Swine Flu: Causes, Symptoms and Home Remedies

Again there is a rise in the swine flu casualties. But this, not the time to have jitters but take some action. Do not get panic as there are home remedies to prevent yourself and family members to avoid falling prey to swine flu.

Swine Flu: Causes, Symptoms and Home Remedies

Swine Flu: Causes, Symptoms and Home Remedies


What is Swine Flu

Swine flu also is known as H1N1 flu. If symptoms of swine flu is diagnosed in time, it can be treated. So as it seemed a few year ago, swine flu is no longer scary, but you need to take precautions to prevent it and get dealt with as quickly as possible in case you are infected to avoid any serious health issue.

What is Swine Flu

What is Swine Flu


How Swine Flu Spreads

The causative agent of swine flu is H1N1 virus. You catch swine flu the same way you catch seasonal flu. Whenever the affected person sneeze or a cough he sprays the H1N1 virus along with the nasal droplets in the air. Those coming in contact with the infected drops catch swine flu. Also if you come in contact with the infected surfaces touched by an infected person recently there are chances you have to catch the infection too.

How Swine Flu Spreads

How Swine Flu Spreads

Infected individuals spread swine flu from the day 1 of infection even without displaying any symptoms and may continue to be contagious even after a week or 10 days of sickness. 

What are the Symptoms of Swine Flu

The symptoms of swine flu are similar to the symptoms of common seasonal flu such as cold, cough, sore throat, fever, runny nose, headache, body ache, fatigue, and chills. But unlike seasonal flu swine flu may cause serious health issues such as lung infection, pneumonia, and other breathing issues. Swine flu may worsen illness like asthma and swine flu. This is why if you experience symptoms of severe vomiting, shortness of breath, dizziness, high fever, confusion and pain at sides or belly meet your doctor immediately.

Diagnosis of Swine Flu

As the symptoms of swine flu are very similar to seasonal flu your doctor may recommend throat swab test. But usually lab test is carried for serious patients, children below 5-year of age, older above 65 years, teens on aspirin therapy, pregnant women, individuals suffering from liver, heart, blood or diseases related to nervous system. Also, adults and children with a weak immune system such as those suffering from HIV or those taking medicines to suppress the immune system are also tested.

Diagnosis of Swine Flu

Diagnosis of Swine Flu


Treating for Swine Flu

To treat swine flu doctor prescribes antiviral drugs. As flu is caused by virus antibiotics are of no help. Over the counter medicines for cold and flu may relieve symptoms like fever, sore throat, and aches.

Treating for Swine Flu

Treating for Swine Flu


Home Remedies to Prevent Swine Flu

You may also try home remedies to prevent swine flu

1.Basil leaves

Wash 5 basil leaves and swallow them with water every morning. Basil leaves keep throat and lungs clear, strengthens immunity and fights off infection.

Basil leaves

Basil leaves


2. Giloi

Take a branch of Giloi almost 1 foot long and add around 6 basil leaves. Boil both in a cup of water for about 20 minutes. Add rock salt, black pepper adds crystalline sugar lumps to taste. Drink the concoction when warm once a day.

3. Aloe Vera

Take a teaspoon of freshly extracted aloe vera gel every day. This will boost your immunity and ease aches.

Aloe vera

Aloe vera


4. Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits are rich in Vitamin C and boosts body immune system. Also add Indian gooseberry, guava, sprouts, broccoli as they are also rich in vitamin C.

5. Garlic

Swallow two garlic pods every morning empty stomach with water to strengthen your immune system and prevent swine flu.

Garlic

Garlic

Besides the above home remedies, it is recommended to have a shot of swine flu vaccine to prevent the infection.
Also, you need to follow some safety tips. Always maintain a distance from the person who shows sign of nasal congestion and flu, Avoid kissing them or even shaking hand. Avoid food sharing. Make a habit to wash your hand before eating, ventilate closed rooms. Always keep kitchen countertops and your bathrooms clean and disinfected.

Those who are suffering from symptoms of cold and flu along with high fever and muscle pain see your doctor immediately. Also, it is your duty to prevent the spread of infection to avoid public places, always dispose of used tissues in the bin and do not sneeze or cough openly instead cover your mouth and nose with a handkerchief before doing so.

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