How Long Does Swine Flu Last

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Apr 12, 2011

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Swine flu’s incubation period ranges from 24 to 48 hours. It actually depends on the level of the disease. People can suffer from the disease for 2 to 7 days. An important thing to note in Swine Flu infection is that any other medical condition that a person is already suffering from plays a part in determining how long it will last. In any case, the earlier it is diagnosed, the better it is for treatment.


The symptoms that start showing after the end of incubation period are cough, sore throat, headache, chills, fever, body aches, diarrhoea and fatigue. The virus can infect you easily if you touch an infected person or visit him. The swine flu virus can survive on surfaces outside the human body for 2 to 8 hours. It is advisable to keep washing your hands with an anti-bacterial soap or use a hand sanitizer if there is no facility to wash your hands nearby.


Swine flu can stretch for even 3 weeks or longer in a person who has other complications as well. It is a fact that the treatment of swine flu under some circumstances has not been understood completely. Even the two vaccines TAMI FLU and RELENZA are not useful for everyone. RELENZA has some adverse impact on the respiratory system of an individual. For any sort of medication, you will need to get medical advice first.


Some people who are at a greater risk of contracting swine flu and it also lasts longer in them are pregnant women, children below 5 years of age, elderly over 65 and people with a chronic disease like diabetes, kidney disease, heart condition, liver disease, neuromuscular disorder or emphysema (lung disease).


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