, was a lead investigator on the review.

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Whether or not you decide to take Tamiflu when you’re suffering from the flu, there are things you can do at home to make yourself more comfortable. Using steam showers will treat your symptoms in more ways than you may know. First of all, taking steam showers will reduce nasal congestion and make it easier for you to breathe. This is because steam showers have high levels of humidity, which will moisten the air passages in the body that are irritated. Additionally, the steam will help loosen and remove mucus from the respiratory system.

With steam showers with aromatherapy systems, you can also add essential oils to your steam showers, which will provide further treatment to your flu and/or cold symptoms. For example, you can infuse peppermint oil or eucalyptus oil into your shower, both of which treat respiratory problems. Add lavender oil as well for a relaxing element, because we all know being sick isn’t fun.

Steam showers will clean germs from your body. Steam cleans the skin more effectively and deeply than a normal shower. Steam showers also bring relief to your muscles and boost your immune system. During steam showers, the blood circulation in the body is improved and the immune system produces more white blood cells. This quickens the healing process. Some steam shower units also come equipped with body massage jets, which deliver hydrotherapy to the muscles by massaging the body with streams of water.

You can browse all-in-one steam shower units on SteamShowersInc.com. There are steam showers in varying sizes to fit any bathroom. Why have a boring bathroom when you can have an extraordinary one?

It’s not hard to see why steam showers are trending in bathroom remodels. Steam showers are relaxing, rejuvenate the body and mind and clean the body better than the average shower. They’re also modern, stylish and make use of convenient technology. However, once you’ve decided you’re interested in installing a steam shower, you have to decide whether you want to build a custom steam shower or if you want to purchase a pre-built steam shower.

Building a custom steam shower often involves more decision making and more purchasing of separate parts. On one hand, this could be a positive for you if you want complete control over which components go into your shower. However, this may be a stressful experience for someone who doesn’t know a lot about building a steam shower. Additionally, you will have to pick out a steam shower enclosure, the appropriate steam generator, a control panel, seating and other accessories.

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VIGO 36 x 36 Frameless 3/8″ Clear/Chrome Shower Enclosure with Base

If you don’t use a shower enclosure, you will need to remodel the bathroom to include a shower room that is tiled and has a special door that will not let steam out into the rest of the bathroom. These renovations will be costly. You will also have to remodel the ceiling in the shower to be slanted so the condensation from the steam will slide down and not drip down on top of you. These decisions give you more power over the design of the shower but also raise the cost. You will also have to run a water line to the steam generator; it will need drainage and electricity.

A pre-built steam shower unit is an all-in-one design, which comes with really cool features already installed. These units include the steam shower enclosure, the steam generator, the control panel and usually include built-in fold-out seating or removable stools. These units are easy to install; the parts are simply put together and the unit is plugged into the water supply and the electrical. (You will need a plumber and electrician to install either type of steam shower.)

Common features included in steam shower units include luxury features like body massage jets, chromatherapy lighting, aromatherapy systems and foot massagers. See the list below to learn more:

FM Radio

Surround Sound Speakers

Built-in Seats

Wood Stools

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Rainfall Ceiling Shower Head

Handheld Shower Head

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Additionally, some steam shower units are retrofit to fit in the space of a standard bathtub or shower. They also come in various dimensions to fit your needs.

In the end, only you can decide what best fits your personal wants and needs; you will need to think about whether or not a custom steam shower or an all-in-one steam shower unit is the best choice for you. You can call our experienced staff at 800-304-3598, and we will be more than happy to assist you in choosing the perfect steam shower for your bathroom. You can also browse steam generators, shower enclosures and steam shower units on SteamShowersInc.com.

It’s still Spring, but soon it’ll be summer, and as it gets hotter, you’ll want to start thinking of ways to keep cool. Create a list of go to ideas so there won’t be a panic when it does get hot. You’ll know what to do and feel a lot more prepared to handle the heat.

There are a lot of methods to keep cool, even without running the air conditioning, which some people don’t have access to. Even when you have air conditioning, it can be very costly to run. However, it’s still important to keep cool for your own health and safety. First, you need to drink more water when it’s hot to stay hydrated because your body is sweating more.  Your body sweats to cool itself down. The sweat creates moisture, which evaporates; when the moisture evaporates, the body feels cooler.

Avoid going outside or exercising during the warmest parts of the day, don’t walk your dog during the hottest parts of the day, try to limit your activity to avoid heating up your body

During a hot day, wear looser fitting clothing. Don’t eat big, hot meals, because these will make you feel hotter. Instead, eat more, smaller meals throughout the day. Eat cold food and eat light meals. When you walk into the kitchen or bathroom, splash some cool water on your wrists, on the back of your neck and your hair line. This will help you feel cooler. Do it numerous times throughout the day.

Other ways of using water to keep cool include spraying water on your skin with a spray bottle. You can also wear old clothing or a bathing suit, cover yourself in water from the hose and sit outside. One way to create a makeshift air conditioner is to place bowls of ice in front of a fan; replace the ice after it melts.

Taking a cool bath is also an effective way to cool down. Relax in the bathtub and replace the water when it doesn’t feel cool anymore. If you don’t think you can take a bath, walk in bathtubs may be the answer for you. Walk in bathtubs are a good option for those who don’t want to go all the way to the pool or can’t clear the top of a regular bathtub. You shouldn’t be limited to cool showers during a hot day; with a walk in bathtub you can take a cool relaxing bath independently whenever you’d like. Ariel walk in bathtubs hold up to 50 to 78 gallons of water and come with safety features, including grab bars, textured bottoms and easy to use doors.

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Ariel Soaker Series Walk In Bathtub

To improve your sleep when it’s hot at night, sleep with frozen bags used for treating injuries and/or pain. Put them on the back of your neck or behind your knees. You can also put your bedding, pajamas and/or pillows in bags and place them in the freezer during the day. Take them out right before you go to sleep so you’ll feel cold. Good luck beating the heat!