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Remedies for Swine Flu

Friday, September 9th, 2011

We are experiencing a new disease called swine flu virus which started in Mexico spreading to the US and the rest of the world reaching pandemic proportion. At this moment the best approach to the swine flu virus is to preventing it from infecting us in the first place, for that there are many steps that the population has to learn and practice diligently, (more on that later). If we get infected by the swine flu virus there are a number of conventional treatments available and they must be used in all cases, however there are also many home remedies for swine flu virus that can help mitigate the symptoms.

What is the swine flu virus?

Is a virus that affects the respiratory tract it’s a very contagious virus. There are three types of viruses (A, B, C) plus there are several sub-types. The Mexican government identified the new A (H1N1) swine flu in May 2009. This virus in particularly affects every body regardless of age, however children and the elderly have more mortality risk.

1: Take Vitamin C to boost immune system and increase the number of white blood cells

2: Take Zinc lozenges, it boosts the immune system as soon the symptoms develop.

3: Colloidal silver kills viruses.

4: Take Garlic capsules to decrease de growth of the virus.

5: Make a tea mixing:

1 tsp. bayberry bark.
1 tsp. grated ginger root.
½ tsp. cayenne powder.
1 cup of boiling water.
Let it sit for 20 minutes.

6: Take “cold and flu” tablets this homeopathic preparation has help people avoid getting infected with the flu virus by taking 1 tablet a day throughout the flu season.

7: Take arsenicum album if thirsty but feel better drinking warm fluids, lack of appetite, body aches, and feel worse during the night.

8: Take bryonia if cough, throat and chest pain, dry mouth and lips, very thirsty.

9: Mix two tablespoons of vinegar, one tablespoon of honey, and one cup of warm water each morning. This may prevent and kill microbes

 

Colds and the flu: Symptoms and treatment

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
You’ve been taking your vitamins, eating your vegetables, exercising and trying hard to get enough shut-eye – and even so, that tickle in your throat tells you your body’s about to do battle with another cold or flu virus. But which one is it, and what should you do to lessen the symptoms? Read on for tips on the best cold and flu treatment options.
Is it a cold or the flu?
In a certain sense, it doesn’t matter whether you’ve got a cold or the flu – either way, your body’s telling you that it needs a break to heal, and it’s best to stay home as much as possible to avoid spreading the virus to others. But the flu is definitely a more serious illness, especially in children and the elderly, and warrants special care and treatment.
Generally, colds start with a runny nose, nasal congestion, mild cough and dry, scratchy throat, says Denise C. Marion, RN, a nurse practitioner at South-East Ottawa Centre for a Healthy Community. Most of the time, the symptoms are a nuisance but not incapacitating. Flu, on the other hand, comes on suddenly and “boom – it leaves you feeling wiped,” says Marion. Along with extreme fatigue come chills and fever, aches and pains and headache.
Although it’s not always possible to tell colds and the flu apart, says Marion, the strongest signs it’s the flu are the sudden onset, muscle aches and fatigue, while symptoms more in line with colds include sneezing and nasal congestion.
Cold and flu treatment
Only your immune system can cure a cold or flu, so treatment options should focus on relieving symptoms and strengthening your body’s defenses. “I think the most important thing is resting so that your body can fight off whatever it is that’s starting to take hold,” says Blossom Bitting, ND, a naturopathic doctor at Sage Health Centre in Moncton, N.B. And the sooner you slow down, the better. “If you catch it early enough, your chances of getting rid of it faster are better,” she says.
Bitting and Marion agree that the most important component of cold or flu treatment is to slow down and take care of yourself, not to just mask the symptoms with drugs and maintain your normal pace of life. They recommend the following:
• Get plenty of rest – listen to your body, even if it wants to sleep all day
• Stay home from work or school whenever possible, both for your own health and to avoid infecting others
• Drink plenty of fluids such as water, tea or watery soups; this “helps to keep your chest and nasal secretions loose,” says Marion
• Eat healthy whole foods with lots of fruits and vegetables; avoid excess sugars and fats, caffeine and alcohol
• Try supplementing with vitamin C and echinacea; it’s a hard thing to prove definitively, but studies have shown them to have a positive effect
• Increase humidity levels
• Avoid cigarette smoke

You’ve been taking your vitamins, eating your vegetables, exercising and trying hard to get enough shut-eye – and even so, that tickle in your throat tells you your body’s about to do battle with another cold or flu virus. But which one is it, and what should you do to lessen the symptoms? Read on for tips on the best cold and flu treatment options.
Is it a cold or the flu?In a certain sense, it doesn’t matter whether you’ve got a cold or the flu – either way, your body’s telling you that it needs a break to heal, and it’s best to stay home as much as possible to avoid spreading the virus to others. But the flu is definitely a more serious illness, especially in children and the elderly, and warrants special care and treatment.
Generally, colds start with a runny nose, nasal congestion, mild cough and dry, scratchy throat, says Denise C. Marion, RN, a nurse practitioner at South-East Ottawa Centre for a Healthy Community. Most of the time, the symptoms are a nuisance but not incapacitating. Flu, on the other hand, comes on suddenly and “boom – it leaves you feeling wiped,” says Marion. Along with extreme fatigue come chills and fever, aches and pains and headache.
Although it’s not always possible to tell colds and the flu apart, says Marion, the strongest signs it’s the flu are the sudden onset, muscle aches and fatigue, while symptoms more in line with colds include sneezing and nasal congestion.
Cold and flu treatmentOnly your immune system can cure a cold or flu, so treatment options should focus on relieving symptoms and strengthening your body’s defenses. “I think the most important thing is resting so that your body can fight off whatever it is that’s starting to take hold,” says Blossom Bitting, ND, a naturopathic doctor at Sage Health Centre in Moncton, N.B. And the sooner you slow down, the better. “If you catch it early enough, your chances of getting rid of it faster are better,” she says.
Bitting and Marion agree that the most important component of cold or flu treatment is to slow down and take care of yourself, not to just mask the symptoms with drugs and maintain your normal pace of life. They recommend the following:
• Get plenty of rest – listen to your body, even if it wants to sleep all day
• Stay home from work or school whenever possible, both for your own health and to avoid infecting others
• Drink plenty of fluids such as water, tea or watery soups; this “helps to keep your chest and nasal secretions loose,” says Marion
• Eat healthy whole foods with lots of fruits and vegetables; avoid excess sugars and fats, caffeine and alcohol
• Try supplementing with vitamin C and echinacea; it’s a hard thing to prove definitively, but studies have shown them to have a positive effect
• Increase humidity levels
• Avoid cigarette smoke

What treatment is available for swine flu.?

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

The best treatment for influenza infections in humans is prevention by vaccination. Work by several laboratories has recently produced vaccines. The first vaccine released in early October 2009 was a nasal spray vaccine. It is approved for use in healthy individuals ages 2 through 49. This vaccine consists of a live attenuated H1N1 virus and should not be used in anyone who is pregnant or immunocompromised. The injectable vaccine, made from killed H1N1, became available in the second week of October.

This vaccine is approved for use in ages 6 months to the elderly, including pregnant females. Both of these vaccines have been approved by the CDC only after they had conducted clinical trials to prove that the vaccines were safe and effective. However, caregivers should be aware of the vaccine guidelines that come with the vaccines, as occasionally, the guidelines change. Please see the sections below titled “Can novel H1N1 swine flu be prevented with a vaccine?” and the timeline update for the current information on the vaccines.

Two antiviral agents have been reported to help prevent or reduce the effects of swine flu. They are zanamivir (Relenza) and oseltamivir (Tamiflu), both of which are also used to prevent or reduce influenza A and B symptoms. These drugs should not be used indiscriminately, because viral resistance to them can and has occurred. Also, they are not recommended if the flu symptoms already have been present for 48 hours or more, although hospitalized patients may still be treated past the 48-hour guideline.

Severe infections in some patients may require additional supportive measures such as ventilation support and treatment of other infections like pneumonia that can occur in patients with a severe flu infection. The CDC has suggested in their interim guidelines that pregnant females can be treated with the two antiviral agents.

Treatment for Swine flu

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

The Swine flu is on everyone’s mind these days and if you are unfortunate to catch the swine flu there are few things you can do to treat it and keep from spreading it. This of course depends on the severity of the case of the flu get as well. First off there is a vaccine now to prevent the swine flu. Right now there is a bit of controversy with the swine flu vaccine so it’s up to you decide if you want it or not.

During the mid-20th century, identification of influenza subtypes became possible, allowing accurate diagnosis of transmission to humans. Since then, only 50 such transmissions have been confirmed. These strains of swine flu rarely pass from human to human.

Swine influenza virus is common throughout pig populations worldwide. Transmission of the virus from pigs to humans is not common and does not always lead to human influenza, often resulting only in the production of antibodies in the blood. If transmission does cause human influenza, it is called zoonotic swine flu.

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India’s swine flu toll jumps to 329

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Thirteen swine flu deaths, 10 in Maharashtra alone, were reported on Thursday in the country, taking the total toll to 329, health authorities said in New Delhi.

Also, a record 142 fresh cases were reported in the country, taking the number of people affected with the flu to 10,375.

While three deaths were reported from Maharashtra, that tops the chart of recording the maximum deaths in the country Thursday, seven deaths that had occurred earlier were found to be due to the contagious virus, health authorities said. The seven deaths in the state were reported between Sep 26 to 29.

“The laboratory confirmation came Thursday, which showed that all these deaths were because of the flu,” an official said.

With these ten deaths, the toll in the state has gone up to 130 – the highest in the country.

In Andhra Pradesh, two people died due to the flu, taking the total toll in the southern state to 36. The two people had died Wednesday, but laboratory confirmation came on Thursday.

One death was also reported in the Indian capital. With this, the toll in the state state has gone up to 14.

Three suspected deaths were also reported from Gujarat, but officials said they are awaiting the laboratory reports for confirmation.

“Till date, samples from 43,421 people have been tested for Influenza A (H1N1) in government laboratories and a few private laboratories across the country and 10,375 of them have been found positive,” a statement issued here said.

The national capital reported the maximum fresh cases Thursday. A total of 39 people were tested positive for the flu in Delhi, followed by Maharashtra where 35 people were detected with the virus.

The other states were – Tamil Nadu (18), Karnataka (12), Haryana (12), Andhra Pradesh (10), Kerala (9), Uttar Pradesh (6) and Gujarat (1).

Indian swine flu deaths top 100

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

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The number of people to die of swine flu in India has crossed 100, health officials say.

The new deaths have been reported from the states of Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and the worst-hit Maharashtra state.

Deaths have now been reported in at least eight Indian cities, with the death toll highest in the city of Pune.

There are nearly 4,000 cases of the H1N1 virus in India. Some schools have closed temporarily because of the outbreak of the disease.

Reports say some 15 patients are undergoing treatment for the flu in various hospitals in Pune, where 31 people have died of the infection.

Maharashtra state has recorded the highest number of deaths (48) followed by Tamil Nadu (15) and capital Delhi (12), the reports say.

Last month, colleges and cinemas in Mumbai were temporarily closed because of fears about the spread of flu.

The virus is thought to have killed more than 1,700 people around the world.

On Monday, Bangladesh reported its first fatality.

The swine flu (H1N1) virus first emerged in Mexico in April and has since spread to many countries.

Many of India’s confirmed cases of swine flu have been among people who have returned from overseas travel.

Passenger screening has been introduced across India’s main 22 international airports.

Source / courtesy: BBC

How do people become infected with influenza A (H1N1)?

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Outbreaks in humans are now occurring from human-to-human transmission. When infected people cough or sneeze, infected droplets get on their hands, drop onto surfaces, or are dispersed into the air. Another person can breathe in contaminated air, or touch infected hands or surfaces, and be exposed.

Source: Ministry of Health

Image:  A mother puts on a surgical mask for her daughter as they arrive for a H1N1 flu screening at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in New Delhi Photographs: Fayaz Kabli/Reuters

Image: A mother puts on a surgical mask for her daughter as they arrive for a H1N1 flu screening at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in New Delhi Photographs: Fayaz Kabli/Reuters

Revised Guidelines for testing of persons with flu like symptoms reporting at hospitals notified for influenza H1N1

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Revised Guidelines for testing of persons with flu like symptoms reporting at hospitals notified for influenza H1N1

So far, the present guidelines stipulate that a person suspected of influenza A H1N1 need to be referred to an identified govt. health facility. He/she needs to be kept in an isolation facility in that hospital and if found positive, is treated accordingly.

In order to make the testing facility for H1N1 more accessible at large and due to the onset of the Influenza season in the country, it has been decided to revise the existing guidelines.
Under the new guidelines, any person with flu like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, cold, running nose etc. should go to a designated Government facility for giving his/her sample for testing for the H1N1 virus. After clinical assessment, the designated medical officer would decide on the need for testing. Except for cases that are severe, the patient would be allowed to go home (This was not allowed under the existing guidelines).
The sample of the suspect case would be collected and sent to the notified laboratory for testing. If tested as positive for H1N1 and in case the symptoms are mild, the patient would be informed and given the option of admission into the hospital or isolation and treatment at his own home.

In case the patient opts for home isolation and treatment, he/she would be provided with detailed guidelines / safety measures to be strictly adhered to by the entire household of the patient. He/ she would have to provide full contact details of his entire household. The house hold and social contacts would be provided with the preventive treatment.
Notwithstanding the above guidelines, the decision of the doctor of the notified hospital about admitting the patient would be final.

In case the test is negative, the patient will accordingly be informed.

These guidelines have been issued by the Government in public interest and shall be reviewed from time to time depending on the spread of the pandemic and its severity in the country. These guidelines would however not apply to passengers who are identified through screening at the points of entry. The existing policy of isolating passengers with flu like symptoms would continue.

Source / Courtesy: mohfw

Swine flu India: Centre issues fresh guidelines

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Courtesy:TOI

H1N1: When can private labs test?

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Private hospitals are being considered by the government to start treating swine flu patients with immediate effect. Some are expected to start functioning in the next couple of days.

Source / courtesy: ndtv

How does swine flu virus spread?

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

The new swine flu virus is highly contagious, that is it spreads from person to person. The virus is spread through the droplets that come out of the nose or mouth when someone coughs or sneezes. If someone coughs or sneezes and they do not cover it, those droplets can spread about one metre (3ft). If you are very nearby you might breathe them in.

Or, if someone coughs or sneezes into their hand, those droplets and the virus within them are easily transferred to surfaces that the person touches, such as door handles, hand rails, telephones and keyboards. If you touch these surfaces and touch your face, the virus can enter your system, and you can become infected.

Swine Flu – Will it help to wear a mask?

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

swine-flu-maskInformation on the effectiveness of facemasks and respirators for decreasing the risk of influenza infection in community settings is extremely limited. So, it is difficult to assess their potential effectiveness in decreasing the risk of Swine Flu virus transmission in these settings. However, a well-fitted, FDA-approved mask together with other preventive measures MAY reduce the risk of contracting the flu. Those who are sick or caring for someone who is ill should consider using a mask or respirator if leaving the house becomes necessary.

Source: CDC

Swine Flu – Investigation

Saturday, August 15th, 2009
  • The rRT-PCR Swine Flu Panel diagnostic test is used to scan samples from flu patients to determine if they have the new strain but the current tests cannot detect all the virus subtypes that are suspected of creating the new strain of swine flu
  • In the rRT-PCR Swine Flu Panel diagnostic test, a nasal or nasopharyngeal swab is used to amplify the genetic profile of the virus. A positive test result presumably concludes that the patient is carrying the swine flu but it cannot determine the stage of infection and a negative test result does not conclude that a person does not carry the swine flu virus
  • This test is done in a specialized laboratory and is not done by many clinics or hospital laboratories

How to keep away from getting the swine flu?

Friday, August 14th, 2009
People stand at a counter to get information on swine flu at Sassoon Hospital in Pune, where at four people have died from the virus. — Photo by AP

People stand at a counter to get information on swine flu at Sassoon Hospital in Pune, where at four people have died from the virus. — Photo by AP

How to keep away from getting the flu?

First and most important: Follow simple steps as cough etiquettes (covering mouth and nose with handkerchief or tissue paper while coughing), stay at least an arm’s length from persons coughing or sneezing, avoid gathering and wash your hands frequently. Try to stay in good general health. Get plenty of sleep, he physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.

What can I do to protect myself from getting sick ?

(1) Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

(2) Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

(3) Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

(4) Try to avoid close contact with people having respiratory illness.

(5) If one gets sick with influenza, one must stay at home, away from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. However, if one is having any respiratory distress, one should report to a nearby hospital.

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The Truth About Swine Flu: Surviving The Pandemic Of 2009.

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

The Truth About Swine Flu: Surviving The Pandemic Of 2009. Comprehensive Guide To Swine Flu Including Its History, How It Kills, And How To Treat And/or Survive The Virus As Well As Additional Health Information To Treat And Prevent The Infection Naturally. Click here for more details
“What will you do if you start experiencing the symptoms of SWINE FLU?! Take a stand and act now before it is too late! By reading this life saving guide you will have all that you need to be prepared for this imminent pandemic. “
In September 2005, David Nabarro, a lead UN health official warned that a flu outbreak could happen anytime and had the potential to kill 5-150 million people.

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Some Facts of Swine Flu

Thursday, August 13th, 2009
  • Pork and other pig-derived products (like ham, sausages, etc) if properly handled and cooked do not transmit swine flu as the flu virus is killed by cooking temperature of 160 degree F (70 degree C)
  • As per research studies, any new virus which is able to spread from an animal to a person and then spread from person to person – is always a source of concern as such virus when in human to human transmission can continue to mutate making it difficult to treat
  • Studies also say that a new strain of the flu virus can spread faster because people do not have natural immunity and the development of vaccine to such virus may take months
  • If you have any symptoms then it is advisable to refer to your doctor at the earliest as an early treatment is found to be effective in the cases of swine flu

Treatment for Swine Flu

Thursday, August 13th, 2009
  • Antivirals: Oseltamivir and Zanamivir – are recommended for the treatment and prevention of the infection with swine flu virus
  • If a person gets sick, antiviral drugs, which work best if started within 2 days of getting symptoms, can make the illness milder as well as prevent serious flu complications, and hence, make the patient feel better faster
  • These drugs should not be used indiscriminately as viral resistance to them can occur
  • Severe infections in some patients may require additional supportive measures such as ventilation support and treatment of other infections/complications like pneumonia that can occur in patients with a severe flu infection
  • These medications must be prescribed by a health care professional

Tips for everyone – if you think you have H1N1 FLU

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

EVERYONE SHOULD:swine-flu
· Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue
when you cough or sneeze
· Wash your hands often with soap and
water or use an alcohol-based hand gel.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose or
mouth.
· Avoid contact with ill persons.

Source: http://www.mohfw.nic.in

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Swine Flu treatment, medicines for swine flu.

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Antiviral drugs can be used to treat swine flu or to prevent infection with swine flu viruses. The anti-viral medicines oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) are being used to treat people with swine flu. Antiviral drugs work by preventing the flu virus from reproducing. To be effective you need to take them within 48 hours of the symptoms beginning. These flu drugs can decrease the duration of the flu by 1 to 2 days if used within this early time period. These antivirals are usually given for a period of about 5-7 days. It’s unclear whether these drugs can prevent complications of the flu. Tamiflu is approved for prevention and treatment in people 1 year old and older. Relenza is approved for treatment of people 7 years old and older and for prevention in people 5 years old and older. These medications must be prescribed by a health care professional.

Side effects: Side effects of antiviral drugs may include nervousness, poor concentration, nausea, and vomiting. Relenza is not recommended for people with a history of breathing problems, such as asthma, because it may cause a worsening of breathing problems. Discuss side effects with your doctor.

Self medication: Antibiotics are a no-no. Chances are that antibiotics will not help your flu symptoms. That’s because flu, colds, and most sore throats and bronchitis are caused by viruses. In addition, taking antibiotics when you have a virus may do more harm than good. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed increases your risk of getting an infection later that resists antibiotic treatment. Antibiotics only cure certain infections due to bacteria — and if taken carelessly, you may get more serious health problems than you bargained for.

Is there a vaccine to treat swine flu virus? No, there isn’t a vaccine yet. But vaccines are being made in large quantities. Clinical tests will begin in August 2009. Depending on how long federal officials wait for the results of these tests, tens of millions of doses of swine flu vaccine could be ready as soon as September 2009, with more vaccine becoming available each month thereafter. The first doses of vaccine likely will go to pregnant women and young children ages 6 months to 4 years, with older school kids to follow.

Source /courtesy: Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Health Service, UK website, WebMD