"If you start the prescription anti-virals later, they don't work." said Dr. Susan Rehm of the Cleveland Clinic
That's when home remedies come into play..
"My mother and my grandmother used to make a home remedy with whiskey, honey, lemon juice and it was sort of like a syrup, a cough syrup." said Jeni Britton Bauer, owner of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream.
Jeni Britton Bauer used that family recipe as inspiration when creating her own "remedy."
It's Jeni's influenza r-x sorbet... A cold toddy, with orange and lemon juice, ginger and honey.
"Using things like honey would be very soothing... There's a little bit of cayenne pepper in it, that would help congestion." said Dr. Rehm
Oh yeah -- and a dose of liquor.
"The whiskey, um, well.. it's whiskey so it kind of relaxes you so that's the idea for that." added Jeni
For the record -- this is not medicine. It's comfort food. Like a giant cough drop. With a kick.
"Most of these things are related to symptom management -- feeling better while your body heals and clears the infection." Dr. Rehm
If sorbet isn't your thing, mom's chicken soup is a great back-up. Doctors also recommend lots of water or juices, as fevers can de-hydrate you.
But even physicians are intrigued by the flu sorbet...
"i haven't tried the influenza rx sorbet, but i'm gonna do it." added Rehm
Ice cream, after all, is the ultimate summer treat.... in this case, sorbet just might help you treat your winter flu funk.