There are many symptoms of H1N1 virus. It is one of the scariest health related problems during the winter season. It is a new strain of the common seasonal flu and so many people are scared to think about yet another type of flu. If you know what to expect from this flu, you can reduce the symptoms and even perhaps stop worrying about it.
As I mentioned it is a new strain of flu. In fact, scientists believe it is very similar to a flu that was around in the early 1900s. There was also a similar breakout of this flu in the 1970s and so we have seen this flu before. It has spread pretty wide to different countries and other continents as well, which is the reason that the CDC considered it a pandemic and also rated it as very serious.
The swine flu symptoms are similar to that of the common seasonal flu. You will feel similar aches and pains, coughing, fever, etc. However, the only way to really tell if you have swine flu is to have a doctor take a swab sample from your mouth and have it analyzed. This is called a mouth and throat culture.
The culture is sent out to a lab for analysis. Once the labs test your sample, they can tell you if you have influenza A, which is swine flu or influenza B which is the seasonal flu.
Most, if not everyone, has had some type of flu. You know what it feels like. You get a cough or a sore throat. Sometimes with the sore throat you’ll also have a fever. The fever is a telltale sign that you have an infection. This is your body’s way of trying to fight off the virus or influenza. The trick though is figuring out what type of infection it is.
You can also get some type of respiratory problem that crops up. You might also get aches, chills, a runny nose, headaches and even perhaps diarrhea. Some people have even gotten rashes along with the sore throat. Scarlett fever is the name for this type of condition.
One of the most important things to do to reduce the symptoms of any type of flu is to stay hydrated. In other words, drink plenty of fluids to fight off the infection.
The flu can also get worse, though. This will be more so for people who are in the high risk group or people who have immune deficiencies. In these cases, the symptoms can include problems with breathing, high fever, rash and general lethargy. But in addition, to these symptoms, you can have chest pains, vomiting and severe dizziness.
The symptoms of H1N1 flu are certainly more serious than the seasonal flu. If you do get it, your doctor can prescribe antiviral medicine which will reduce not only the symptoms but the length of the flu.