Technically, the term swine flu refers to influenza in pigs. Occasionally, pigs transmit influenza viruses to people, mainly to hog farm workers and veterinarians. Less often, someone infected occupationally passes the infection to others.
The human respiratory infection caused by the influenza virus H1N1 - popularly known as swine flu - was first recognized in spring 2009, near the end of the usual Northern Hemisphere flu season.
A few months after the first cases of swine flu were reported, rates of confirmed H1N1-related illness were increasing in almost all parts of the world. As a result, the World Health Organization declared the infection a global pandemic. Currently, H1N1 is still circulating in humans as a seasonal flu virus.
The symptoms are similar to regular flu:
- Runny nose
- Nausea and vomiting
- Low energy
- Body ache
- Sore throat
- Pain in joints
- Lack of appetite
- Those who are already suffering with poor resistance.
- Children having tuberculosis
- Elderly people above 65 years
- Children below five years
- Patients with diabetes or other disease which lowers vitality
- Pregnant female
- HIV positive patients
- Patients with heart, lung, liver or kidney disease
- Patients who are on immunosuppressive medicines for other diseases
- People with tremendous physical or mental stress
- Patients on cortisone or chemotherapy
Swine flu infection, like most other viral infections, is likely to subside eventually; whether treated or not. However, some of the patients are at risk of turning into a serious medical condition called ARD (Acute Respiratory Distress syndrome), which may turn even fatal.
The doctors, conventional as well homeopathic, have limited experience so far about the treatment of Swine flu, as the infection is new to the humans.
However, on the basis of the nature of the disease and its pathophysiology, we can opine that homeopathic is likely to work well in the cases of Swine flu, since homeopathy has well established role in the treatment of many viral diseases. We can recommend homeopathic medicines that are likely to help cases of Swine flu, which may work by enhancing the immune system. The medicines are also likely to work as preventive in some cases. However, such statements would always go with the disclaimer that no claims are being made for its cure or prevention.
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