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swine flu and infection - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hello
Doctor :  
how can i help u??
User :   hi
User :   i want to know about swine flu
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
swine flu is a viral infection caused by h1n1 influenza virus
Doctor :  
firstly it is not a dangerous disease
User :   if some 1 gets swine flu and after 7 days if he gets treatment then is it going to get cured?
Doctor :   yes..there is treatment for swine flu.....

Doctor :  
let me tell u.....swine flu is self limiting even if u dont take it will be cured in 2 weeks
User :   then why people are dying?
Doctor :   but there are some people who are at risk like kids less than 5 years..and age more than 65.

User :   some peole have dies who are 30-40
Doctor :  
diabetes,hypertension..and people who are already having lung problem,heart problem
Doctor :  
these people are at risk..if such people gets swine flu...then it is dangerous
User :   ok
User :   now let me tell u my history
Doctor :   pls proceed
User :   i was in bangalore on 10th aug 09
User :   and i developed flu like symptoms
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
what are ur symptoms??
User :   then i took some common cold medicines from the store and after taking the medicines i felt better next day
User :   but i continued the cold medicine called DOLO-COLD 2 pills twice a day
User :   i had irritating nose and throat
Doctor :   ok
User :   and mild soar throat
Doctor :  
ok
User :   but i felt better next day but only mild soar throat was there
Doctor :   ok

User :   on 2nd day i felt slight breathing problem
Doctor :  
ok
User :   difficulty in breathing
User :   but it was there for a min and i was ok for the whole night
Doctor :  
ok
User :   and for the next day i was getting no breathing problem
Doctor :  
ok
User :   but on the 3dr day that is on 13th i went outside
Doctor :  
ok
User :   and while taking on the road i got more breathing problem
Doctor :  
ok
User :   but it was there for a min
Doctor :  
ok
User :   and that's why i wne to a doctor at Chinmaya Mission Hospital
Doctor :  
ok
User :   but the doctor told me that it could be swine flu and that is not the right hospital for diagnosis
Doctor :  
ok
User :   but he gave me some paraceptamol, anti-alergic and some antibiotics
Doctor :   ok

User :   but he also told me that if i don't get treatment for swine flu within 48 hrs then it can't be cured and in India there is no proper tratment for it
Doctor :  
ok
User :   that's why i got scared and decided to leave bangalore on 16th
Doctor :  
relax nothing to worry
Doctor :  
did u have fever??
User :   but on that night (14th) i got serious problems
Doctor :  
ok
User :   i got vomiting tendency after having dinner and difficulty in breathing
Doctor :  
ok
User :   i was getting continous breathing problem
Doctor :  
ok
User :   so i some how took a flight ticket and came to my native
Doctor :  
where is ur native??
User :   here i first consulted a doctor (MD) and he gave some antibiotics for 4 days and told me to do some tests
Doctor :  
ok
User :   and after taking those medicines my breathing problem was reduced
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
did u have fever??
User :   i did blood test, breathing test, CT scanning and chest x-ray
User :   no fever
Doctor :  
nothing to worry with out fever it will not be swi9ne flu
User :   my medical reports say i have mild bronchritis
User :   but after when the antibiotics got over... i started to get the breathing broblem again
User :   that's why i went to a govt. hospital for h1n1 test
Doctor :  
i will tell u...the symptoms to diagnose ...swine flu...fever>100.4,cough,cold,sorethroat,with out theses symptoms we cannot diagnose it is a swine flu
Doctor :  
what is h1n1 report??
User :   but as i was not having any fever and only breathing problem... i as not feasible for h1n1 test
User :   dats y doctor gave me anti-viral, antibiotics and TAMIFLU for 5 days
Doctor :   bronchitis will be there in normal flu infection also
Doctor :  
just relax and go for H1N1 testing
Doctor :  
ok
User :   but surprisingly after taking the medicines my breathing problem has reduced
User :   i got flu many times but i never get breathing problem with flu
User :   this time i got serious breathing problem
Doctor :   tamiflu is not specific for h1n1...it is against viral flu..
User :   and my breathing was not complete
User :   i get low breathing and if i try to do full breathing then i don't get complete breathing
Doctor :  
among all antiviral drugs tamiflu is best against h1n1...but it is not specific for h1n1
Doctor :  
so tamiflu acts against any viral flu
User :   ok
User :   but is it possible to get viral infection without fever?
Doctor :  
u got some viral infection...but this time it was little severe...which complicated as bronchitis
User :   and if TAMIFLU is given after 7 days from infection for 5 days then is it going to get cure completely?
Doctor :  
yes but some times...
Doctor :  
first u dont get tensed
Doctor :  
go do H1N1 TEST first it willclear all ur doubts
User :   but doctors are not allowing me to do h1n1 test
Doctor :  
u are mentally very weak and u are very scared now,,once the report is negative all ur anxiety and breathlesness wiill go away
Doctor :  
yy??
User :   he said that according to new govt rules one must get fever and other symptoms of swine flu to do the test
Doctor :  
yes
Doctor :  
i know...u tell them that i had fever and now it is reduced
User :   i m scared because i m getting breathiong preblem and most of the people have dies from ARDS because of swine flu
Doctor :  
but even before swine flu there were many cases of ARDS
Doctor :  
swine flu is just one of the cause for ARDS...
User :   but after taking TAMIFLU is it idle to do a test?
Doctor :   yes u can go for it...

User :   even if i had h1n1 it will not show
Doctor :  
but let me tell u...u dont have swine flu at all...it is just normal flu which complicated as bronchitis which is the main reason for ur breathlesness..
User :   by the way after taking TAMIFLU for 5 days is it possible that some virus could remail in the body and could reproduce more later and cause infection again?
Doctor :   i am suggesting this test ...only to rule out ..we cannot take chances regarding health...

Doctor :  
u pls stay calm..dont get tensed....with out fever it will not be swine flu
User :   by thhe way when there will be vaccine available for swine flu?
Doctor :   no vaccine for swine flu at present..trials are going on

User :   ok thanks
User :   i have 2 go now
User :   thanks for ur help
Doctor :  
welcome..
Doctor :  
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