Swine flu is treated just like the seasonal flu with fever, cough and cold remedies. Some people with swine flu may need antiviral drugs or treatment for complications.
Paracetamol: Most people with swine flu recover with symptomatic treatment such as lots of rest, paracetamol or paracetamol-based cold remedies to treat fever and associated symptoms of cold. Some of the over-the-counter treatments can be given to children as well but it is advisable to contact your pediatrician before you start any treatment. Do not give aspirin containing remedies to children under 16 years of age.
Antivirals: Two antiviral medications - oseltamavir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) are used for treatment of swine flu. Antivirals do not wholly cure swine flu, but aid to:
High-risk groups or people at high risk of complications with swine flu should take antivirals as soon as possible after the symptoms start. High-risk groups include individuals with
The risk is also increased in people
Antibiotics: Antibiotics are used to treat secondary bacterial infection of the respiratory tract (lungs) such as bronchitis (infection of the airways), or pneumonia. These infections are cured by antibiotics in most people but can become life-threatening at times.
Vaccine: Vaccine has been developed for swine flu. It is available in some countries like United Kingdom, US, but is still not available in India. Vaccination for swine flu in USA is recommended for
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