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Swine Flu

There has been a lot of coverage of the recent outbreak of Swine Flu in the press and in the media. Doctor Pixie has been fielding questions all week from concerned people, and has summed up her key advice below.

Firstly don’t panic! The best way to keep any flu virus at bay is regular washing of hands and surfaces. This is because this contagious virus is spread though the droplets that come out of your nose or mouth when you cough or sneeze (and these can reach over 3 feet!)

Swine Flu

Doctors call this ‘droplet’ infection and the best way to prevent it is to do what your mother used to tell you when you were little and had a cold; cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, always carry tissues, and put your used tissues in the bin (not on the floor of the bus or in your coat pocket!)

If you have flu like symptoms then the best thing to do is to stay at home, and contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or your local GP surgery. Sitting in the doctors waiting room is really the the last thing you should do.

The doctor cannot vaccinate you or provide you with any ‘cure’ for Swine Flu, but they can advise you if you would benefit from anti-viral treatment or need futher tests.

The NHS have provided an information guide all about Swine Flu which you can access by going to NHS Choices.

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My gp diagnosed me that it might be vasculitis that i am having in my both lower legs. It is bright red small dots that shows like small patches and gets bigger. I was prescribed to apply dermol cream on it yet despite of it still it is occuring and nearly spreading in the entire anterior aspect of my legs. What treatment can you recommend to stop the spreading. All the blood works that my gp asked came back negative.





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hi... i have a six week old grandson and was wondering if i need to have him vacinated against swine flu?





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yes anyone can catch it but he should of been given the jab

Yes, you should allow a jab. It'sbest to be protected from the virus,then to serve as a host for the virus. Try to consult you local GP or a Paedatric Physican for infomation concerning the virus.

I was told bymy doctor that after catching swine flu nearly 2 years ago that io could not catch it again. Is this true or is it possible to catch it again?





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yes you can catch it again ive had it twice xx

its is possible to catch it twice as i myself had a family member catch it twice

My 26year old daughter had swine flu, since in January, she was very poorly with flu like symptoms since then she has not been the same lost a lot of weight around 15lbs which has brought her wait down to around 7st4lbs loss of appetite and lack of energy and skin eruptions acne type.





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Today both myself and my almost 3 year old daughter were confirmed as having swine flu and given Tamiflu to take, however I'm very worried because my daughter was also diagnosed with having a chest infection today as well and she has asthma too, Im wondering if there is anything else I can do to help her or what signs to look out for incase she needs more treatment, her temperature was 39.9 at the highest today. I am very concerned for her and also for my 11 month old, I'm afraid she'll catch it too.





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my name is becci wheelhouse and i caught swine flu i was just wondering whether i may of caught this while having sexual intercourse or whether its possible.





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When I had swine flu, god, I was in absolute HELL! I didn't know what time of day it was, for goodness' sake! I shared the bed with my mother, since she had it too, and when we were talking, I actually had an illusion that her nose turned into a pigs' snout. It was very frightening. I couldn't get up, the only time I ever got up was to have a hot bath, I even had to have my dinner in bed, and a pot to pee in next to me. My dad, thankfully, didn't contract swine flu, so he took time off work to look after us, bless him. But, I would never like to have swine flu again, three weeks of my education wasted. :( Also, the fact that I was in absolute AGONY! :@





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my 19 year old grandaughter and myself had very severe swine flue, we couldnt think of simple words or spell, the pain in head and body and the fever was exhausting - our cure - we played all the classic videos and disney films and a glass of red wine with evening meal. We both picked up well but then I was diagnosed with Posr virol chronic fatigue syndrome, I could not walk and was told it had damaged the nerve ends and may take a year to repair? A second oppinion was the same but I was the first adult this doctor had seen with the problem as others were teanagers. I have been left with this problem since last July and I am exhausted, the pain has now gone under my feet. THis is so unusual for me as I keep myself very fit, apart from natural herbs and fully qualified accupuncture which has been brilliant, nothing else has been offered. I have become totally exhausted and feel I have lost a large piece of my life but I will not give in, does anyone have any positive input please, 2 days ago I had an angina attack, this did worry me as I am anormally a very fit nan, who is involved in many projects.

Its weird how so many people were affected badly by it. I had it and I only felt as if I had a slight fever. I could do everything I usually do, and the doctor put it down to being more resistant to it than other people. Don't know how, I come down badly with anything else.

I had swine flu when i was 22 weeks pregnant, and i was in so much pain they thought i was in labour.i was given a zanamir inhaler. they kept me in an isolation room for a week, (until the symptoms had gone), my 3 year old also had it at the same time. i think we got it from a soft play place. i was advised that because my 3 year old was not confirmed swine flu he should have the vaccine, i was wondering if he should?





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I have been off work with swine flu since Wednesday last week i have had the tamiflu tablets i started to feel better but i still have headaches and feel nauseous and dizzy i think I'm getting better then i feel ill again i also have a chest infection which i am on amoxicillin for now how long do i expect this to last and can u get it more than once?





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hi i need some help as all the nhs websites dont have emails and i dont own a phone.my neighbour has been diagnosed to have swine flu his wife and child is in contact with him and are not on the medication like her husband is.should they all be on the medication as the wife is still at work and the daughter is at school im a bit worried as my son goes to the same school if anyone can help i will be very greatfull thanks





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