Chest Flu

I thought it time to follow up on previous blog on June 18th 2009 titled 'Chest Infection Symptoms' as the Swine Flu infection statistics have increased dramatically. The number of worldwide cases have been confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO- 193 member States) have increased from 36,038 to 94,512 as of 6th July 2009, as massive daily increase of 3,248. Deaths have risen to 429 from 382. I have highlighted the worst confirmed cases as: USA- 33,902, Argentina- 2,485, Australia-5,298, Canada-7,983, Chile-7,376, Mexico-10,262, and UK-7447.

Should you start to develop cold symptoms which are more violent such as a persistent dry chesty cough and you are coughing up phlegm which is either green or yellow in color or both, or if you have a fever with a high temperature above 38c (100F) , followed by a body chill and aching muscles you could have developed chest flu, which has similar symptoms to bronchitis.

If you experience the agony of chest flu, a distressing cold or a chronic cough, when you feel that your lungs are on fire, you'll know that it can be a terrifying experience as you struggle to breathe, then you should be checked out by a qualified medical practitioner immediately, or even visit your nearest hospital where a swab will be taken to check for the A (H1N1) virus, as this could be the start of influenza in the form of Swine Flu, which is a respiratory disease caused by outbreaks of influenza amongst pigs, mostly occurring during late fall and winter. If you have any of these symptoms, your body will be dehydrated so it's important then to start to drink plenty of fluids.

There are medical treatments which can be helpful to treat his type of condition but they need to be prescribed with 48 hours of the onset of the attack in order to reduce the severity of the attack. The virus can not be contained simply by prescribing antibiotics, as normal antibiotics have no effect in the relief of this condition such as chest flu. The most common treatment for influenza swine flu is Tamiflu, which is taken orally, or Relenza which is a powder which is inhaled. The latter is not given to asthmatics or patients suffering with a lung complaint.

Chest Flu in Children

It is tempting to try to treat the initial onset of chest flu or a fever condition in children who have a viral infection with Aspirin. NEVER give children or a teenager with Aspirin as it has been linked to REY'S SYNDROME which is potentially is a fatal disease that dramatically affects the organs, chiefly the brain and liver. The medical condition is ENCEPHALOPATHY which causes swelling of the brain. Early diagnosis is paramount, otherwise brain damage can occur, and also the liver can be affected.

Note: This content is for information purposes only, and should not be a substitute for a consultation with your qualified medical practitioner.