Symptoms & Prevention


SHARETIPSINFO >>Research Reports >>Symptoms of H1N1 or swine flu  infection and prevention

The words ‘Swine Flu’ brings up a lot of panic and worry, it is quite essential to note that Swine Flu is just Flu (influenza) A H1N1 virus. It is another type of flu virus, which has components of pig and bird influenza. Basically the symptoms of Swine Flu are just like common seasonal flu.

Symptoms of H1N1or Swine Flu infection includes:

  1. Body aches.
  2. Fever which is usually high.
  3. Runny nose.
  4. Cold and Cough.
  5. Fatigue or we can say tiredness.
  6. Headache.
  7. Sore Throat.
  8. Pneumonia.
  9. Respiratory failure.

With regular seasonal flu, infants and the elderly are usually thought to be most at risk for serious infections, in addition to people with chronic medical problems. There are people who are at high risks of Swine Flu. They are:

  1. Pregnant women.
  2. Persons suffering from obesity.
  3. People with chronic medical problems.

Very serious Swine Flu Symptoms are mentioned as under that would indicate that a child with Swine Flu would need urgent medical attention.

  1. When a child stops interacting more and a kind of lethargy ness is being noticed.
  2. If the color of skin changes, if it gets bluish or gray skin color then it is a major symptom that shows that a child may be suffering from H1N1 virus.
  3. Not waking up at the regular time as one use to get up in the morning.
  4. Persistent vomiting.
  5. Slow digestion process.
  6. If a child is not drinking enough liquids.
  7. Problem of trouble breathing.
  8. Cold, Fever and cough.
  9. Irritable and frustrating nature will indicate that the child is suffering from Swine Flu and need to be sent for the tests.

Persons who have traveled overseas recently should be extra cautious and seek medical help immediately if they have these symptoms. But these symptoms alone would not suggest that a person is infected by Swine Flu, as it can be confirmed only after testing a respiratory specimen. So it is important to seek medical help if one feels that he/she has flu.

Prevention from Swine Flu:

Swine flu likely spreads by direct contact with respiratory secretions of someone that is sick with swine flu, like if they were coughing and sneezing close to you. Swine Flu primarily spreads when a person comes in close contact with an infected person. The simple way to minimize the risk is by covering the mouth and nose while coughing and sneezing and wearing a mask while going close to the infected person. Droplets from a cough or sneeze can also contaminate surfaces

Maintaining high level of hygiene is most important.
People with the flu are advised to get plenty of rest, drink plenty of liquids, avoid using alcohol and tobacco and, if necessary, take medications such as paracetamol (acetaminophen) to relieve the fever and muscle aches associated with the flu.

Consider Facemasks (disposable, single use masks) for persons who enter crowded settings. No vaccine available to protect humans from swine flu Vaccine for human seasonal influenza does not protect against H1N1 swine flu viruses due to antigenic differences, but may provide partial protection against swine H3N2 virus Vaccination.

Avoid the urge to touch nose, mouth and eyes in general. Encouraging pursuit of medical evaluation at earliest onset of symptoms. Maintenance of a 3 to 6 foot perimeter around a coughing patient. Use of alcohol based hand cleansers. Use of masks to those who are exhibiting symptoms or who are ill. Staying home form work and/or school upon onset and for the duration of symptoms.

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 Note-Please note this article is just for reference. You are advise to contact your doctor for details.

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