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Tamiflu for treatment of swine flu - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi, how can i help u
User :   hi doctor
Doctor :   please proceed with your query
User :   i have a problem a family member has been prescribed with the swine flue his only 6
Doctor :   ok
User :   he went to emergency earlier today they prescribed him medicine and let him go
Doctor :   is he 6yrs old
User :   yes
Doctor :   ok
User :   and he seems to be getting worse
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   can i know the name of medications
User :   should the hospital keep him under hospital care?
User :   tamiflue
User :   i believe
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   its a antiviral drug
Doctor :   since how many he is taking
User :   well he was just in emergency an hour ago
Doctor :   since how many days is he on
Doctor :   medication tamiflu
Doctor :   ok
User :   the parents didnt tell me that
Doctor :   ok
User :   but i got scared cause he nails got purple
Doctor :   it takes 48 hrs for tamiflu to act
User :   and he skin got pale
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   is he active or restless
User :   the whole day hes been sleeping
Doctor :   is he feeding well
User :   no he didnt want to eat anything
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   does he has high temperature
Doctor :   or chills and shivering
User :   yes thats when the parents took him to emegency
Doctor :   ok
User :   and it was there where they run some test
Doctor :   running nose or headache
User :   and said he had the swine flue
User :   yes runny nose
Doctor :   did the test confirm the it as swine flu
User :   yes
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   tamiflu is a excellent drug
Doctor :   newly approved
Doctor :   it will help him to overcome the disease
Doctor :   but it need atleast 48 hrs for the complete course of action
User :   how can i know if it gets worse or not working
User :   the medicine
Doctor :   i will help u in this
Doctor :   alarming symptoms
Doctor :   Drowsiness
Doctor :   Ankle and knee joint swelling
Doctor :   Respriatory difficulty
Doctor :   hurried respriation and breathign difficulty
User :   and as far as grown people
User :   how should we make sure we dont get it
Doctor :   first and the fore most
Doctor :   avoid the person in contact who is already having the diseas
User :   ok
Doctor :   because it spreads thru nasal secretions
Doctor :   thats secretions from nose
Doctor :   so sneezing, coughing can contain viral particles
Doctor :   so ask the patient to use facemask
Doctor :   and even near by contacts also needs face mask
User :   we have a 1 year old whose been close to him this whole week
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   does the baby has any symptoms
User :   so should we take him to the doctor or should we wait until he gets any flue or cold symptoms?
User :   not at the moment thank god
User :   should we give him infant vitamins?
Doctor :   no need to take him to doctor now
Doctor :   immediately remove the child near by
User :   the other thing i was inform that the mother can find the medicine right now
User :   since right now its close to 12 am
Doctor :   need to boost the immune system of baby
Doctor :   how old the baby is
User :   1 year
Doctor :   ok
User :   what pharmacy can we find the medicine
Doctor :   its good to the baby multivitamins
User :   the mother just went to rite aid and they dont have tamiflu
Doctor :   we dont advice tamiflu for a 1 yr old kid
Doctor :   until the case is proved
Doctor :   Tamiflu is a antiviral drug
User :   not for the baby
Doctor :   it will not have prophylactic care
Doctor :   its acts only when yu have the disease
Doctor :   its not for preventive appraochh
User :   but theirs no normal pharmacy that sells the medicine? with prescription
User :   ?
Doctor :   thats right
Doctor :   keep the baby warm
Doctor :   avoid cold weathers
User :   and as far as the 6 year old what should we feed him
Doctor :   its good to avoid spicy and oily foods
Doctor :   give him more fluids
Doctor :   in the form of water and
Doctor :   fruit juices
User :   perfect
Doctor :   to avoid dehydration
Doctor :   and tiredness
Doctor :   milk is ideal can go for it s
User :   so why do you thinks nails got purple
User :   is this normal when you have high fever
Doctor :   its due to reduced blood hemoglobin
User :   ?
Doctor :   and decreade oxygen supply
Doctor :   due to running nose and cold
Doctor :   the kid cannot breathe properly
User :   and he can get purple or pale patches on skin as well?
Doctor :   so the the oxygen supply is less
Doctor :   then the nails can turn purple
Doctor :   yes pale pathches more on skin
Doctor :   is common in swine flu
Doctor :   especially children
User :   ok
Doctor :   not to worry
Doctor :   those are normal symptom is childrens
Doctor :   they are not alarming symptoms
User :   thanks doctor
Doctor :   not to worry
Doctor :   the kid will get well soon
User :   you have help alot thank god for internet
Doctor :   give the medications properly
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Doctor :   is there any thing else i can help with u
User :   no you have help alot and thank you for your patience
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   take care
Doctor :   bye for now
User :   you too doc bye
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