It is important to know what the symptoms of swine flu are, in order to recognize them at their early stage and react as soon as possible.
Swine flu indications are mild, with symptoms similar to those of seasonal influenza and just a small number of people have more serious symptoms. Having fever or high temperature (over 38°C/100.4°F) in combination with couple of following symptoms may indicate you have a swine flu, which should be confirmed by a doctor.
There are other indications: headache, body aches, nasal secretions, sore throat, vomiting or diarrhea, tiredness, loss of appetite etc. More serious swine influenza infection sign may be pneumonia and respiratory system failure.
If you notice flu-like signs, remain resting at home, take painkillers to relieve symptoms. Contacting the nearest doctor, who will determine the most appropriate treatment, is always a good idea. Some people also get better just by staying in bed, taking plenty of water, taking regular flu medication and going through it just like through any mild illness. Still, there are risk groups which should pay more attention to this type of influenza. Those particular groups are: children and pregnant women, people older than 65, chronic heart, liver, lung, kidney or eve neurological disease patients etc. In case you recognize yourself in one of these risk groups and have experienced some of the mentioned signs – it is vital to refer to physician and start with treatment as soon as possible.
This type of flu is likely to spread by direct contact with respiratory secretions of a person that is already infected and has swine flu, for example coughing and sneezing close to you. Already contaminated patients are contagious for one day before and up to seven days after they begin to have symptoms and get sick.