Q. What precautions should I take if I tested positive for swine flu?

Answered by Dr. Mohammed Parvez and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

 

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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?


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Dr. Mohammed Parvez
MD., MBBS., AMERICAN BOARD OF INTERNAL MEDICINE ., ACLS
General Medicine, Internal Medicine

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 a specialist.

Get well soon.

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Thank you doctor,

I just tested positive for swine flu. What should I do now? Should I stop taking the antibiotic? Secondly, what about Ibugesic plus? Also, are there any precautions that I will need to take?

 

Dr. Mohammed Parvez
MD., MBBS., AMERICAN BOARD OF INTERNAL MEDICINE ., ACLS
General Medicine, Internal Medicine

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • Yes. You can stop the antibiotics if it is confirmed as swine flu.
  • Visit a local government hospital as they may start you on an antivirus Tamiflu (Oseltamivir).
  • Please keep yourself well hydrated.

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Thank you doctor,

I went to the hospital and was prescribed Tamiflu and Dolo 650. Can I take Ibugesic plus instead of Dolo 650? Is it safe to have Ibugesic plus in swine flu?

 

Dr. Mohammed Parvez
MD., MBBS., AMERICAN BOARD OF INTERNAL MEDICINE ., ACLS
General Medicine, Internal Medicine

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • Yes. You can either have Dolo 650 (Paracetamol) or Ibugesic plus (a combination of Ibuprofen and Paracetamol), after food.
  • Please wear a mask so that your infection does not spread to others in the family.

Take care.

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Thank you doctor,

Please tell me how I will know that my swine flu is alright. Will it be negative when I take the test? For how long would it be contagious for others?

 

Dr. Mohammed Parvez
MD., MBBS., AMERICAN BOARD OF INTERNAL MEDICINE ., ACLS
General Medicine, Internal Medicine

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • I would advise you not to panic. Your symptoms may last for the next three to five days, but you may feel a weakness for the next two weeks. Therefore, it is important to keep yourself hydrated and take small but frequent meals.
  • Your infection will be contagious to others for the next three to five days.

Stay relaxed.

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Thank you doctor,

What about diet restrictions? Do I have to eat only vegetables or can I eat chicken and fish as well? Secondly, when can I expect my test to be negative again?

 

Dr. Mohammed Parvez
MD., MBBS., AMERICAN BOARD OF INTERNAL MEDICINE ., ACLS
General Medicine, Internal Medicine

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • You can eat any food that you normally eat.
  • You do not have to repeat the test again.

Hope you are doing well.

For more information consult an internal medicine physician online --> https://icliniq.com./ask-a-doctor-online/internal-medicine-physician

 

Thank you doctor,

I am feeling better than yesterday. The sneezing and coughing are better too. But, I am feeling dizzy.

 

Dr. Mohammed Parvez
MD., MBBS., AMERICAN BOARD OF INTERNAL MEDICINE ., ACLS
General Medicine, Internal Medicine

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

It is good to know that you are improving.

  • Regarding your symptoms, just continue to drink more water.

For more information consult an internal medicine physician online --> https://icliniq.com./ask-a-doctor-online/internal-medicine-physician

 
 
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