Precaution •	Maintaining hand hygiene by washing hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. •	Staying away from crowds and someone who has symptoms of the cold or flu and also avoiding contact with others. •	Touching public handles and pens as little as possible. •	When travelling by air, one must be more careful, because close quarters like an airplane can transfer flu very easily. •	Avoiding Eating and Drinking without complete sanitization of containers or utensils. •	Vaccination- the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends annual flu vaccination to protect against the viruses that cause swine flu. The vaccine is available as an injection or a nasal spray. The nasal spray is approved for use in healthy people 2 through 49 years of age and not recommended to pregnant women, children between 2 and 4 years old with asthma or wheezing, and people who have compromised immune systems.  Medicare Symptoms of swine flu in humans are chill, fever, sore throat, muscle pains, severe headache, coughing, weakness, shortness of breath, and general discomfort. Patient should be given rest, pain relievers and fluids. Antiviral drugs are also given to the patient to make the illness milder. Beside antiviral drugs, fluid balance should be maintained and any secondary infections or other medical problems have to be identified and treated. In some cases antiviral medication and IV fluids may be required.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the use of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or zanamivir (Relenza) for the treatment and/or prevention of infection with swine influenza viruses. However, the majority of people infected with the virus make a full recovery without requiring medical attention or antiviral drugs.   Diet When a person is suffering from swine flu, the following foods are to be taken. Chicken, beef or vegetable soup, Garlic, Yogurt, Vitamin C–containing fruits, Spinach, kale, and other leafy greens, Broccoli, Oatmeal. Spices, such as pepper and horseradish, can help reducing congestion and help in better breathing. However, when suffering from a sore throat, spicy foods should be avoided.
Homeo and Ayurvedic approaches to Swine flu In Allopathic treatment, generally,  there are no medicines for viral infections. The medication is usually aimed to ease the symptoms.  So is the case with swine flue which is a viral infection.  Homeo remedies  Homeo medicare professionals say that swine flue can be largely prevented through their approach. They say that homeo can help even those who suffer from swine flue.  Here are a few approaches:  Doctors generally suggest Gelsemium and Bryonia as they are effective against the H1N1 strain.   Based on the symptoms, they may suggest ARSENICUM ALBUM 30, RHUS TOXICODENDRON 30, DULCAMARA 30, and BAPTISIA TIN. Q, CAUSTICUM 1000, OSCILLOCOCCINUM 200. In homoeopathy, cure is easier and quicker than prevention.   Merc-sol-1000X, may be given one dose for prevention, once a month for three months. This prevents swine flu for six months from the date of taking the first dose.  Ayurvedic remedies  Kwatha (Decoction): It is prepared by mixing 5 Tulasi (basil) leaves, 4 Kali Mirch (whole black pepper) beads, 3 Laung (clove) buds and 1 teaspoonful of fresh grated Adraka (ginger) in a glass of water and boiling the entire mixture until the quantity of water is halved. Then the mixture is filtered and a teaspoonful of honey is added. This decoction should be taken twice daily.  Giloy, sonth, puskarmul: These are taken in equal quantity and boiled in four times of water of the total weight and reduced to quarter and taken 4 hourly.   Sitopaladi Churna: ½ to 1 teaspoonful of Churna to be taken with 1 teaspoonful of honey twice daily.  The preparations likeTtribhuvan kirti Ras or Lakshmi vilas Ras (Nardeeya), Sanjeevani vati, Kalpataru Ras, Anand bhairav Ras, may also be used.  According to Ayurvedic experts: ‘To prevent Swine Flu, Ayurvedic tablet Septil can be used’.  Helpful home REMEDIES  Garlic - seeks swine flu microbes and also improves body immunity against swine flu. Tulsi (basil) - clears throat and lungs infection and strengthens body immune system against swine flu. Lemon -- lemons have antioxidants which help to treat a cold or flu. Ginseng and its extracts - are very effective in treating H1N1 influenza. Turmeric milk - Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and it is used to treat cold, flu, infections and heal physical injuries. Indian gooseberry or amla -is a fruit rich in vitamin C, and has immune-boosting properties which help protecting the body from swine flu and other infections. Olive leaves - Leaves of the olive herb are rich in polyphenols and flavonoids which help effectively against symptoms of swine flu like nausea, chills, fever and headaches.
Health Scan March 2019