Swine flu prevention home remedies

Swine flu prevention home remedies

The 2009 outbreak of swine flu that infected humans was of the H1N1 subtype. It is important to note that, although it developed in swine, the 2009 pandemic virus was not completely derived from swine. The virus contains a combination of flu genes from bird, swine, and human flu types.

Fast facts on swine flu:

Here are some key points about swine flu.

  • Swine flu was normally of the H1N1 influenza subtype. However, since 2017, the H3N2 subtype has become the dominant strain.
  • The most common way for a human to catch swine flu is through contact with a pig.
  • Symptoms of swine flu include coughs, chills, and aches, similar to seasonal flu.

Symptoms

The symptoms of swine flu in humans are quite similar to those of regular flu, and include:

  • body aches
  • chills
  • cough
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • fever
  • tiredness

Causes

There are only a few causes of swine flu in humans. They are:

Contact with infected pigs

This is the most common way of catching swine flu. Any contact with infected pigs makes transmission more likely.

Contact with infected humans

This is a much less common way of catching swine flu, but is a risk, especially for those in close contact with an infected person.

In cases where humans have infected other humans, close contact was necessary with the infected person, and it nearly always occurred in closed groups of people.

Risk factors

Some people are more at risk of catching swine flu than others; including:

  • people aged over 65 years
  • children under 5 years
  • anyone with a compromised immune system

Diagnosis

Swine flu is mostly diagnosed through noting the symptoms.

There is also a quick test called the rapid influenza diagnostic test that can help identify swine flu. However, these vary in effectiveness and may show a negative result even though influenza is present. More accurate tests are available in more specialized laboratories.

However, in a similar way to seasonal flu, symptoms are often mild and self-resolve. Most people do not receive a test for swine flu as treatment would be the same, regardless of the outcome.

If symptoms are mild, it is extremely unlikely that any connection to swine influenza is found, even if the virus is there.

Home remedies

As there is no known single cure, steps can be taken at home to prevent swine flu and reduce symptoms if a person does contract the virus.

These include:

  • washing hands regularly with soap
  • getting plenty of sleep
  • exercising often
  • managing stress
  • drinking liquids
  • eating a balanced diet
  • refraining from touching surfaces that may have the virus

Do not get close to people who are sick. Be sure to stay away from crowds if there is a swine flu outbreak in your area.

How to reduce the spread of infection?

If a person is infected, it is important they follow these rules to prevent any further spread:

  • Limit contact with other people.
  • Do not go to work or school.
  • When coughing or sneezing cover the mouth with a tissue. If there is no tissue available, cover the mouth and nose.
  • Put used tissues in a trash can.
  • Wash the hands and face regularly.
  • Keep all surfaces that are touched clean.
  • Follow all doctors' instructions.

Homeopathic Prophylactic Medicine

  • Influenzinum
  • Pyrogenium

Homeopathic Treatment Medicine

  • Belladonna
  • Allium Cepa
  • Sabadilla
  • Hepur Sulph
  • Ipecac
  • Coccus Cacti
  • Aconite Nap