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Symptoms and treatment for Swine flu - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hi
Doctor :   Hi
User :   my sister has swine flu
Doctor :   No, you do not need any medication.
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?
User :   my age is 28 female
User :   my mother is 55
User :   we are two at home
User :   my sister is 23
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Since you do not have any symptoms you need not take any medications.
Doctor :   However watch for those symptoms.
Doctor :   Alternatively you can try the vaccine, which is right now available in India.
User :   does the vacine have side effects?
Doctor :   You can contact your doctor/nearest hospital who can provide you the vaccine.
User :   ok.
User :   also we have a pet dog
User :   we have kept him away from my sister... can there be a problem for the dog
Doctor :   The side effects of this vaccine is similar to those of any influenza vaccine, that is you can develop mild fever following the vaccine.
User :   and that mild fever subsides?
Doctor :   Yes, the subside.'
Doctor :   Do you have any other query.
User :   approximate cost of the vacine?
User :   also... what all can my sister eat... or what should she prefer to eat?
Doctor :   The cost of the vaccine depends on the centre where you plan to take them.
Doctor :   Few centres in India are providing it free of cost while few other centres may charge you between Rs 150 to Rs 250 indian rupees.
User :   ok.
User :   also what can my sister eat
Doctor :   There are no specific dietary restriction.
User :   veg and non veg... both are ok?
Doctor :   Yes, they are fine, preferably restrict the spices in the diet.
User :   is my mother at more risk because of her age?
Doctor :   Drinking plenty of water is essential.
User :   ok.
Doctor :   In case she has other medical illness such as asthma, avoid those diets which she is allergic to,
User :   no
User :   she has low bp
User :   one sec
User :   by she i mean my motehr
User :   my siter has no problems
Doctor :   The more one is exposed to the source of infection, the higher the chances of infection.
User :   ok.
Doctor :   There are other factors such as low immune state, elderly individuals are more prone to get infected.
Doctor :   Hence if your mom has aged above 45 years, has other medical illness such as diabetes, asthma, and has frequent exposure to the infected individual, there are higher chance of her getting the infection.
User :   ok
User :   usually swine flu takes 5 days to be fine?
Doctor :   Swine flu is similar to any other viral flu.
Doctor :   In the sense, the infection is similar to a common cold.
Doctor :   The only difference is that they spread faster than other cold (to other exposed individuals)
Doctor :   and if the infected person has risk factors then they can cause life threatening problems.
Doctor :   Hence if your sister has no medical problems and the fever is not very high, she should be improving in 5 days.
User :   she has no fever...
User :   just cough and cold
User :   after 5 days we should get her tested again?
Doctor :   May I know if she is been diagnosed as having swine flu by throat swab?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Ok
User :   by throat swab
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   so after 5 days we need to get her tested again?
Doctor :   Swine flu without fever and no if your sister does not have any risk factors, she does not need any medications.
Doctor :   except for keeping isolated.
Doctor :   The symptoms would reduce in a weeks time.
User :   ok
Doctor :   However, watch out for symptoms such as high fever, severe/recurrent vomiting, breathing difficulties and so on.
User :   her immunity is low.. she was down with viral few days back
Doctor :   If such symptoms develop, then medical drugs are needed.
User :   ok.
User :   she was having low "total count" a week back
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   yeah one more
Doctor :   Please proceed.
User :   she has low platlet and total count a week back
User :   she was given medines
User :   and she recovered
User :   docter said she had viral
Doctor :   Ok
User :   is she at more risk since she is more weaker?
User :   and she also had jaundice some9 months back
Doctor :   yes, pancytopenia (low blood counts) is part of viral infection and it improves with good nutrition and as soon as the infection clears.
Doctor :   And if the counts were not very low and if the jaundice has improved presently,
Doctor :   the risk are low.
Doctor :   Continue watching for those symptoms and if the symptoms persist, repeating these test may be needed.
Doctor :   Follow with her treating doctor regularly till she recovers, good bed rest with good nutrition ,adequate hydration,
Doctor :   watch for those symptoms as mentioned to you is all that is needed now.
Doctor :   She should be fine soon.
User :   thank you so much Doctor for all this...
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   I am done...thanks again for this... :)
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
User :   bye...
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