Think you may have the Swine Flu? Here is what you must know about Swine Flu (H1N1) and a list of it’s symptoms.
The H12N1 virus, commonly known as the Swine Flu, is a human disease. Contrary to what many believe, it is not transmitted by pigs. You get it from another person.
The reason H1N1 was named the Swine Flu is because the original virus that caused this disease came to humans from pigs.
The H1N1 virus simply contains genes from other human, swine and bird viruses.
The swine Flu is not an airborne virus. In order to get the virus, you must actually have been in contact with some type bodily fluid, such as mucus, cough germs, sneezes, touching another person who may have the virus on him or herself.
Do I have swine Flu or just a regular seasonal influenza?
First, you should know that it is very unlikely that you will be able to tell the difference between a regular seasonal flu and H1N1. If you suspect that you may be infected with the h1N1 virus, it is highly recommended that you see a physician. Since the indications of both of the viruses are very similar, only your doctor will be able to give you the positive results. And, even with this, you may be required to submit to a throat swab, stool sample or blood sample.
Do “NOT” assume anything. The H1N1 virus and the seasonal influenza are similar so you MUST see your doctor to be certain.
This is a list of the most common symptoms of the the H1N1 (Swine Flu), and as you can see, they are similar to a regular seasonal influenza.
- Sore Throat
- Runny Nose
- Body aches
- Some people have diarrhea
- Some people experience vomiting
It should also be known that not everyone will have all of these symptoms but most people will experience at least two of these symptoms.
Symptoms of Swine Flu in children include shortness of breath, rapid breathing, continued vomiting, cranky and irritable, high fever, and it can lead to severe dehydration.
The symptoms of Swine Flu in adults can include the above symptoms plus stomach pains, chest pains, dizziness, and lethargy.
When Should I Seek Emergency Medical Care?
You should seek emergency care as soon as possible if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
* Have difficulty breathing or chest pain
* Have purple or blue discoloration of the lips
* Have vomiting and unable to keep liquids down
* If you are showing signs of dehydration such as dizziness when standing, absence of urination, or in infants, a lack of tears when they cry
* If you are having seizures (for example, uncontrolled convulsions)
* if you are less responsive than normal and are becoming confused.
DO NOT TAKE ANY CHANCES…SEE YOUR DOCTOR IF IN DOUBT!