Swine flu- how to identify, prevent and where to get treatment

Symptoms of Swine flu include:
A sudden fever – a temperature of 38C (100.4F) or above
A headache
Aching muscles or joint pain
A runny or blocked nose
How to prevent swine flu:
Herbal medicine:

Take one spoon of Herbal medicine 'Joshina' made by Hamdard company daily. Take is  with or without half cup room temperature water. It is avilable commonly at allopathic medicne shops, Ayurvedic and Unani medicine shops also. children can also take it. It contains Amaltas(Cassia fistula) , Tulasi(Ocimum tenuiflorum), Mulethi(Glycyrrhiza glabra),Gaozaban (Borago officinalis), Gulebanafsha(Viola odorata) which are preventive as well as curative herbs for All types of flu including Swine Flu and bird Flu.


Preventive Habits:

1. Avoid spread.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

2. Stay home when you are sick.

If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

3. Clean your hands.

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. 

6.Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, 

7. Manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food including lots of fruits.


High Risk Groups- These have high risk of getting infected with swine flu:
• Children younger than 5 years old;
• Adults 65 years of age and older;
• Chronic pulmonary condition (including asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension), renal, hepatic, hematological (including sickle cell disease), neurologic, neuromuscular, or metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus);
• Immunosuppression, including that caused by medications or by HIV;
• Pregnant women;
• Residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities;
• Obesity

Swine flu has an incubation period (the time taken for the symptoms to appear) of 1-4 days.

Most people recover within a week, even without special treatment.

Lab test for diagnosis of Swine flu:
RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction).

Take the patient to your nearest tertiary level hospital for expert guidance if you suspect swine flu. Or take to the specialized centre listed on this site: http://vikaspedia.in/health/diseases/infectious-diseases/govt-authorized-hospitals