Swine flu and Pneumonia

Reply Tue 20 Oct, 2009 03:26 pm
I am pretty sure I have Swine Flu and I heard that Pneumonia is what kills, can you tell me what the symptoms are
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Reply Tue 20 Oct, 2009 03:30 pm
Jacobs wrote:

I am pretty sure I have Swine Flu and I heard that Pneumonia is what kills, can you tell me what the symptoms are
the most obvious symptoms of being dead are cessation of breathing and pulse. secondary symptoms include loss of appetite and inability to use t.v. remote.
Reply Tue 20 Oct, 2009 03:32 pm
a chest cough is not a good sign.

(not sure on the curly tail thing, so i will not mention it...)
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Reply Tue 20 Oct, 2009 03:52 pm
I'm sorry, but Dys, I nearly busted a gut.
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Reply Tue 20 Oct, 2009 04:01 pm
I don't know either, Jacobs, but I'm pretty sure the symptoms are very similar to flu symptoms, especially in regards to breathing.

You're right. They seem to have decided that the majority of deaths attributed to the Spanish Flu epidemic were actually caused by pneumonia. There is an immunization for pneumonia, and it is good for 5 years. When you recover from the current illness, you should think about getting one. You should also consider a visit to the doctor or urgent care facility if you have access to one.
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Reply Tue 20 Oct, 2009 04:47 pm
If you do have it, and your symptoms worsen, the best thing you can do for it is get a dose of Tamaflu. The quicker you get a dose of the Tamaflu, the less likely you'll have any pneumonia symptoms to worry about.
Reply Tue 20 Oct, 2009 04:50 pm
Meanwhile, here's the CDC info on H1N1:


How do I know if I have the flu?

You may have the flu if you have some or all of these symptoms:

* fever *
* cough
* sore throat
* runny or stuffy nose
* body aches
* headache
* chills
* fatigue
* sometimes diarrhea and vomiting

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

What should I do if I get sick?

If you get sick with flu-like symptoms this flu season, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. Most people with 2009 H1N1 have had mild illness and have not needed medical care or antiviral drugs and the same is true of seasonal flu.

However, some people are more likely to get flu complications and they should talk to a health care provider about whether they need to be examined if they get flu symptoms this season. They are:

* Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
* People 65 and older
* Pregnant women
* People who have:
o Cancer
o Blood disorders (including sickle cell disease)
o Chronic lung disease [including asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)]
o Diabetes
o Heart disease
o Kidney disorders
o Liver disorders
o Neurological disorders (including nervous system, brain or spinal cord)
o Neuromuscular disorders (including muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis)
o Weakened immune systems (including people with AIDS)

Also, it’s possible for healthy people to develop severe illness from the flu so anyone concerned about their illness should consult a health care provider.

There are emergency warning signs. Anyone who has them should get medical care right away.

What are the emergency warning signs?

In children

* Fast breathing or trouble breathing
* Bluish skin color
* Not drinking enough fluids
* Not waking up or not interacting
* Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
* Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
* Fever with a rash

In adults

* Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
* Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
* Sudden dizziness
* Confusion
* Severe or persistent vomiting

Do I need to go the emergency room if I am only a little sick?

No. The emergency room should be used for people who are very sick. You should not go to the emergency room if you are only mildly ill. If you have the emergency warning signs of flu sickness, you should go to the emergency room. If you get sick with flu symptoms and are at high risk of flu complications or you are concerned about your illness, call your health care provider for advice. If you go to the emergency room and you are not sick with the flu, you may catch it from people who do have it

Are there medicines to treat 2009 H1N1?

Yes. There are drugs your doctor may prescribe for treating both seasonal and 2009 H1N1 called “antiviral drugs.” These drugs can make you better faster and may also prevent serious complications. This flu season, antiviral drugs are being used mainly to treat people who are very sick, such as people who need to be hospitalized, and to treat sick people who are more likely to get serious flu complications. Your health care provider will decide whether antiviral drugs are needed to treat your illness. Remember, most people with 2009 H1N1 have had mild illness and have not needed medical care or antiviral drugs and the same is true of seasonal flu.

How long should I stay home if I’m sick?

CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other things you have to do and no one else can do for you. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine, such as Tylenol®.) You should stay home from work, school, travel, shopping, social events, and public gatherings.
What should I do while I’m sick?

Stay away from others as much as possible to keep from making them sick. If you must leave home, for example to get medical care, wear a facemask if you have one, or cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. And wash your hands often to keep from spreading flu to others. CDC has information on “Taking Care of a Sick Person in Your Home” on its website at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/guidance_homecare.htm
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Diest TKO
Reply Tue 20 Oct, 2009 07:08 pm
I'm calm, but slightly worried too about this. Follow my progress here: http://able2know.org/topic/137563-1

I do have these symptoms. I'm seeing a doctor tonight.

As for pneumonia, I had a friend from HS die of this two years ago. It blew my mind. I didn't think people died from this anymore. Newsflash to me.

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Reply Tue 20 Oct, 2009 07:27 pm
Oh, and next time you log in, please wash your hands first.
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