Swine Flu - Health Center

Swine Flu

By Refadoc, Posted on : Tuesday, 15 September 2015 - 10:46 am IST

Swine Flu - Overview

The influenza viruses are known to infect the inner lining of the nose, throat as well as the lungs. Not only that, the virus is known to enter the body via the inhalation of the contaminated droplets or through the live transfer of the virus from a contaminated source to directly the eyes, nose as well as the mouth.

However, it’s a huge myth that you can catch the virus from eating pork.

Signs and Symptoms of Swine Flu

The signs and symptoms of the virus are very similar to those of the flu strains.

Some of the major symptoms are as follows:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Soreness of the throat
  • Running nose
  • Body aches
  • Head aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting and nausea

These symptoms tend to develop after three to four days after the initial exposure towards the virus.

It is recommended to see a doctor regarding the symptoms if you are pregnant or are suffering from any chronic disease, such as emphysema and heart condition.

Treatment and Drugs for Swine Flu

In most of the cases of Swine Flu, doctors prescribe the patients with the medicines in order to help the patients to relieve the symptoms. Some of the antiviral drugs such as oseltamivir and zanamivir are prescribed in order to reduce the severity of the symptoms.

However, over the period of time, some of the viruses may develop resistance towards the same. Antiviral are usually reserved for the patients who are suffering from a very high risk of suffering from the complications.

The high risk sufferers of the swine flu include people who are:

  • Hospitalized after the symptoms
  • Younger than the age of 5
  • Above the age of 65
  • Pregnant women
  • People with chronic diseases such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease
  • People who are immuno suppressed due to the medications of HIV
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