Fortunately, in the major cases where an individual has the H1N1 virus or swine flu, no medical treatment is necessary and typically only over-the-counter medications are used to treat the symptoms. Individuals who are healthy and have an immune system that is functioning normally normally do not need to make a doctors appointment, however, individuals who are experiencing severe flu-like symptoms, or suffer from other medical conditions such as chronic illnesses, respiratory problems, or are pregnant, should seek a medical evaluation as soon as possible. In some cases when the symptoms of H1N1 become severe, emergency medical treatment is required as it can be a life threatening situation.
Emergency Warning signs in Children
Children under the age of five are susceptible to serious complications from H1N1 or any type of seasonal flu; therefore, medical advice should be obtained at the first indication of any flu-like symptoms in a child of this age. If your child is experiencing any of the following warning signs that may be complications from H1N1 or a seasonal flu you should obtain emergency medical attention:
• Difficulty breathing or rapid breathing.
• If the skin appears to be a bluish color.
• If they are unable to wake up, seem disoriented, or are not interacting.
• If they are not consuming enough fluids.
• If they are showing irritability to the point where they can not be satisfied or do not want to be held.
• A fever that is accommodated by a rash.
• If they have recently begun to get over the flu and the symptoms return with a fever and coughing that appears to be worse.
Emergency Warning signs in Adults
Most adult individuals who develop a seasonal flu or the H1N1 virus do not need to obtain medical care; however, if you do come down with a case of the flu you should remain at home and avoid contact with other individuals for at least a period of twenty four hours. Adult individuals who are at a high risk for complications from the flu should seek advice from their primary care physician. These individuals include anyone who is sixty five years of age or older, have other chronic medical conditions, or women who are pregnant. Emergency medical attention should be obtained if you experience any of the following symptoms:
• Shortness of breath or difficult breathing.
• Vomiting that is severe or persistent.
• Dizziness or confusion.
• Feelings of pressure or pain in the area of the abdomen or chest
• If you have recently begun to get over the flu and the symptoms return with a fever and coughing that appears to be worse.
If you are not experiencing any of the above symptoms but have flu-like symptoms that are concern you or you suspect that you may have come in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with the H1N1 virus, then you should consult with your primary care physician Egypt other health care provider.