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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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 »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »
Can you let me know if there are any vaccines for swine flu?
Query: Hi doctor, My baby is 1 year old. We are going to travel to our native place, and I heard that swine flu is epidemic there. So, I am very much scared about it. Kindly suggest some vaccination or a doctor who can provide a solution. How can we save our baby from this kind of disease? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You can vaccinate the baby with the Vaxigrip (inactivated influenza) vaccine for swine flu, two weeks before the travel. Prevent the child from coming into contact with many people at a time. 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 »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »
Can bronchoscopy help in lung collapse caused due to pneumonia?
Query: Hi doctor, My uncle has been admitted to a hospital, after a week of high-grade fever along with a cough, which gradually increased. They took a chest x-ray and blood tests and confirmed that it is pneumonia, and my uncle was on O2. He was also suspected for swine flu, and we waited for the reports,... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen all the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) This history seems to be of acute viral pneumonitis, probably due to a new unknown strain or H1N1. Sometimes, cultures may be negative while he can still harbor it. The CT scan is sugg... 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 »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, 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 thei... Read Full »
My son has a fever since two months. How to get it under control?
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 »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »
I suffer from a severe cold and running nose, and I am taking antibiotics. Can I use an over-the-counter nasal spray for better relief?
Query: Hello doctor, I have a very severe cold with a runny nose and a lot of cough and sneezing. I am taking Amoxicillin with Ibugesic plus for fever. Now, can I take any over-the-counter nasal spray which can give instant relief? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The best home remedy will be to take a steam inhalation four to five times a day. Regarding the nasal spray, taking Nasivion nasal spray (Oxymetazoline), two sprays in each nostril, twice a day for three days might provide some relief. If your symptoms persist consult ... 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 s... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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: Tab Dynapar (a combinat... Read Full »
Why did I develop Guillain-Barre syndrome after swine flu vaccination?
Query: Hi doctor, I developed Guillain-Barre syndrome after I receive the swine flu vaccine. Can I ask if it would be recommended for me to get the COVID-19 vaccine, or is there any particular vaccine I should avoid? I would appreciate any advice possible. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sorry to hear about your past happening. GBS after a vaccine is a known complication post-vaccination. GBS is a disease that can occur even after an episode of sore throat or diarrhea. So it happens because, after infection, our body makes antibodies that cross-react w... Read Full »
What is the treatment of pneumonitis?
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 »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »