Understanding Swine Flu/H1N1: Here Are The Symptoms

The swine flu has people scared about their health. It is a new version of the more common seasonal flu but symptoms are similar to the seasonal flu virus. Know the symptoms and reduce your anxiety.

The swine flu is typically referred to now as the H1N1 flu virus. It is a new kind of influenza A virus that is similar to an early 1900 flu. There was a breakout of the swine flu in the 1970s. Because it has spread to different countries and continents it is considered a pandemic and serious.

The symptoms of the swine flu are similar to those of the seasonal flu. As soon as you are aware that you are exhibiting symptoms, see your doctor to find out if you have the flu. Now, for the swine flu, there is no way to tell it from the seasonal flu bug unless your doctor takes a swab sample from your mouth and throat for culture.

Cultures are then sent away to be analyzed by an outside lab. Your doctor can do a quick test but they can give false positives or false negatives. It can tell you that you have influenza A (swine flu) and influenza B (seasonal flu). From there, treatment can begin.

If you have ever had the flu then you know how bad you feel with it. It can begin with a cough or sore throat. Most people with the swine flu noticed that they had a sore throat and a fever. A fever is a general sign that some sort of infection is present in your body but not exactly where or from what.

Other signs of swine flu include those that are similar to seasonal flu and other respiratory conditions. You may notice a runny nose, body aches, chills, diarrhea, headaches and fatigue. Red rashes along with sore throat have been reported in cases of swine flu. This is commonly referred to as scarlet fever.

Treatment helps to reduce the severity of symptoms experienced with the swine flu. It is important to stay hydrated as you fight the viral infection.

In some cases, the flu can take a turn for the worse. Usually this occurs in high risk groups or people that have other comorbidities that compromise their health. In children these symptoms include: bluing of the lips and skin, problems breathing, fever with rash, irritability, lethargy and a return of the flu symptoms. For adults, the serious symptoms are similar but also include severe vomiting, dizziness, confusion and chest pain.

Typical cases of the seasonal flu don't necessarily require a doctor's care but you can get attention if you need it. With the swine flu, it will run its course also. If you are diagnosed with it, taking antiviral medication can reduce the severity and duration of the disease for you.


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