Symptoms of swine flu and their comparison with cold or sinus infection
Awadhesh Kishore and Rakhi Sharma*
Sarvoday Mahavidyalaya, Chaumuhan-281406, Mathura (INDIA)
*Institute for Development of Technology for Rural Advancement, Mathura-281004 (INDIA)
Swine flu or swine influenza is a viral infection caused by H1N1 strain of virus. Swine flu and cold or sinuses are two different diseases that have almost identical symptoms. Two diseases can be differentiated on the basis of aches, chest discomfort, chills, coughing, fever, headache, sneezing, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, sudden symptoms and tiredness.
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Swine flu or swine influenza is a viral infection caused by H1N1 strain of virus. Swine flu & cold or sinuses are different diseases that have very identical signs. As the treatments of diseases are different, therefore, it is necessary to differentiate both the diseases on the basis of their signs at early stages. Delayed differentiation of diseases may cause increased troublesome, time of recovery & expenses of medication.
High susceptible Groups:
Young children & the elders are usually thought to be most at susceptible for serious infections. babies under age 2 years elderly, pregnant ladies & people with chronic medical issues, such as chronic lung illness, like asthma, heart issues, diabetes, & immune-suppression are identified to be more susceptible for this illness. Kids & adults with obesity are simple and soft targets of swine flu.
Like seasonal flu, signs of swine flu infections include fever, which is usually high, cough with stuffy nose, body & headaches, extreme fatigue or tiredness, sometimes diarrhea & vomiting & sore throat.
More serious signs are those that indicate that a patient with swine flu needs urgent medical consideration. Serious swine flu signs fast breathing with troublesome, de-coloration of skin to be bluish or grey, extreme or persistent vomiting, not drinking water & other fluids & not waking up or interacting or very high irritability. If the of swine flu signs are improved but again return with fever & worse cough is as well as a serious swine flu symptom.
Comparison of signs of Swine Flu & Chilled or Sinus Infection:
All the patients with a runny nose or cough do not have swine flu. In the course of cold & swine flu lots of signs are common, including: fall allergies having signs runny nose, congestion, & cough; common cold having signs runny nose, cough, & low grade fever; sinus infections having signs lingering runny nose, cough, & fever; & strep throat having signs sore throat, fever, as well as a positive strep check.
Slight body aches and pains can be part of the signs of cold but extreme aches and pains are common with the swine flu.
b) Chest Discomfort:
Chest discomfort is mild to moderate as an element of the signs of cold but it is often extreme with the swine flu. Chest discomfort is pain or abnormal sensations that a patient feels anywhere along the front of the body between neck and upper abdomen.
Chills are unusual as an element of the signs of cold but these are common in most swine flu cases. However, chills and shivering are a common signs of a cold surroundings, but unexplained chills may even be a sign of the swine flu.
A hacking, productive or mucus producing cough can be part of the signs of cold but dry, nonproductive cough that does not produce mucus is usually present with the swine flu.
High fever is rare as an element of the signs of cold but it is usually present with the swine flu. A temperature of 101°F or higher than that for three to four days is associated with the swine flu.
A headache is unusual as an element of the signs of cold but it is very common with the swine flu and present in 80% of the cases.
Sneezing is common as an element of the signs of cold but it is not as common, but can accompany the swine flu.
h) Sore Throat:
Sore throat is common as an element of the signs of cold. A sore throat is pain and inflammation is in the throat is common in cold. However, sore throat is not as common, but can be present with the swine flu.
i) Stuffy or Runny Nose:
A stuffy or runny nose is usually as an element of the signs of cold and usually resolves spontaneously within a week but stuffy or runny nose can be present with the swine flu.
j) Sudden Signs:
Cold signs are not sudden as an element of the signs of cold but those create over a few days, whereas, in swine flu these signs have a quick onset with 3-6 hours.