Posted by: Kurnia | May 1, 2009

How to Recognize Swine Flu Symptoms

How to Recognize Swine Flu Symptoms

By mrboffo, eHow Member

Recognizing Swine Flu symptoms is critical during this time of potential
global crisis. Being able to distinguish swine flu symptoms from other
types of flu and illnesses is critical in containing and avoiding the
spread of the swine flu virus. Fortunately, the symptoms of swine flu are relatively easy to recognize. Still, swine flu symptoms can be easy to mistake for more common sorts of influenza.

Look for the typical symptoms associated with influenza. These would
include things like lethargy, fever, a lack of appetite, and even coughing.

Be aware that there are other, less common swine flu symptoms. Some of these are things like diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, runny nose or even a sore throat

Visit your doctor if you believe you may be experiencing swine flu
symptoms. For swine flue to be properly diagnosed, your health care provider would need to collect a respiratory specimen within the first four or five days that you have the illness.

How to Recognize Swine Flu Symptoms in Your Baby or Young Child

By Write Now, eHow Member

Flu Symptoms in Babies/Children

The Swine Flu has taken hold here in the United States, and the Swine Flu epidemic is now traveling Worldwide. Children are at the highest risk of mortality if affected with the Swine Flu. Symptoms may be difficult to recognize, but it is crucial that you are aware of signs of the Swine Flu in order to increase the likelihood of a positive outcome if your child is infected with the virus. If your child is unable to speak, it may be hard to recognize symptoms of Swine Flu infection. This flu virus is most dangerous in the weakest of individuals including young children. There are some indicators you can look for to ensure that you recognize Swine Flu symptoms that require emergency care in your baby or young child before it is too late.

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
Flu Symptoms
If your child has any flu-like symptoms, it may be the Swine flu. The
symptoms of this virus are like many others. Monitor their symptoms and look for a high fever over 101 degrees following a cold. Worsening cough is also a sign of Swine Flu. If you are treating your child for flu, and their cough worsens, it is a symptom of the virus.

Look for a Rash
Look for a rash that accompanies the fever. This is an indication of Swine Flu infection. The child may also have a blue color to their skin. This indicates a lack of oxygen and requires immediate emergency care.

Stops Drinking
If your child quits drinking fluids do not hesitate to rush them to the
emergency room. Dehydration is a killer for young children. In addition, if they have explosive diarrhea or vomiting you should seek immediate
emergency treatment.

Breathing Problems
If they appear to be breathing quickly or having any shortness of breath, get them help quickly. The faster you get emergency help in this situation, the more likely they will suffer no adverse affects.

Body Aches
If they act as if they are in pain when you hold them, or try to wriggle
away because they appear uncomfortable, it could indicate severe body pain.
Get them to a treatment facility immediately. This is an indication of a
Swine Flu virus infection.

Flat Affect
If they are not maintaining eye contact, or appear flat in affectation this is a warning sign of severe viral infection. Get to an emergency facility.

Will Not Wake Up
Finally, if you are unable to wake your child, call an ambulance
immediately. Do not hesitate in this situation. Swine Flu is a deadly virus and can be treated with antiviral medications such as Tamiflu so getting your child treated immediately can save your child’s life. The Swine Flu epidemic is likely to get worse before it gets better and it is important to be aware of symptoms of the virus that may require emergency care


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