Tuesday, April 28, 2009

How To Care For Someone That Has Swine Flu

You should know how to care for someone that has swine flu just in case. The first thing that you need to do is recognize the symptoms.

Symptoms of Swine Flu - Symptoms of the swine flu may include some or all of the following: spike in fever 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above, cough, headache, aching joints, nasal congestion, general fatigue. You can also have other symptoms such as vomiting.

Get Them To The Doctor - The swine flu can be deadly so the sooner your friend or loved one sees a doctor the better. A doctor can prescribe flu drugs such as Tamiflu or Relenza to reduce the flu symptoms. This is essential for a healthy recovery.

Wear Masks - Both you and your sick loved one should wear masks. It is imperative that you learn how to care for someone that has swine flu properly so that the virus is not spread.

Wash Your Hands - Wash your hands often throughout your day and wash them thoroughly. Sing the happy birthday song while you are washing your hands to make sure that you have washed them thoroughly. If you cannot wash your loved ones hands in a sink, you can use hand wipes or hand sanitizing gel.

Medication - Make sure they take their prescribed medication at the correct time and for the dosage specified by the doctor. Tamiflu normally is taken twice per day for 5 days.

Tissues - Make sure that your loved one has plenty of clean tissues to cough and sneeze into and a plastic bag to throw them away in.

Flu Virus - The flu virus only lasts on surfaces for a few hours. However, you should still clean surfaces that are regularly touched by your sick loved one such as door handles, light switches, toilets, and sinks.

Keep them Indoors - Keep your sick loved one away from others. Tell everyone not to come in your home. Do not take your loved one out unless it is to the doctor. Do not let them go out until all of their symptoms have subsided. This flu is highly contagious and deadly. It may not be deadly for your loved one but if they gave it to someone else, it could kill them.

Now you know how to care for someone that has swine flu properly.

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