Know the Difference betw
A Cold & Swine Flu Symptoms
Fever is usually present with the flu in up
to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of
Fever is rare with a cold.
100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is
associated with the flu.
A hacking, productive (mucus-
A nonproductive (non-mucus producing)
Coughing producing) cough is often
cough is usually present with the flu
present with a cold.
(sometimes referred to as dry cough).
Slight body aches and pains can Severe aches and pains are common with
be part of a cold.
Stuffy nose is commonly present Stuffy nose is not commonly present with
Stuffy Nose with a cold and typically resolves the flu.
spontaneously within a week.
60% of people who have the flu experience
Chills are uncommon with a cold. chills.
Tiredness is fairly mild with a
Tiredness is moderate to severe with the
Sneezing Sneezing is commonly present
Sneezing is not common with the flu.
with a cold.
The flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours.
Cold symptoms tend to develop
The flu hits hard and includes sudden
Symptoms over a few days.
symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.
A headache is fairly uncommon
A headache is very common with the flu,
Headache with a cold.
present in 80% of flu cases.
Sore throat is commonly present Sore throat is commonly present with the
Sore Throat with a cold.
Chest discomfort is mild to
Chest discomfort is often severe with the
Discomfort moderate with a cold.
H1 N1 SWINE FLU Info and Flu Prevention In General Tamiflu does not kill but prevents H1N1 from further spreading till the virus limits itself in about 1-2 weeks (its natural cycle). H1N1, like other Influenza A viruses, only infects the upper respiratory tract and proliferates (only) there. The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible not coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of al precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as spreading the germ is. While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in
order to prevent spreading, aggravation of symptoms, and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps - not ful y highlighted in most official communications - can be practiced:
• Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in al official communications). • "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Resist al temptations to touch any part of
• Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don't trust
salt). H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/nasal cavity to spread and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents spreading. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.
• Clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. Not
everybody may be good at using a Neti Pot (very good for cleansing nasal cavities), but blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.
• Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (citrus
fruits, etc.). If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.
• Drink as much warm liquids as you can. Drinking warm liquids has the same
effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off spreading viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, spread or do any harm.
All these are simple ways of prevention, within means of most households, and certainly much less painful than to wait in long lines outside public hospitals.
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