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Swine Flu

Swine flu or H1N1 flu is a viral infection that causes fever, fatigue and shivering. It is found to have originated in those who had close interactions with pigs, and hence the name.

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I want to know about the swine influenza virus.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 30 year old female. My neighbor got diagnosed with swine flu last week. I would like to know a brief overview of the swine influenza virus. What are the typical symptoms of swine flu, and how do they differ from the common cold? What preventive measures can be taken to reduce th...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Swine influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory illness caused by the influenza A virus. It primarily affects pigs but can occasionally be transmitted to humans. The 2009 pandemic H1N1 virus, also known as the "swine flu," was a strain that c...  Read Full »

My son's X-ray shows a pneumonitic patch. Should we get him hospitalized?

Query: Hi doctor, My 2 and a half year old son had a high fever of 103 for four days. Then he was normal for five days but caught up with a cough and fever of less than 102. The doctor administered antibiotic Cefixime and Ibuprofen for five days, but the cough persisted. Though he appears normal at dayt...  Read Full »

Dr. Preeti Puranik

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please resend the attachment. If there is pneumonitis on the X-ray, it is better to admit him as it can spread. Intravenous antibiotics are more effective and the response is quick.We cannot differentiate H1N1 and pneumonia on the X-ray. We need to send the throat swab...  Read Full »

How to control and prevent swine flu?

Query: Hello doctor, Please tell the best way to how can we control, remove and also prevent the swine flu?  Read Full »

Dr. Gunda Srinivas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Swine flu is caused by a virus called H1N1 and H3N2 group of influenza viruses that are widespread across continents. Since they spread by aerosols, which means that a person having swine flu can spread it by just sneezing and coughing and people around can get infec...  Read Full »

I am worried that my son may have swine flu. Should we get him tested for swine flu?

Query: Hello doctor, My 26 month old son had a 100-degree fever yesterday morning. So, I gave him Combiflam and he was fine the entire day. The next morning, he got a fever of 103-degree. So, we took him to the doctor, who said that it is a throat infection. Besides a fever and mild cough, he did not have ...  Read Full »

Dr. Preeti Puranik

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If he is active otherwise, I suggest you continue the medicines which the doctor has prescribed for one more day and closely monitor him. If he is easily tired, and not too active, then the swine flu test can be considered. If he is active but, a high fever continues ...  Read Full »

How can my family and I minimize the risk of getting swine flu?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28-year-old woman residing in an area currently affected by a swine flu outbreak. I am concerned about the safety of my family and myself. Could you please guide how we can protect ourselves and minimize the risk of contracting swine flu during this outbreak? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. The most effective measure to prevent swine flu and other influenza virus infections is vaccination with a quadrivalent influenza vaccine each season. FluQuadri is an inactivated quadrivalent influenza vaccine admin...  Read Full »

How can I minimize swine influenza risks on the farm?

Query: Hello doctor,As an experienced employee on a pig farm, I am growing increasingly concerned about the potential risks associated with swine influenza. I would appreciate a comprehensive explanation of the swine influenza virus, its transmission, and the specific hazards involved in working closely wi...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Swine influenza is a respiratory disease primarily affecting pigs, but on rare occasions, it can also infect humans. While the swine influenza virus differs from the human influenza virus, there have been instances of the two viruses r...  Read Full »

My uncle can only breathe with artificial support. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, My uncle had a high fever for a week, along with a cough, which gradually increased. After no improvements even after taking medicines, we admitted him to a hospital near our place, where they took a chest x-ray and did blood tests. They confirmed it as pneumonia, and he was put on oxygen...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and the details that you have given. His history and available investigations suggest the possibility of swine flu. Swine flu has many variants, and H1N1 is one of them. If H1N1 is negative,...  Read Full »

My son has a fever for two months. How to manage?

Query: Hello doctor, My son, 3 years and 9 months old, has been suffering from a fever of 103 degrees, cough, and cold for the past two months. I have given him medications, but the fever is not getting controlled. Please give your suggestions.  Read Full »

Dr. Janrao Smit Uttam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If his symptoms have been the same for the last two months, you should show him to your nearest pediatric doctor, as he needs to be checked for swine flu and acute pharyngitis. Let him drink plenty of water. Complete the course of antibiotics as suggested by his doct...  Read Full »

Can my husband, who is attending to a relative diagnosed with swine flu, take preventive care?

Query: Hello doctor, My 46-year-old husband is caring for a sick relative who is in the hospital. As per the reports received today, the relative has been diagnosed with H1N1. Should my husband take any preventive medicines so that he does not get the virus? I heard that Tamiflu can be taken as a preventiv...  Read Full »

Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hello, Welcome to, Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) can be taken as prophylaxis in this case. I suggest a dose of 75 mg once a day for at least 10 days in the absence of any renal or liver derangements. Consult your physician, discuss with him or her, and start taking the medicines with their ...  Read Full »

Will swine flu manifest as on and off episodes of fever?

Query: Hello doctor, I am feeling feverish since yesterday. My sister is not well, and I was around her during the day. She went to a second doctor after 15 days of sore throat, pain, weakness, vomiting, fever, cough, phlegm, and breathlessness. Her new doctor asked her to do a chest X-Ray and CBC. He said...  Read Full »

Dr. Uphar Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Since these episodes are noticed after an exposure to a patient, you need to be careful. Flu, which is viral in origin, is very quick to spread. As it is a respiratory infection, it spreads through the air we breathe. I suggest the following: Tablet Dynapar (a combina...  Read Full »

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