Chest Infection Symptoms

Just last week, the Swine flu infection statistics A (H1N1) virus have increased remarkably. The Laboratories have confirmed the worldwide cases to the World Heath Organisation (WHO-193 member states) have increased from 19,273 to 36,038 as of the 6-17-2009. Worst cases confirmed as follows:

• USA 17855
• Mexico 6241
• Canada 2978
• Australia 1823
• Chile 1694
• UK 1582
Countries infected now 80 ….up sixteen
Deaths now 167 up ……. fifty

Patients with a compromised immune system, such as the elderly or very young or those that smoke can more readily have chest infection symptoms, usually starting with a sore throat, a cold and a cough which produces mucus, which can be green or yellow.

In view of the worldwide pandemic and particularly if you have recently visited an infected country such as Mexico and have chest infection symptoms, it is advisable and strongly recommended to be checked out at your local Hospital where a swab will be taken to check for the flu virus, H1N1.

Chest Infection Symptoms

Headache
A persistent chesty dry cough
Loss of appetite
Breathlessness (Not associated with exercise)
Coughing up phlegm which is either green or yellow in color or both
Appetite loss
A fever indicated by a high temperature above 38 c (100F)
Aching muscles
A body chill (feeling cold)

If you have any of these symptoms it is important to drink plenty of fluids, as the body temperature will cause a fluid loss due to dehydration as a result of the chest infection.

Treatment for Chest Infection Symptoms

Some conditions such as influenza which is highly infectious as is the case of the current Swine Flu or Mexican flu has to be treated with antiviral drugs (Tamiflu), as antibiotics do not respond to a viral infection. It is essential that the antiviral drug be administered in the early stages of the chest infection symptoms, ideally within the first two days to combat chest infection.

The Tamiflu drug which is the first to be used against the Swine flu A strain influenza pandemic, seems to becoming resistant to this particular strain. “It is not the case of Tamiflu becoming ineffective but there are natural mutational shifts and drifts, says Dr. Len Horovitz a pulmonary specialist with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Just because it’s becoming more resistant does not mean that it is a more deadly virus.”

The alternative to Tamiflu is Relenza which is being used to combat Swine flu, but researchers have warned that widespread use of these antivirals would risk creating a resistance to swine flu and would make it harder to stem its spread, and they should only be given to patients with a compromised immune system, the very sick, and those with chest infection symptoms.

The fact that these drugs are available online is worrying the medical profession, Relenza in particular as it is administered by inhalation and therefore not recommended for patients with a chronic respiratory disease or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

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