Symptoms of Swine Flu

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Swine Flu is the common term for the H1N1 flu strain, which is a vicious form of influenza difficult to diagnose early in the disease. Swine flu demands full attention of any caregiver of the elderly or the very young, which are most susceptible to serious complications from this aggressive disease. Most especially, persons with underlying chronic ailments such as asthma and other pulmonary issues are at high risk when contracting Swine Flu. Most hospitalizations are necessitated in the age groups of over 65 and under two years of age, to further emphasize the importance of prevention and early treatment.

Testing Not Available Early Enough

Because the testing for H1N1 or Swine Flu cannot be reliably performed and results obtained quickly enough for the benefit of treating physicians of flu patients, they must rely on the symptoms of the patients themselves:

  1. Fever
  2. Chills
  3. Coughing
  4. Nasal Congestion
  5. Loss of Appetite

Usually dehydration develops with the onset of diarrhea and/or vomiting. Prompt attention is essential to not permit the fever and food and fluid losses bring the patient into a dehydrated state. This is an important and deadly complication that can promote deterioration of other organs within the patient, causing extra strain on the heart and respiratory systems.

Early Treatment Mandatory

Early care by the attending physician is paramount in the treatment of all illnesses, but particularly in the H1N1 Swine Flu strain. While caring for the patient, due care should be followed by family members to prevent the illness from migrating through everyone in the same housing as the patient. The same precaution should be taken by those exposed to the patient in using preventative hygiene scrubbing and germ defense, to prevent carrying the germs to other vulnerable persons or children.

First Symptom Recognition

The first symptoms usually seen by the child’s physician include headache, sniffles, fever and beginning of a cough. Unfortunately, adults will continue to work without seeing a physician until much worse. Swine flu should be treated quickly before it accelerates into the virulent and debilitating intensification of all flu symptoms.

At the same time, you should observe the rudiments of good sense and better hygiene when around the evidence of unforgiving flu germs:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water, sending them down the drain and away from you and yours.
  2. Carry hand sanitizer and feel no embarrassment about it. You will encounter germs and transmit germs to others through phones, keyboards, elevators, doorknobs and more.
  3. Clean Surfaces, especially if shared with others. Sanitizing wipes are great for this. Food areas are usually wiped down by plain cloths that just spread flu germs around evenly. Wipe your phones, keyboards and other shared devices including drawer handles and doorknobs.
  4. Think Germs. Avoid touching common devices if possible. Only use banisters and handrails if you need balance. Avoid touching your face, nose, mouth, or ears and eyes, so that the germs on your hands don’t enter your body.
  5. Leave all hitchhiking germs outside. When you arrive home, remove shoes and hygienically wash your hands again.

Whether describing accidents, illnesses, Swine Flu H1N1 or pregnancy, prevention is still the best avenue to use daily. You never know when you are going to inhale or ingest a germ of the most virulent form of influenza raking the country, and then share your misfortune with those you love and cherish. Therefore, take all precautions to be as hygienically safe as possible, take your recommended vaccinations and encourage your family members and co-workers to do the same.

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