As news of the Swine Flu continues to develop, we are getting more and more calls from our clients concerning what they should do if they contact Swine Flu. The first thing we tell them is to contact your Doctor immediately to seek diagnosis and treatment. Our Asthma and Allergy clients are asking for guidance about what to look for. We tell them that the CDC lists the following symptoms of fever, tiredness, lack of appetite and coughing.a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The strange thing is, this sounds like the same flu symptoms which has been going around South Florida for the last two months. I had it last month.
Several of our Fibromyalgia clients are very concerned because a lot of the symptoms that are reported are very similar to Fibromyalgia. The symptoms of Fibromyalgia are fatigue, muscle aches and pains along with joint pains with headaches. I have explained to them that they could have Swine Flu besides the Fibromyalgia. I advised them to contact their Doctor and avoid people that exhibit symptoms of colds and flu because of the CDC Directives.
One of my clients told me that they were in Whole Foods in Boca Raton, Fl the other day and accidentally came across someone who was sneezing and coughing. They turned around a walked the other way toward the Vitamin Section. This is how they were protecting themselves from Swine Flu. Yet another one of my clients said they were going to wear a surgical mask when they went into public places to try and protect themselves. They were concerned because they have a chronic lung condition from smoking when they were younger. She is concerned about the risk of developing complications from H1N1 Flu. I told her to be aware but not to panic.
I talked to a Doctor today and he said that if you catch the symptoms early that antiviral drugs that are used to combat the H1N1 Flu can be effective. He also stated that sometimes they do not work and it depends upon one's Immune System. One last point he made was that they might not work if administered more than 48 hours after becoming ill. This was confirmed with the CDC site on H1N1 Flu Epidemic.
The Sun Sentinel Newspaper (Fort Lauderdale, Fl) headlines today were, "Suspicious Broward Sample Goes Go CDC For Swine Flu Testing". The article also talked about how students were being asked to supply their own bottle of hand sanitizer on their desk. This is how one school is taking measures to help prevent the spread of germs in the wake of the H1N1 Flu scare.
In conclusion, if you feel you have been exposed to H1N1 Flu, contact you Doctor immediately. They will advise you what to do. People with Asthma and Allergies or Lung Conditions should be more aware of any one around them that has symptoms of colds and flu due to their lowered Immune System Response. School children are being asked to supply their own bottle of hand sanitizer on their desk to combat the spread of germs.
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