09 August, 2009

H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)

So Indians, finally Swine Flue has come to meet you.....................

What it is Exactly?

Swine flu is an infection caused by a virus. It is named for a virus that pigs can get. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can happen. The virus is contagious and can spread from human to human. Symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

There are antiviral medicines you can take to prevent or treat swine flu. There is no vaccine available right now to protect against swine flu. You can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza by

1. Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
2. Washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. You can also use alcohol-based hand cleaners.
3. Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
4. Trying to avoid close contact with sick people.
5. Staying home from work or school if you are sick.

Treatments for swine flu

The swine flu in humans can be treated with the help of antiviral drugs. If such antiviral drugs are taken during the initial stage of the disorder, it can help to prevent further complications. However, proper medical treatments for getting relieved from the symptoms of the swine flu are also essential apart from taking antiviral drugs. Taking bed rest can prove beneficial to reduce stress and get relief from the symptoms of swine flu. Many experts recommend antiviral drugs like Relenza and Tamiflu to treat swine flu. However, it is necessary to take doctor?s advice for treating swine flu to avoid complications.

How to prevent swine flu?

First of all, avoid contacts with infected people and wear N-95 mask.

Swine flu can be prevented by taking proper cleanliness measures while dealing with pigs. Maintaining cleanliness in farms, using masks and gloves etc; can help to prevent transmission of swine flu virus through pigs. At the same time, it is also essential to vaccinate the pigs and take veterinarian's help to prevent swine flu in them. Preventing swine flu in pigs is a first step towards prevention of swine flu in humans. Further, maintaining proper cleanliness and approaching the physician after observing mild symptoms of swine flu can help to prevent swine flu.
The outbreak of swine flu is not only affecting the health of human beings but also their lifestyle. The recent outbreak of swine flu has affected the travel and tourisms of the countries in which swine flu is likely to spread. The reason behind this condition is that people are cancelling their trips to such countries with the fear of getting affected by swine flu. Therefore, we can say that the swine flue has indirectly affected the overall living of the human beings. Hence, it is necessary to have proper knowledge about such disorders to take preventive measures.