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Swine Flu/H1N1

15 Sep

Swine Flu or H1N1 has hit Duluth. 

What are the symptoms? Individuals may have a fever, cough, a sore throat, headache, the chills, or vomitting. Children may become bluish or gray in skin color or you may have a hard time waking up. Patients may feel dizzy or be confused. Some patients may have the flu, get rid of it, and then get it back with a fever or/and cough.

How can the doctor diagnosis it? Chest x-rays and abnormal breathing sounds when the physican listens to the chest wall.

What’s the treatment? Relenza or Tamiflu. It is important to drink enough fluids, so that you or your child does not become dehydrated.

What are the complications? These are serious complications: pneumonia, respiratory failure or even death. Young children, young adults, the elderly, those with weakened imnune systems, or even asthma, COPD, emphysema are especially at risk.

 

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