Swine Flu Symptoms
The symptoms of swine flu are often similar to the symptoms of other strains of the flu. If you suspect you may have swine flu, see your doctor, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma or a compromised immune system. While you're sick with swine flu, drink plenty of clear liquids and get as much rest as possible. You can also take an over the counter pain reliever like acetaminophen, if necessary. Avoid being around other people as much as possible to prevent the spread of illness.
- Fever. Although not everyone with swine flu will get a fever, it is common.
- Sore throat. Sucking on cough drops and drinking warm tea or broth can help ease sore throats from swine flu.
- Cough. This is one of the most common trademarks of any type of flu, including swine flu.
- General aches and pains. This achy feeling is what the over the counter pain relievers will really come in handy for.
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea. Again, not everyone will get every symptom, but some people have stomach troubles with the swine flu.
- Headaches and fatigue. The overwhelming urge to lay on the couch with a cool washcloth on your head and watch old sitcoms in the dark with the volume turned down low could be a sign of swine flu.
- Chills are often a sign of the flu. Bundle up with layers of sweatshirts and grandma's afghans and keep drinking the warm liquids.
To prevent swine flu, there is a vaccine available. Wash your hands often, especially during flu season. Disinfect common surfaces before touching, like shopping cart handles. And last but not least, avoid sick people if you can.