Tips to prevent swine flu
People should follow basic hygiene such as covering their nose while sneezing, using a handkerchief or tissue while coughing, avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth to avoid the spread of the flu.
How can it be treated?
Treatment for swine flu should not be delayed because it leads to complications and the risk of death. People with co-morbidities such as hypertension, diabetes and pregnancy, as well as senior citizens should be more careful. Patients with proven swine flu should be given anti-viral medication.
The treatment depends on the severity of the flu. Supportive care such as drinking liquids, and taking pain relievers for fever and headache are helpful for people with mild symptoms.
However, if a patient is suffering from chronic symptoms, he or she should immediately visit the doctor and begin the required medications to help relieve the symptoms.
Some more prevention tips to follow
* Consumption of liquids such as water, juice and warm soups will help prevent dehydration.
* Patients suffering from Swine flu should get the required rest and sleep to help their immune system fight infection.
* Consumption of over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) after consulting the doctor can help provide the required relief.