*H1N1 or Flu*
Know the Difference
19 December 2009
H1N1 flu is about to be upon us and we need to be on top of information regarding it. Here is a comparison to the normal cold symptoms.
Know the Difference between a Cold and H1N1 Flu Symptoms
|Fever||Fever is rare with a cold.||Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the H1N1 flu.|
|Coughing||A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold.||A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the H1N1 flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough).|
|Aches||Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.||Severe aches and pains are common with the H1N1flu.|
|Stuffy Nose||Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.||Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the H1N1flu.|
|Chills||Chills are uncommon with a cold.||60% of people who have the H1N1 flu experience chills.|
|Tiredness||Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.||Tiredness is moderate to severe with the H1N1 flu.|
|Sneezing||Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.||Sneezing is not common with the H1N1 flu.|
|Sudden Symptoms||Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.||The H1N1 flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.|
|Headache||A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.||A headache is very common with the H1N1 flu, present in 80% of flu cases.|
|Sore Throat||Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.||Sore throat is not commonly present with the H1N1 flu.|
|Chest Discomfort||Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.||Chest discomfort is often severe with the H1N1 flu.|
The only way to stop the spread of the epidemic is to spread the awareness
PREVENTION OF H1N1
Dr. Vinay Goyal is an MBBS,DRM,DNB (Intensivist and Thyroid specialist) having clinical experience of over 20 years. He has worked in institutions like Hinduja Hospital ,Bombay Hospital , Saifee Hospital , Tata Memorial etc.. Presently, he is heading our Nuclear Medicine Department and Thyroid clinic at Riddhivinayak Cardiac and Critical Centre, Malad (W). .
The following message given by him, I feel makes a lot of sense and is important for all to know.
The only portals of entry are the nostrils, mouth & throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.
While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):
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