What is Swine Flu infection?
Everyone knows about and may have suffered with influenza or flu infection. Flu is an infection caused by certain virus, which comes, stays for a few days and goes away. Similarly, Swine Flu is also a kind influenza virus. Here, the difference is that it can be more severe than regular flu infection.
Why is it called H1N1?
All virus have been named. H1N1 is a name given to the Swine flu virus. In the same group, there are some related virus-named as H1N2, H2N3, etc.
The symptoms are similar to regular flu:
Where do you get it from?
Swine flu being a viral disease, it spreads from a person suffering with the same virus. It spreads through air, by sneezing and coughing, and touch of the affected patient. A sneeze or a cough of a patient can through millions of Swine flu virus in the air.
Congested places such as closes room, classroom, office, train, bus, mall, etc are sources of infection, as one infected person could spread it to many healthy patients.
Who is at higher risk?
Those who are already suffering with poor resistance.
Why is so much of Panic about Swine flu?
What happens to Swine flu patient, finally?
Swine flu infection, like most other viral infections, is likely to subside eventually; whether treated or not. However, some of the patients are at risk of turning into a serious medical condition called ARD (Acute Respiratory Distress syndrome), which may turn even fatal.
How to diagnose Swine flu?
The diagnosis test is done using nose and throat swab at the laboratory. Many labs are able to conduct this test for the cost of about USD 30. Some countries have control over the test. In India, as on today, only the government run hospitals are allowed to conduct the test.
Treatment for Swine Flu:
For conventional treatment, please consult your local doctor.
Homeopathic treatment for Swine Flu
We can recommend homeopathic medicines which are likely to help cases of Swine flu, which may work by enhancing the immune system. The medicines are also likely to work as preventive in some cases. However, such statements would always go with the disclaimer that no claims are being made for its cure or prevention.
Commonly indicated homeopathic medicines:
Depending on the individual symptoms of the patients, one or more of the medicines could be prescribed: Influenzinum, Gelsemium, Arsenic albub, Rhus toxicodendron, Occilococcinum, etc are some of the common medicines. They can also be used as a part of probable preventive measure.
What to Do for Avoiding Swine Flu:
- Always cover your mouth and nose while coughing and sneezing
- Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth frequently as there is always some virus on tabletops, telephones and computers
- Wash your hands frequently
- Alcohol-based gel or foam hand sanitizers
- Wear a well-fitted mask in public places
- Drink loads of water and get enough sleep
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people
- Stay away (3-feet distance) from people who have a respiratory infection
- Use disposable tissues
Swine flu is not a food borne illness so there is no restriction on food and drinks.
Swine flu is most contagious in the initial five days. In the case of children, it can be contagious up to 10 days. If you have already got it: Please confine yourself to a room. Wearing a mask is a must and Keep yourself away from social gathering, your work place and other public places, to avoid spreading the infection to others.