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Home Swine Flu vs. "Regular Flu" - Differences
Swine Flu vs. "Regular Flu" - Differences
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I have the flu, now what?

What is the difference in the duration of symptoms of the flu and swine flu?

When infected with a virus, the illness remains dormant in the body for one to three days, but after this short incubation period, symptoms appear suddenly. How long does the flu last depends upon the treatment taken and whether or not any complications arise. The best way to shorten the duration of flu symptoms is to promptly go to the doctor within two days of feeling any flu symptoms.



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Flu Time Line

Seasonal and swine flu both last for about 7 to 10 days. During this time, the body goes through a series of changes as it tries to fight off the invasion of the flu virus. The duration of flu symptoms will depend upon whether or not the person begins proper treatment, but even without it, most flu viruses will end within 10 days.



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How to know when the flu becomes dangerous

It starts as a simple cough which is later accompanied by a sore throat, fever, body aches, and chills. After a week of lying in bed with these symptoms, the person typically recovers, but some do not. Every year, thousands of people die from complications brought on by the seasonal flu. The novel H1N1 flu pandemic has also caused deaths for many of the same reasons. Any person who develops symptoms of swine flu or seasonal flu should inform a doctor immediately to begin treatment and to prevent a small infection from becoming deadly.



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Swine Flu Q & A

What is swine flu?

The headlines in the paper tell of the H1N1 flu and the possibility that it could be a return of the Spanish flu, but is this flu the same as the swine flu that affects pigs? Many people wonder what is the swine flu and is there a difference between it and the pandemic flu virus. There is a difference, but it is mainly in who is infected by the virus rather than the symptoms or treatment.



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Symptoms of swine flu

Fatigue, fever, headache, cough and runny nose could signal several illnesses. Many people who feel these symptoms automatically ascribe them to the flu, but they could also be signs of a cold or a more serious infection. Going to the doctor for a full evaluation of symptoms will ensure that the best course of treatment for the specific disease is sought.



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