Swine flu symptons are similar to the symptoms of the regular flu, and include fever, headache, body aches, chills, fatigue, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, and coughing. Swine flu symtoms may also include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, which are not common with the regular flu. Swine flu symptons may be more severe than regular flu symptoms, but this is not always the case. In fact, many cases of swine flu are rather mild.
Swine flu symtoms usually last for about a week. Symptoms may last longer in children. If you have symptoms that last longer than a week, you should see your doctor.
Of course many people are concerned about how to prevent swine flu symptons. A vaccine has been approved and is expected to be available around mid-October 2009. Some people are concerned about the safety of the swine flu vaccine, since it is being developed so quickly. However, it will be similar to the regular flu vaccine, which has been proven safe and effective (the regular flu vaccine won't protect you against swine flu, though).
There is a homeopathic remedy called Instant Immunity that can be used to prevent getting swine flu, as well. We'll tell you more about that in just a moment.
You can also keep from catching swine flu by avoiding people who have swine flu symtoms. The problem is that people who have swine flu may be contagious as much as 24 hours before they begin to experience symptoms, and of course some people will go out in public even when they are sick and should probably be staying home. So it is not always possible to avoid people who are sick.
Washing your hands frequently can go a long way toward keeping you healthy. If you can't wash, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Swine flu symptons can often be treated with over-the-counter medications. You can take Tylenol or ibuprofen for fever, body aches, and headache. You can take antihistamines for sneezing and a runny nose. You can take a cough suppressant for cough, and use throat lozenges for a sore throat. There are a number of over-the-counter flu remedies available that combines several different types of medication in order to treat multiple symptoms. If you're not sure what to buy, call your doctor or ask the pharmacist.
There are prescription antiviral medications that are sometimes used to treat the flu. These speed the recovery process by preventing the virus from replicating itself. Swine flu will usually go away even without antiviral medications, however; the virus simply runs its course.
If you want to get a swine flu vaccine, see your doctor in mid-October. If you develop swine flu symptons, you may not need medical care. Remember, most people recover without any treatment. However, if your swine flu symtoms seem particularly severe or if they last longer than one week, if you have a very high fever, if you have trouble breathing, or if you have pre-existing conditions, you should see a doctor.
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