Emergency Warning Signs of Swine Flu

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Apr 08, 2011

When home treatment or care is being considered it is important to be aware of  "emergency warning signs" and recognize them promptly. A person with "emergency warning signs" needs prompt medical attention and treatment.
 
Emergency warning signs in adults:
 
•    difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath, 
•    pain or heaviness in chest or abdomen
•    Dizziness or lightheadedness
•    Confusion
•    Continuous or severe  vomiting
•    Recurrence of flu-like symptoms after improvement and the fever and cough are worse.
 
Emergency warning signs in children:
 
•    rapid breathing or difficulty in breathing
•    blue skin color
•    Not  taking adequate amount of fluids
•    Lethargic, not waking up or interacting poorly
•    Very irritable or inconsolable even on holding
•    Recurrence of flu-like symptoms after improvement and the fever and cough are worse
•    Fever with rash
•    Not eating anything
•    No tears on crying
 
If an adult or child has any of the emergency warning signs seek urgent medical attention.

 

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