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I know the swine flu gives the symptoms of sneezing, coughing and fever that a normal flu gives you. But I want to know what symptoms does the swine flu gives you besides those symptoms. Like a symptom that would let you know you have the swine flu.
I'm worried I might have it cause I I've had a runny nose and been coughing a lot for about a week. Also I just heard the swine flu came around close to where I live too. :(


Linda Marcus said...

There are no particular symptoms that distinguish swine flu from other types of flu. Symtoms like diarrhea and vomiting are also associated with swine flu. Those symptoms can also be caused by many other conditions, and that means that you and your doctor can't know, just based on your symptoms.
There is a similarity between the swine flu epidemic centered in Mexico City and the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918-19. Infants and elderly were spared. It was the young adults with robust immune systems that were the prime victims and the disease took them literally by storm. What happens with young and healthy patients is that their immune systems react so strongly that they can triggers something known as a "cytokine storm".
In response to every infection, the body has a number of ways to fight back against the invading enemy. Cytokines are part of this defense. The name "cytokine storm" basically describes an over-reaction of a healthy immune system that has over-reacted and is damaging the body, causing failure of multiple organ systems. It can be triggered by many things, including viruses, although it's not common for human influenza A virus strains to cause it. The same thing occurs with new swine flu virus and the body has no defenses built up. When infected the body's own defensive systems are triggered to a powerful extent and cause havoc to the immune system. It’s something like dropping an H-bomb on a suspected burglar in your back yard. The result is to kill, or needlessly harm, the patient
In children the immune responses are still developing, while the elderly immune function tends to be weaker due to the aging process. Both groups have weak immune system that is why they are vulnerable to complications from the regular flu and tend to get pneumonia and other opportunistic infections after being weakened further by the regular flu. Fortunately, they don't have systems that react strongly to the flu itself that can generate the cytokine storm. However, the healthy approximately 15 to 60 year old individual the most likely to actually succumb to the swine flu.
A cytokine storm can overcome the nervous system and cause breathing and internal organs problems, which is why hospitals put critical flu patients on assisted machines. What really frightens experts in the pandemic field is the fact that most hospitals only have a few of these facilities and they are often in use for surgical or other critical patients. There is simply no way to provide interim support for tens of thousands of pandemic flu victims, even in advanced countries with a strong hospital system. The equipment just doesn't exist to put them all on breathing machines until their bodies are able to recover naturally.

pdean said...

The symptoms for swine flu are very similar to the common influenza virus. They include but are not limited to.
•sore throat
•body aches
Also diarrhea and vomitting has been noted as a symptom but predominately in children as a rule of thumb. But in any case all these symptoms should be noted and raise concern!
The symptoms and the treatment are very similar and there is no way to distinguish a difference from a home diagnosis and am not sure why you would want to as the common strain of influenza is just as dangerous as the N1H1 virus.
Please get checked out by your family physician and hopefully your not infected.
But if you are you should inform the people you have come in contact with.
Find out more about ways to prevent spreading N1H1 here: as well as other useful information.

Anis said...

The symptoms of this new influenza A H1N1 virus in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A significant number of people who have been infected with this virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting. Also, like seasonal flu, severe illnesses and death has occurred as a result of illness associated with this virus.

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"If you live in areas where cases have been identified and become ill with influenza-like symptoms, including fever, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea, you may want to contact their health care provider, particularly if you are worried about your symptoms. Your health care provider will determine whether influenza testing or treatment is needed."

Jaed1122 said...

There have been some reports of vomiting and diarrhea, but essentially symptoms are that of the regular flu. It is just a different strain of the flu virus.
Could you have allergies - fever can be present with allergies, as well as coughing from post nasal drip? I am thinking this is your case, as the swine flu is not lasting too long in humans (recovery time is pretty good).
If you are worried, it wouldn't hurt calling your doctor. They say to not run to the ER either.. But it is better to be safe then sorry.

aspiecel said...

You can also have diarrhea and vomiting, but not always. The symptoms of this flu are the same as any other flu. Colds can also have similar symptoms. Call your doctor or public health if you are concerned.

tappler2 said...

Vomiting, and diarrhea are other symptoms. Try not to worry just take vitamins,and other natural remedies. Eventually it will work its course.

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If you THINK you have it, why not just go to the doctors so you can stop worrying and asking online?

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