Swine Flu: Facts Fast H1N1 Part Swine Symptoms Treatment
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Symptoms of Swine Flu H1N1 are the same as any flu: cough, sore throat, aches, headache, chills, fever, and fatigue; there can also be diarrhea and vomiting. Sinus infections, ear infections, or Pneumonia can develop. Swine Flu H1N1 is not a “killer flu,” and many of the reported cases are considered mild. But age and health place some people at risk for more serious effects.
The following are at risk for a more serious course of flu or complications:
· Pregnant women
· Those with preexisting medical conditions such as diabetes, kidney failure, and respiratory disease
· Infants and young children
· The elderly
· The immune compromised
· Medically fragile individuals
· People who live in group setting such as prisons or migrant labor camps
· People who might delay medical care for financial reasons
Treatment of Swine Flu H1N1
Antiviral treatments (such as Tamiflu and Relenza) are available and are most effective if begun within two days of the onset of symptoms. Discuss side effects with your prescribing doctor before deciding upon treatment. Antiviral treatments are not recommended for infants under one year of age. Follow your physician’s recommendations for relief from aches and cough and to manage diarrhea and vomiting. Do not go to the Emergency Department for flu-like symptoms. In the online article “Swine Influenza and You,” the CDC recommends urgent or emergency care for the following symptoms:
· Shortness of breath, breathing too fast, pain with deep breaths
· Uncontrollable vomiting
· Signs of dehydration: decreased urine production, crying without tears, eyes or inside of mouth appear dry, refusal or inability to drink
· Worsening fever and cough
· Chest or abdominal pain
· Skin appears blue or gray, especially around eyes, nose, and mouth
· Rash with fever
· In children: irritable, cannot be consoled, does not want to be held; cannot wake up, excessively sleepy, does not interact
Links to Frequently Updated Swine Flu H1N1 Information
CDC article “Swine Influenza and You.”
CDC article “Taking care of a person with Influenza A H1N1 Swine Flu in Your Home.”
Anara Midgett is a Registered Nurse with over twenty years of hospital and home care experience. She specializes in writing about healthcare, parenting, special needs, and disability related topics. To read more of Anara Midgett’s work, visit http://www.able2able.com
Swine Flu: Facts Fast H1N1 Hand Part Proper Swine Washing
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The recent news stories surrounding a possible H1N1 Swine Flu pandemic often contain advice to wash hands frequently to reduce the spread or severity of the flu. Hand washing and rinseless hand sanitizer use are the most effective ways of preventing the spread and reducing the severity of H1N1 and any flu virus. But did you know that there is actually a right way to wash and sanitize your hands?
The Chain of Cross Contamination
Joe has Swine Flu H1N1 and is contagious but his symptoms have not yet started. He covers a sneeze with his hand (X) while steering (X) his car up to the valet station of the building where he has an eye appointment. He then uses the same hand to put the car in park (X), hand his keys to the valet (X), open the door to the building (X), push the elevator buttons (X), and open the door to his eye doctor’s office (X). Joe picks up a clipboard (X), uses the receptionist’s pen to sign in (X), gives her his debit card for payment (X), then uses her pen again to sign the receipt (X). He takes a seat (X) while waiting, rubs his itchy nose with his fingers (X), checks his cell phone for messages (X), and looks at a magazine (X). Joe shakes the doctor’s hand (X), and places both hands on the armrests of the exam chair (X) as he settles in. The eye doctor uses one gloved hand to hold Joe’s eyelids open (X) while he uses the other to squeeze in drops. He plays with the bottle while they chat (X), then uses his gloved hand to open a drawer (X) and puts the bottle away (X). Joe wipes his eyes with a tissue (X) and places the tissue on the counter (X). The doctor uses an ungloved hand to throw away the used tissue (X) after Joe leaves. He greets the next patient with a firm handshake (X).
While every (X) does not guarantee the spread of Swine Flu H1N1, it is an opportunity for disease to be spread. Proper hand washing reduces the risk of reacquiring the same germs you tried to wash off, or of acquiring somebody else’s germs. In the absence of soap and water or in addition to hand washing, properly used alcohol-based rinseless hand sanitizers are an effective way to break the chain of cross contamination.
Proper Hand washing Technique
If you are using a public bathroom and it has air dryers, broken soap dispensers, or push faucets then use alcohol based hand sanitizer.
1. In a public bathroom, lower the paper towels before you turn on the water.
2. Wash your hands with warm water and antibacterial soap. Overly hot water and harsh soaps can damage the skin and interfere with its natural protective properties.
3. Scrub with soap and water for 15-20 seconds, lathering between fingers and under fingernails.
4. Rinse hands well - you are rinsing off the germs the washing loosened but did not kill.
5. Leave the water running, dry hands with a paper towel and then use the same paper towel to turn off the faucet and open public bathroom doors. If there is not a trash can by the door then throw your used paper towel on the floor, try not to handle it too much.
Use of Rinseless Hand Sanitizers to Prevent the Spread of H1N1 Swine Flu
Alcohol-basedhand gels or foams are the most effective of the rinseless hand cleaning products when it comes to killing viruses as well as bacteria.
1. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are an acceptable substitute for soap and water as long as you do not see dirt or bodily fluids on your hands.
2. Amount needed varies with each brand, but it should take longer than 10-15 seconds for your hands to dry.
3. Rub hands vigorously together until dry.
4. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer does not continue to kill germs after it has dried.
5. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is safe for children, however they need to be supervised to make sure they do not try to eat it.
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5116a1.htm Guidelines for Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings.
http://www.cdc.gov/cleanhands/ Clean Hands Save Lives, CDC printable poster
Anara Midgett is a Registered Nurse with over twenty years of hospital and home care experience. She specializes in writing about health care, parenting, special needs, and disability related topics. To read more of Anara Midgett’s work, visit http://www.able2able.com
Swine flu has brought a lot of fear all over the world. This word has now become one of the most terrible words. The correct knowledge can help you protect against it. Prevention is always better than cure. It is a type of influenza caused by H1N1 virus.
H1N1 virus is just another type of flu virus like other typical seasonal flu symptoms. The only difference is that the H1N1 virus has components of pig and bird influenza viruses in it, so that humans don’t have any immunity to it. This has made it a pandemic virus that has the ability to cause a global outbreak because it could easily spread from person-to-person.
Swine Flu H1N1 Symptoms
It is very important to recognize the signs and symptoms of swine flu in the early stage. Generally the symptoms of H1N1 are similar to those of the common winter influenza. The symptoms of this flu begin 1-4 days after being exposed to a contagious person. Sudden chills and fever are generally the first symptoms. Temperatures usually remain between 100F and 104F for many days.
Other signs and symptoms can include
Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
Dry cough, runny nose or stuffy nose, scratchy throat and head congestion
Body aches (myalgia)
Fatigue or tiredness
Sometimes diarrhea and vomiting
Emergency Warning Symptoms in Children
Signs of a more serious swine flu infection might include pneumonia and respiratory failure.
Trouble breathing or fast breathing
Gray or bluish skin color
Severe or persistent vomiting
Fever with a rash
Not waking up or not interacting
Not drinking enough fluids or liquid
Symptoms of flu improve but then return with worse cough and fever
Emergency Warning Symptoms in Adults
Difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath
Pain or pressure in the abdomen or chest
Severe or persistent vomiting
More serious symptoms indicate that the person with swine flu would need immediate medical attention.
To learn more about swine flu, how is it transmitted and prevention, you need to know the complete information on H1N1.
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Swine Flu: Altitude Bolivia's Capital Deaths More N1H1 Swine
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Did you know that people have already died in Bolivia from Swine Flu? The same strain that occurred in Mexico City and shut down the city of 20 million people? If you will recall when the Swine Flu epidemic broke out in Mexico City, hundreds of people died and the government in Mexico tried to downplay the number of deaths.
Still, as the pandemic, which the World Health Organization later determined was the more appropriate word, continued to spread to other nations there were fewer deaths and many people asked why. Could it be that since Mexico City is at a high altitude, and therefore people’s long capacity is more critical, and when their lungs fill up with fluid it doesn’t take as much to kill them?
How come more people died in Mexico City and in the United States very few people died when they got the flu of the exact same strain? This is an important question to ask. Did altitude have something to do with it, if so then Bolivia is in deep trouble in their capital city which is at 8500 feet, especially since they have already had cases of swine flu, and two people have already the died. This could prove to be a very difficult problem, and he could keep the swine-flu alive for much longer.
Meanwhile, Bolivia has international flights that leave the capital city for all sorts of nations including the United States. This is of serious consideration and is important that this time our government and the CDC take appropriate action. Now the N1H1 virus has been found in all over 100 nations and it has spread rapidly, it could very well modify itself and become virally more deadly when it is flu season in the fall and winter in the United States.
We should be thinking here.
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Swine Flu: Affects City Devastating Little Mexico Such Swine Very
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The swine flu outbreak in Mexico City and later turned World Pandemic according to the World Health Organization was quite an interesting case study. You see, many people died in Mexico City, but few died in other parts of the world, and it’s been found in 88 different countries. So, why did so many people die in Mexico City and so few elsewhere?
Well, I believe since it affected the lungs and those people were at higher altitude in Mexico City with greater pollution; the victim’s lungs had both less capacity due to thinner air and coated from the soot of the massive pollution there, thus, giving the virus total advantage in killing its host victims in that region. Interestingly enough, people in the Bolivian Capital had a severe reaction too, and it killed many people there as well.
Bolivia’s capital is at over 8,000 feet and although there is little pollution, you must realize that the lung capacity at that altitude is quite severe. Okay, so, all that makes sense right; but what about an additional scenario, or possible enhancement?
For instance, which “amino acids” are more prevalent in foods and diet of both Bolivians and Mexicans? Well, they have similar diets in many regards; “corn tortillas” for instance, which Mexicans eat every day, and so too do Bolivians, and yet, Americans eat very little, and Americans were not affected and did not have the number of deaths of people in these other nations either.
The reason I bring this up, is that I was reading a paper on Influenza strains by Guang Wu, and it triggered the question. And no where can I find an answer to this question. I therefore, propose it to the scientific community. And while you are at it, consider this; computer Viruses also seem to work this way, where one enabler is loaded onto the computer and then when it is infected by another incoming virus, the enabler opens the door!
Lance Winslow – Lance Winslow’s Bio. Lance Winslow thinks we should all communicate on the Swine Flu pandemic, and we ought to be calling each other on the phone; cheap calls
Feeling rundown, sneezing, coughing, or fatigued? All are symptoms of the flu, a contagious virus that usually spreads throughout the population during the late fall through early spring. The US experiences annual outbreaks of the seasonal flu however other variations include H1N1, bird flu and swine flu. Although many people who experience the flu recover after several sick days, certain groups of people are at higher risks for complications including death.
Flu symptoms are similar to many other conditions such as the common cold. Symptoms include but are not limited to fever, coughing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills, fatigue, vomiting, and diarrhea. Infected recipients may experience only one or two symptoms where as others experience a wide range of symptoms. Everyone experience symptoms differently. Because the flu spreads from person to person it’s best to limit contact with healthy individuals until after the disease has become non-contagious.
Follow these steps to prevent from getting this years flu virus.
The flu vaccine is offered yearly at clinics, hospitals, and health centers. The flu vaccine offers the greatest potential to avoid getting the flu.
Wash your hands with soap and water. Our hands come in contact with every possible germ each day. Alcohol based hand sanitizers also kill germs on contact. Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or touching communal equipment such as toilets, telephones and door handles.
Avoid touching your face. Germs can be spread from your hands into your mouth, nose and eyes, which lead into the bloodstream.
Avoid close contact with sick people. Wear gloves, and facemasks if you have to work around sick people.
Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands. Cover your mouth or nose with a tissue or sneeze or cough into your elbow. This limits the transfer of the virus to other people.
Stay healthy. Eat right, get appropriate nutrients, drink water, get enough sleep, limit stress and you will be less susceptible to the flu.
Sarah Labdar graduated with a BA in exercise science and has worked in the medical field since. Her focus is alternative medicine and how it interacts and works in conjunction with traditional medicine.
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Swine Flu: From Licensed LVNs Nursing Protecting Students Swine themselves Vocation
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A career as a Licensed Vocation Nurse can be disturbing if one is not aware of how to protect and prevent getting infections. The thought of these diseases can be very frightening when the media give us information about the dangers of the current infectious flu (Swine Flu or H1N1 virus) without the information we need to protect ourselves and our loved ones from this nearly global epidemic. Let’s try to simply this needed information.
Any type of influenza (also known as “the flu”) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a flu virus. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly and may include these symptoms:
*Fever (usually high)
*Extreme tiredness with muscle aches
*Runny or stuffy nose
*Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, also can occur but are more common in children than adults.
The Swine flu or H1N1 is a strain of influenza which seems to be more virulent than any other strain of flu that has been seen during this flu season. The flu vaccine that was distributed this year does not cover the H1N1 virus.
What Can I DO to Stay Healthy?
There are simple, everyday actions you can take to stay healthy. Although a flu is different from the common cold, the actions we must take are no different from the actions we take to prevent contamination by the common cold virus. To be specific:
*Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
If you don’t have a tissue handy, sneeze or cough into the crook of your elbow. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. It is best to not reuse tissues.
*Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Droplets can leave the virus on door knobs, keyboards, and any other surface that is covered by the sneeze or cough. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
Because influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of people infected with the flu, the most important action to take to stay healthy is to try to avoid close contact with sick people. You may want to avoid going into large crowds for a while, until the increase in cases of H1N1 flu start to decline. They are reportedly declining in Mexico, and it is hoped that the trend will spread to other countries experiencing this flu.
If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit your contact with other people to keep from infecting them. If you must leave your home, wear a disposable mask to protect others from other members of your family as much as possible. Open the windows to provide good ventilation without causing a draft. Dispose of tissues in a trash container that avoids contact between the moist tissues and other family members. Wash your hands often, and if a family member enters the room, be sure they wash their hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner before they touch their eyes, mouth or nose, or any object outside of the room.
As a professional or licensed vocation nurse you can educate patients and family alike. The person who is infected with flu is able to infect someone else for seven (7) days after the onset of symptoms. In fact, one day before it starts, you are able to give the flu virus to another person. So when you are plan your sick leave from work or school you need avoid infecting one another by being conscious of the incubation period also not just when the symptoms take effect, plan on at least (7) days from the onset of symptoms. LVNs in the Bay Area are very educated and diverse since so many cultures and hospitals as well as Bay Area Nursing schools are including these types of training and simple awareness in the ongoing Nursing Programs.
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This new “swine flu” passes easily from human to human (not from pig to human). Vaccinations work by introducing a weakened or dead strain of the virus into the body. The body builds up an immunity to the weakened or dead virus. When the full strength live virus tries to invade the body the body can fight back with the previously produced antibodies.
Antibiotics are only useful for secondary bacterial infections. They have no effect on viral infections. None at all. Nada. Nothing. Don’t think taking a series of antibiotics will prevent or treat swine flu, or any other virus for that matter.
While influenza is normally not a serious health risk there have been epidemics that have had fatal and far reaching effects. The influenza pandemic of 1917 – 1920 killed more people than the black plague, estimates range from 20 million to 50 million. Pandemic means that the disease has a wide geographic distribution. Most influenza viruses are air borne within a limited 6 foot range, which means you do not need to physically come in contact with an infected person to be infected yourself.
The very first documented case of (N1H1) Swine Flu is of a 5 year old boy in Mexico in early April. The boy lived in a small village of 3000 people in La Gloria in the state of Veracruz. Flu outbreak was reported in the village. Only the boy tested positive for swine flu. The village was next to a pig farm owned by the U.S. company Smithfield Foods. None of the pigs tested positive for swine flu or exhibited swine flu symptoms.
A new influenza strain can be dangerous if it spreads quickly and mutates as it goes. The body has no chance to build up an immunity and the medical community hasn’t time to develop a vaccine. Since the first case was reported April 2 the (H1N1) Swine Flu has spread to 4 continents and 11 countries in a little more than 4 weeks. That rate of infection is potentially dangerous. Keep in mind that while there may be less than 1000 cases officially documented there could be 100 times that many people actually infected. There is no regulation or law that says a person must see a doctor if they have flu symptoms or that the doctor must test for the flu. Many cases go unreported.
Previous flu viruses have an average infection rate of one person infecting two other people. Doesn’t sound like much does it? Look at it this way: if each person infects two other people within a 48 hour period (average length of time to become infected) by the end of 30 days that one person will have caused the infection of over 130,000 others. Within 45 days the rate accelerates and nearly 17 million people will have become infected. A flu outbreak can quickly reach massive proportions.
This is not medical advice. If you think you have (N1H1) Swine Flu or any other medical condition, please see your health professional.
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Swine Flu: Against Fight Glutathione Help Immune Levels Raising Swine System
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The Swine Flu, or, the new label, H1N1SOIV (Swine-Origin Influenza Virus), has burst onto the world scene with much alarm and fanfare. It’s all over the television news, the internet, newspapers; you name it.
Folks are flocking to purchase protective face masks, while manufacturers and distributors of these masks are reportedly experiencing a dramatic surge in production and sales. According to published reports, there is genuine cause for concern.
Combating this virus, which has already claimed the lives of more than 100 people in Mexico alone, according to some reports and which has spread to other countries, could prove to be a formidable task, even in the United States. Why? Well, there is presently no known cure for this strain of flu and with more than 50 million U.S. citizens uninsured, the number of those who could be adversely affected is staggering. Sadly, the U.S. has reported its first confirmed fatality from the virus; a 23 month-old child from Texas.
Whether you are insured or not, below are some practical and easily implemented strategies that you should immediately put into practice.
Keep clear of people who are obviously ill.
Frequently wash your hands.
Avoid unnecessary handshakes and kisses.
Get plenty of sleep (important to strengthening the immune system)
Fuel your immune system by raising glutathione levels.
This last strategy listed, related to glutathione (GSH) and the immune system, has hardly been talked about in the mainstream media, yet, the science behind this strategy is well-researched, documented and quite impressive.
So, what is glutathione you might ask?
In simple terms, glutathione, also referred to by the letters GSH (glutathione sulfhydryl), is a very small protein (peptide) that occurs naturally in the body, where it is assembled inside each and every cell; from the three amino acids, glycine, glutamate and cysteine.
It performs many important functions in the body.
However, for the purposes of this article, let me list three of the most important roles it plays.
Antioxidant (often call the “Master Antioxidant”)
Immune Enhancer (often call “Fuel” or “Food” for the immune system)
Detoxifier (its enzyme system eliminates pollutants, carcinogens, heavy metals, etc.)
Of note, however, is the fact that, of these three amino acids, cysteine, is, according to Dr. Jimmy Gutman, an expert in the field of glutathione, “absent, or deficient in many diets.” –From the book, GSH–Your Body’s Most Powerful Protector, p. 14.
Without adequate cysteine, glutathione cannot be sufficiently manufactured in the cells and this could lead to, among other things, a compromised immune system; and that would leave us vulnerable to disease. Clearly, a compromised immune system is no match for the insidious Swine Flu virus.
The good news is that there is a way to provide adequate amounts of needed cysteine to our diets so that optimal levels of gluathione can be raised, thus strengthening our immune systems.
Researchers have concluded that the most efficient and effective way to naturally raise glutathione in the body is by providing the needed precursors, or, building blocks directly to the cells, where the assembly process of making glutathione takes place.
Since, as researchers have found, cysteine will not make the trip from the mouth to the cells intact, it must be part of a larger protein to complete the journey.
Thankfully, a leading advanced research facility in Montreal, Canada, has developed, after more than thirty years of research and twenty-six published medical articles, a method of producing a bonded cysteine,” or, cysteine as part of a larger protein, that will safely and effectively transfer to the cells in our bodies. This results in raised glutathione levels and the strengthening of the immune system against disease.
Now, you can take a proactive step against disease… even the Swine Flu.
Wayne Holloway is a home-based business owner and 30-year asthmatic and bronchitis sufferer who found remarkable respiratory improvement after supplementing his diet with this unique bonded cysteine whey protein Isolate. For more information go to:
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With the world gripped by fear of the potential deadly effects of the swine flu epidemic, how can people be adequately prepared for the dangers without being crippled by fear and panic? People need to be informed, prepared, and then let go of fearful thoughts and be present in this moment.
People are obsessing over the swine flu breakout. Captivated by the media’s frightening images, they speculate with their friends and colleagues over potential hellish scenarios, and then worse, rehash them in their heads. It is easy to be tricked into thinking that allowing your mind to dwell on the crisis makes you more prepared and therefore safer. In fact, fear is crippling, not empowering.
There is some basic information that you need to know and take action on: the swine flu is spread the same way as any seasonal flu, person to person by coughing or sneezing or by touching secretions from the mouth and nose left by someone else and then touching their own nose and mouth. So, wash your hands frequently, keep your distance from people who are coughing or sneezing, do not share food and drinks, and avoid travel to Mexico until the epidemic is under control. If you develop flu symptoms, go see a doctor. Once you’ve taken the reasonable and necessary precautions to avoid contracting the swine flu, it’s time to manage your fears. There are three possible ways to deal with troublesome fears. Two are typical, unhealthy responses and one is healthy:
1. Worry – You start thinking about the swine flu. The thought arises “I’m really scared about what’s going to happen if this swine flu keeps spreading.” Your response to this thought is to feed on it. Like a cow you chew, swallow, and regurgitate these thoughts only to chew and swallow them again, entertaining various versions of the same thought.
You may continue thinking about it for 5 minutes, an hour, or 5 hours. This rumination can negatively impact both your mental and physical health manifesting as anxiety, insomnia, stress-induced illness or pain.
2. Supression – When fearful thoughts about the potential pandemic arise in your mind, you try to suppress them. You might say to yourself, “Why am I worrying about this? I’ve got to stop! What’s wrong with me? I should be thinking positively!” This kind of suppression doesn’t work either, because whenever you try to block something out, you actually give it more power.
3. The healthier alternative is to acknowledge your fears as they arise, then get back to what is happening right now. Witness your scary and worrisome thoughts in a more dispassionate way. Know that the anxious feelings you are having are a reaction to things that do not currently exist. Don’t judge or criticize yourself for having fearful thoughts.
Realize that thoughts are just items on a menu; you don’t have to make a meal of them. You can choose not to indulge in worry. Center yourself on being present in this moment. Some might tell you to distract yourself from your fearful thoughts, but with a subtle shift of thought you can realize that the fears are the distractions. They are keeping you from your real life. Reality is the here and now. Go for a walk with your spouse, play a game with you children, focus on doing your job at work, and watch the stress melt away.
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