How Long is the Swine Flu Incubation Period?

I visited Mexico right around the time of the first swine flu cases, so I did a lot of research about the swine flu incubation period after I returned home. I figured other people might be wondering the same thing, so here's what I've found:

Swine Flu Incubation Period

In general, the incubation period for the influenza virus (all types of flu) is 2 days, but can range from 1 to 5 days. In most US cases, the incubation period for swine flu seems to range from 2 to 7 days.

Obviously, the exact swine flu incubation period is still disputed. It would be wise to keep a close eye on symptoms for about a week, and up to 10 days to be safe.

Photo by Associated Press
Photo by Associated Press

Swine Flu Symptoms

Symptoms for the swine flu are similar to regular flu: fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting. See the CDC for more information.

Swine Flu Locations and Dates

The swine flu outbreak began in La Gloria, Mexico on March 9, 2009. Starting around April 13, more cases were reported in Mexico, most of them in Mexico City. Students from New York caught the swine flu in Cancun, while on spring break between April 9 and 20. There have been confirmed cases in most countries.

This map is reguarly updated with confirmed swine flu cases from around the world.

How Does Swine Flu Spread?

Swine flu spreads like regular flu: from an infected person through coughing or sneezing. The virus can live on surfaces for a short while, so you can catch it by touching something an infected person touched and then touching your nose, mouth, or eyes. (See the CDC for more information.)

Take the same precautions as you would with regular flu: wash hands regularly, use hand sanitizer, and don't touch your nose, mouth, or eyes unless your hands are really clean. If the flu spreads, you may want to wear a mouth guard to protect against inhaling germs. Look for an "N95" mask, which is designed to keep out germs and viruses.

Swine Flu Vaccine

The 2010-11 seasonal flu vaccine will protect against 3 strains of flu -- including swine flu. If you're wondering about whether or not to get the swine flu vaccine you can visit my other hub to learn more about the vaccine, where to get it, who should get it, and if it's safe.

More by this Author


Comments 98 comments

Kathy 7 years ago

How long does the swine flu last? Do you have to have medication to cure it?


ManekiNeko profile image

ManekiNeko 7 years ago from USA Author

Hi Kathy, thanks for your questions.

From what I've read, how long the swine flu lasts depends on how severe your symtpoms are. Most of the US cases have been mild, and people are recovering within a few weeks.

As for medication, two flu meds seem to work against the swine flu: Tamiflu and Relenza. You have to get a prescription and they work best when taken within the first 48 hours of starting symptoms.


mom 7 years ago

if someone had swine flu and went to school on the last day of it, would they be contagious? could their brothers, sisters, and parents be 'carrying' the virus before they show symptoms? and lastly, could these brothers, sisters, and parents be unknowingly infecting people -- or are you only contagious if you are actively showing symptoms? thanks so much


ManekiNeko profile image

ManekiNeko 7 years ago from USA Author

mom: I checked the official CDC site and here's what they said:

"People with swine influenza virus infection should be considered potentially contagious as long as they are symptomatic and possible for up to 7 days following illness onset. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods."

Here's the link: http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/

Another good page for general swine flu info: http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/news/20090421/sw...

Everyone, please keep in mind that I'm not a doctor or a health professional. I'm just sharing what I've learned from doing my own research.


Sarah 7 years ago

I flew back from Mexico on 11th April, 2 days before the 1st reported case. I felt tired and started with a runny nose and headache on 26th April (over 2 weeks later). I also had back ache (perhaps from gardening) and was shivering (but perhaps because the temperature has dropped a lot recently). I still have the headache and runny nose. I also checked the incubation time on the internet so decided I hadn't got the swine flu but I am so worried that I'm contaminating colleagues and people who work with children. Has there been a case whereby someone contracted it after 10 days of being exposed to the virus?


Lorraine 7 years ago

My concern is the same as Sarahs. I returned home from Acapulco Apr 8th. I had alot of exposure to people on holiday from Mexico City. 11 days later I began to feel headachy, minor chills and a bit of a runny nose. I had periods of nausea as well. A week after these symptoms the symptoms became worse and additionally my lungs feel restrictive and I have some dizziness. I saw my doctor 2 days ago and based on the incubation period of max 9 days, she confirmed I didn't have swine flu. I'm still not feeling well and have been searching for more information. Of note, I had a flu shot in Dec/08.

I found a report that in fact about 60% of residents in La Gloria fell ill in Feb/09 and Swine Flu has been confirmed in at least one case. Other stories, eg, 39 bricklayer died 2 weeks ago (illness onset would have been prior); Woman in Oaxaco dies Apr 12; others in Veracrus and Perote died on Apr2 & 4; and, woman in Toribo had symptoms of Swine flu for over 2 weeks before she died - officials stated acute pneumonia on the death certificate.

I fear there isn't enough factual information to know for sure how long the incubation period is so I too wonder if, in fact, I have swine flu. Perhaps the flu shot in Dec/08 reduced my symptoms? I too worry about my family and co-workers. I've been home from work so far this week, but it's been about 2 weeks since I began feeling ill.


ManekiNeko profile image

ManekiNeko 7 years ago from USA Author

Sarah & Lorraine: Thank you for your stories and the additional information. I think everyone (including the health authorities) is still learning about all the details of this disease. Whether your symptoms are from swine flu or something else, it's always a good idea to take precautions (like staying home from work) to avoid spreading your germs.


mummy 7 years ago

My son said a friend of his was in Mexico city 3 weeks ago. This boy has been attending school for 2 days with a cough. Could this child be contagious. It would have to do with incubation time.

Everyone in the house seems to have the flu today, around 40hrs after my son sat with his mate at school.

Could an exposed person be contagious 20 days after exposure?


CANADA MOM 7 years ago

MY SONS OT WENT TO BAJA IN MARCH AND NOW HAS A COLD WHAT'S THE CHANCES SHE HAS SWINE FLU ? AND WHAT ARE THE CHANCES WE CAN GET OR HAVE IT ?(NO SIGNS YET)AND 2 KIDS IN MY DAUGHTER CLASS JUST GOT BACK FROM CANCUN AND PORTA V. MEXICO I'M WORRIED BUT DON'T WANT TO PANCIC. SCHOOL ISN'T DOING ANYTHING.YET.


Jessica 7 years ago

If most cases seem to have stemmed from Mexico, my thoughts wander to the toddler who died here in the US. If I am not mistaken, he was Mexican, here visiting. He arrived April 3? Presumably not sick on arrival. Died aprox 3 weeks later? They mention it as if he got sick here - first US death. Yet, if all (or most?) other cases were contracted IN Mexico, my gut tells me he likely did as well.. not came to the US and caught it here. It doesn't add up. But then look at the dates. Not sure when his symptoms started to show, but it seems a 2 week incubation time may be realistic (meaning not one day exposed, next day sick). For you readers/commenters above, I would definitely be thinking swine flu (unless there is a secondary tag along flu strain this time of year?.. do you normally get SICK in April?...)... No answers from my end, but I do think its more than is being told - not in a deadlier sense, just in a more details to be discovered sense..-.

PS... at home antivirals - - oregano oil, pau d'arko, etc.. look up natural anti-viral. You could supplement as preventative.... might ward it off, or lessen if caught. I'd still go to Dr if symptomatic, but there are things in nature to help us out, too.


Oxemity profile image

Oxemity 7 years ago from Saint Louis

This might be a dumb question, but I am curious, so I am gonna ask anyways! Haha, so where exactly does swine flu come from??


hmm 7 years ago

well i will keep a close eye on my kids but i do think schools need to be more alert.


Lorraine 7 years ago

You make some good suppositions Jessica. I too question just how much information about the virus is really known and confirmed.

I certainly understand your uneasiness Canada Mom (I'm from Canada too). I'm so fearful that I'll pass something on to my family and I have several very young grandchildren.

Further to my previous comment: Today I woke up not feeling any better than I had on Monday when I saw the doctor and when I poned the doctor's office, they suggested I go to Emergency, and further, that anyone suspecting they have swine flu would not be seen at any doctors offices or drop-in clinics.

The Emergency Room doctor too was of the theory that my incubation time was not right so didn't think I had swine flu. He listened to my chest and said all was good. So why does it hurt so much!? An xray confirmed I have pneumonia and given that this was not detected without the xray, he changed his mind and did take a sample to send for Swine Flu exam.

I feel a little more at ease and those who I've been in contact haven't caught anything. I am still staying away from family, friends and co-workers, at the doctors recommendation, until I'm better.


canada mom 7 years ago

how long does it take for the swine test results to come back lorraine? and was it a simple blod test or more? what else did the doctor say? hope your feeling better. from b.c


Marlene F. profile image

Marlene F. 7 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

Dear Manekiniko,

You have started a very important topic here. There has not been a pandemic flu strain circulating for a long time...The important thing to remember in all of this is not to panic. This is the flu. Many have died in Mexico, but, now the world knows about it... Please inform people not to panic if they have had contact and symptoms, or are afraid due to travel. As you noted this strain is treatable with 2 known antivirals, and too many people are thinking if they have a cough that they have swine flu! Remember, in certain areas of the world seasonal flu is still going around, and allergies are an issue in other areas....A novel influenza virus is a very serious issue, but please don't place so much concern on what you are seeing on the news. Concern yourself with symptoms, and contact your doctor if you are concerned....They will help you to figure it all out....


pgrundy 7 years ago

Thank you for this excellent, factual hub. It's great to get good information!


Amanda Severn profile image

Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

We have a few cases confirmed here in the UK. The numbers are tiny so far considering the global population, but I suppose it's naïve to assume that it might just peter out.


another mom 7 years ago

o.k panic has hit me. so can you tell me why people aren't screened as soon as they come of the plane from mexico or sourounding area? and why isn't there more beening done in city's to contain the virus. like if you think you have it there should be some where you can go instead of emergency and doctors offices as there you spread it to everyone else. ugh yes i know i shouldn't panic but if they are going to stop this they better take measures to control it right?


jane 7 years ago

more schools closed in our area. i don't understand why parents don't keep their kids home if there not feeling well?


Lorraine 7 years ago

Canada Mum: I was told I'd have results in 5-6 days.

Another Mom: My son and friends returned from Cancun May2 and before they could get on the plane in Mexico, were tested for fever and required to fill in a medical questionnaire.

My son has been keeping about a 6 foot distance, washing his hands frequently and using antibacerial hand sanitizer, just as a prevention. He has not been ill, nor do we expect he will become so. He says no one was sick on his resort. This is reassuring to me.

From another B.C.'er


belief713 profile image

belief713 7 years ago from NJ

To people asking q's because you think you have symptoms: Why are you waiting? If you're concerned, go see a doctor. The person who wrote this isn't necessarily a doctor, just delivering the facts.

Although people have died, what Marlene F. said is true, don't panic. We all know about it now, and let's face it - So many probably died in Mexico because look at their lack of health care...

@ ManekiNeko, thanks for sharing your research!

I was just in DMV the other day and even though we don't have this in NJ yet (that is known, anyway), there was a lady wearing one of those masks. I don't think it's THAT serious though (at least here).

I work with the traveling public & money and have been wearing gloves though lately, just to be safe.

The next craze will be a swine flu vaccine.


another mom 7 years ago

thanks lorraine: how you feeling? how'a your son, i am also from b.c

does your son have to be checked out upon comming back from Mexico? sounds like he is doing the right thing. how long did doc. tell him it could take before signs of having swine flu?


Lorraine 7 years ago

One doctor told me the maximum incubation period is 9 days, but I'm also hearing that 2-5 days is more probable. Newspaper articles are saying only to see a doctor if the symptoms occur.

I'm getting better. Still haven't gotten the results of the nose swab which is how they determine if I was infected with the influenza.

Since my son has been home, I'm feeling less anxious about the influenza. He and the other 5 that went with him are all fine and they say they didn't see any symptoms or sickness during their week in Cancun.

Lorraine from B.C.


another mom 7 years ago

thanks lorraine, when did you have the test? didn't think it would take so long. guess there not concerned(doc.). take care.


hmm 7 years ago

just heard on the news that they are reopening schools in the usa again , how are they going to break the cycle if they don't close? i feel for the kids that thave cronic health problems if they catch it.


morrisonspeaks profile image

morrisonspeaks 7 years ago

Thanks for sharing this.

For all of you who are concerned about the spread of swine flu, I was able to find face (dust) masks at Home Depot. Drug Fair, Shop Rite& CVS were all sold out. Then it dawned on me to call a hardware store, since these masks are often used when wood working, and sure enough, right there in aisle 7 of my HD, in the paint section, were all types of masks.

I bought some basic ones, and then a couple that allow for venting, which keeps one cooler, they say. While I don't tend to panic in these circumstances, I am a planner. So, IF I would need one of these, and any one of my friends or family need masks too, I have a supply. Presuming we all escape this viral strain, I'll use them while sanding my next project, or simply return them.

I would advise calling any store you are intending to purchase masks from, as many are sold out, and you surely don't want to be wasting your two most valuable assets--time and health on dry runs. So, do your homework, and be prepared yet continue to live your lives.

Good luck and great health to all of you!

Ms. Morrison


hmm  7 years ago

also the best thing to do is wash your hands and stay home if your not feeling well, and cough and sneeze into a tissue then throw it away. but wash your hands.


alex 7 years ago

I think i have it to the night before they started broadcasting about the flu i met a friend who was just in Mexico and he sad he had the flu 7 days later i woke up with a sour throat and minor fiver it's been about 5 days now and for the past 2 i have been feeling a tad better but can't seem to get well i was wondering how long does this flu last from what iv seen its about 2-3 weeks ? Oh by the way i live in NJ


hmm 7 years ago

hey alex call your doc. get checked out., this way you'll know for sure and can let other people know who you been around.


Lee 7 years ago

My son was sick 13 days ago with high fever, cough, body aches and no appetite for 5 days. This all started May 28th. He basically slept for 4 days of it. He came home yesterday June 9 and told us a friend of his has been sick all month and was just diagnosed yestertday with the swine flu. I took my son to the Doctor today and he says that they are just treating the swine flu lake any other flu and didn't even test him. He still has a cough and is still going to school. So confused. I also have 2 other children and pray they do not get sick too. I live in greater Vancouver.


Ari P 7 years ago

Hi

I got tested for swine flu and the test came out positive. I have been laying in bed for so long and not feeling any better. No one thinks I should try medication but I really feel terrible. Is there any treatment for swine flu without the medication? Like you drink orange juice when you have a cold, that sort of thing.

Please answer

Im really not feeling good and this would help so much

Thanks again,

Ari


ManekiNeko profile image

ManekiNeko 7 years ago from USA Author

Hi Ari - Sorry to hear you're feeling so bad. The best bet for getting over the flu is to make sure you're getting lots of fluids and rest. It will run its course in time. If you're in really bad shape, a doctor may give you antiviral medication (like Tamiflu), but it works best the first 24 to 48 hours of showing symptoms. If your symptoms get more serious (very high fever, can't keep fluids down, can't breathe well) you should see a doctor. But the swine flu strain that's going around has been causing mostly mild cases, which still suck but you'll get better on your own with rest. Feel free to drink orange juice (it has lots of vitamin C which boosts your immune system), eat chicken soup, or do whatever makes you feel better. Get well soon!


Angie 7 years ago

Hi Ari-

I also feel really bad and got tested for the swine flu (but don't know the results yet) The doctor recommended to take Advil Cold & Sinus to help with the symptoms, its been a week already and I still feel sick but not as bad as before. Hope you get better.


Nancy 7 years ago

Just got a positive test back. Really is a low grade flu but I am on day 9. Took a week to get swab, even then I had to ask to be tested as Dr. thought it was something else. No severe enough. But I'm a teacher so pushed for a swab. Donn't think I ran into anyone who had been in Mexico.


Angie 7 years ago

The test was positive, so I did have the H1N1 but after a week and a half...I feel soooo much better. After a lot of rest and lots of liquids my body was able to fight the virus. If you guys have any questions, pls let me know. Hope all of you get better soon- Angie.


steven 7 years ago

i just went to the docters today and got the flu on the weekend and they couldn't tell if i had it or not because i saw them after 48 hours does anyone on if u can still find out if you got it after the 48 hour period


Flora 7 years ago

I went to the ER today thinking I had pneumonia due to my symptoms cough and back pain. I tested positive for the flue, they had results in 30 minutes. Why is it taking so long for everyone to get results. I don't fell that bad, and I've only been sick for three days.

I hope every one else is as lucky as I have been.


Di 7 years ago

My husband got the swine flu the night he came back from San Diego . The next morning, I brought him to ER and he was prescribed Tamiflu. On the 3rd day, I got the swine flu and I immediately took Tamiflu. After the 4th day, we decided to let our kids stay at my sister's house as we are afraid that we could pass it in them. It's been a week now and we are feeling fine except for coughing. Is it safe to let the kids go back to our house now ?


Lisa 7 years ago

HI, eveyone, I live right next to chicago. ON June 11th my son became sick he is 5 yrs old, I took him to the Er cuz his fever was so high, it was 104, the rapid test came baack positive for influenza A. The doctor at the ER told me it was very likely he had the swine flu, but according to new state restrictions, couldn't send it in for further testing. Any how, my son had a feve for 7 days, and then was fever free for 4 days, and then got his fever back for 3 days. He is still coughing a month later, but no fever now. He mostly coughs in the morning and nite time. His nose is still a bit runny as well, it seems to me the recovery perioid for this h1n1 can be quite long. I myself have had a low grade fever on and off for the past month, and a feeling of tightness in my chest. I dont cough alot, just some, but I seem to have to clear my throat all the time. I havent gona back to the doctor, but Im wondering if I should. LORRAINE< I read your posts, and what you had sounded very similar to what I had/have. I actually went thru a week of diahrrea, before I got the chest symptoms. I also had a low grade fever then as well. SO Lorraine, are you well yet? and has anyone else had this problem? It would be great to hear of support. I am wondering if CDC or WHO realizes just how long this virus is staying alive within the human host. I have heard many a story of PPL onn ventilators for weeks or even a month, I have even read an article saying how they tested patients who had h1n1 and even though their symptoms went away they still test positive after a month later. KInda scary.

ANYONE have any input here? Im still clearing my throat and have a minor tempmusually about 99.8 and this has been going on for a month with chest minor chest pains and tighness..,and I took my course of tamiflu i got on June 12th went i TOOK MY SON IN TO THE ER. its long gone. i dont know what to do anymore...


pauldeudder1  7 years ago

try not to use tamiflu as the side effects can be lethal try instead Star ANAISE perhaps not spelt properly but a quick trip to wikipedia will educate everyone enough to realise that synthetic versions of this naturally growing herb can be lethal


Sarah 7 years ago

My friend is recovering from swine flu at the moment - she says she is feeling on the mend but still not 100%. I am going to china on friday. Would it be ok to see her next week before I go if she's feeling better? Would she still be contagious even after recovery?


Lisa 7 years ago

HI, just an update, my fever that i had for a month finally went away about 3 days ago. My 5 year old son and I still cough, but its almost gone completely. WOW and all this started in JUNE.. so SARAH< if you go and visit your friend, just dont get too close, and wash your hands with soap and water when you leave and make sure not to touch your face. ... just to be on the safe side. Its still not completely clear how long this h1n1 is contagious, since its a fairly new virus... Even though most people are recovering, about a thousand have died sooo far world wide,and Im sure most of them were fairly young and thought they would probably recover as well. its a sad thing, life sometimes. SO just eat healthy and take the basic precautions.


Lesley Montgomery 7 years ago

The colleague I sit next to at work's daughter has swine flu and today she was showing signs. ie very hot, kept coughing up flem. Could I catch it sitting so close.


Ivan 7 years ago

pauldeudder1 please do not tell people tamiflu is lethal this is simply not true. Also Wikipedia is not a reliable source for anything. I have swine flu and I have been taking prescribed tamiflu which has knocked it on the head and im feeling better already. Some of my symptoms have dissipated overnight i.e tiredness aching coughing up flem and runny nose.


Susana S profile image

Susana S 7 years ago

I have swine flu at the moment and it really is no fun. So much for the mild disease they keep saying on the news! I haven't been this ill since I had flu last time in about 1995. From me and my daughters experience i would say that the incubation period is about 6 or 7 days. I'm taking tamiflu and luckily have had no side effects.


TX girl 7 years ago

I am a nanny for two girls and tuesday both girls were not feelinga hudred percent, however they had no fever. That wednesday night they both got a fever that was a 101. Thursday morning I started feeling congested which is how I normally feel when I get allergies. I had to take the girls to the doctors office and they did a nose swab on both girls which came back positive for Influenza A. The doctor said the only flu still going around is swine flu, so they believe that it is what we have. The symptoms hit me harder last night with my temperature rising up to 101.8, which I took nightquill and I started to feel better. I am very achy and have chills although when I take tyenol or nightquill both chills and achies go away. I personally and this is just an opinion from when I was growing up that my mom and I both believe in is that our bodies know how to both heal themselves and to get fight viruses. P.S. there is no cures to viruses that man can find. Many of the people who died from H1N1 already had prevoius and cronique health problems. The best thing to do in my opinion is to stay home rest, take vitamin C to boast your immune system so that you body can better fight off the virus. One of the girls I watch was already feeling better yeasterday and her tempurature had already gone down. Everyone will have a different experience with this viruse depending upon the health they are already in previous to contracting the viruse. Also the person the girls may have contracted it from was over a month ago. I believe depending on how well maintained your immune system is will determine the incubation period. Until researchers have thoughly explored everything thing about this viruse there will always be exceptions and unlikley things to happen.


louise 7 years ago

can swine flu be spread before the symptoms have come out during the incubation period?


Emma 7 years ago

I currently have swine flu. It started off at the weekend, feeling very tired and skin was extremely sore to touch, I also had a bit of a bad chest. By the Sunday I felt very ill, my body was aching, I felt very sickly, my head was hurting and I had a cough. I stared taking Tamiflu yesterday, the only side effects I got was the sickness (this was because I hadn't eaten anything). I took another one last night, by this time I had managed to eat a little, I didn't get any sickness afterwards. If you take the Tamiflu it is best to have something to eat beforehand. I last had flu about 9 years ago and this is very similar. Swine flu for me didn't start off as a cold, it was the tiredness, sore chest and sore skin. It's strange but I knew I had it because I never felt like this since I had flu a few years back. Everone's different I suppose! I still don't have a runny nose though. I haven't got a clue where I picked it up from either!


Guy 7 years ago

I think i got it too, a week ago i started a cough and somewhat of a soar throat, i had a mild fever 38.2degs just for a day. Now i dnt feel the symptoms anymore, just occasionally i cough and there are some questions that have been going through my mind, i hope someone would be able to answer them :

1) At the stage i m in now, is it still contagious?

2) Overall the disease was like a weak flu, could it be that it wasn't even H1N1?

3) Is it true that people who got contaminated by it now develop immunity for it ?


lucy 7 years ago

i got the swine flu went to thedoctor on friday..its sunday and i feel completely better!


marissa 7 years ago

how long does a fever usually last when having the swine flu.


JAS 7 years ago

WE live in Eugene,Oregon and my husband is an RN in a local hospital. They have two girls in their early 20s and over all healthy who were admitted a couple weeks ago who have the swine flu. I havnt heard anything in the news about it which I find very strange. Especially, since one wasn't doing very well at all. Seems like they would want to warn the public to take precautions. Now weeks later my 20yr old son said him and his fiancé had a little girl over the other night who the doctors think has it. Why would the health department not be informing the general public that there are known cases being diagnosed in our area?


Lucas 7 years ago

Just got a nose swab today for swine flu and it came back positive. I've been sick for about 2 days now but my concern is that I was sick for 2 weeks before that with another infection and then I got swine flu before i completely healed. I heard that if you had an illness and then contracted swine flu in the middle of you sickness you are considered "high risk". I also have asthma, and both these things worry me a bit. My symptoms have been extremely mild, but should I still be woried?


Kate 7 years ago

My son and sister inlaw have been sick with some sx. of flu. fever, headache dizzy sore throat and cough. no body aches. fever is about 103. my sister inlaw is on day 10 of fever and my son is on day 6. about how long will this last and do you think its the flu?


heidi5036 7 years ago

nose swabbing is to test for influenza, not h1n1. if it comes back positive it is most likely swine flu since that is the only strain being reported right now (per dr.). regular flu season normally hits in november thru january.

11 year old daughter has had symptoms less than 24 hours and is completely over it as of this morning. it is just a strain of flu with about the same symptoms and mortality rate as the flu we have been dealing with all our lives. try to take all the necessary precautions you normally would for flu. it will all be fine!


The Happy Medium 7 years ago

I had these same symptoms last May. It lasted 5 weeks. Now I have similar symptoms but not as bad... I'm on day 3. I had the fatigue and slight headache, then random stabbing pains no place reasonable, then phlegm at top of lungs, bottom of throat. 3rd day had a swollen sore throat that only lasted a bit. Swelling went down and got scratchy. Sucked on raw ginger root. Gone. Drinking water, taking salt baths, herbs, and sleeping sitting up helps keep it from going down to lungs. I feel pretty good, except now I'm noticing so many people with this mild version of a cough... are we all infecting each other and CAN YOU CATCH IT AGAIN AND AGAIN?


cindy 7 years ago

i have been sick for aweek my body feels real weak and tiredbody aches bad headache runny nose sore throat high fever that wont break bad cough chest is tight throwing up and mild diarrha its really taking atoll on me . went to the doctor cause i cant do anything but lie in bed i amso sick he is treating me for he said might be a sinus infection andstomach flu . he didn't check for swine flu which is in our area he gave me antibiotics which arent helping i had sinus infections before but none like this. is it possible that i have swine flu/


rawr 7 years ago

i am 13 and i have been diagnosed with the swine flu.. i believe i got it from a girl i sat next to in class.. she was coughing and sneezing and then she would hug me after class for no apparent reason. so now i've been absent 3 days not including the weekend andmy body is killing me.. it is now getting to the point where my lungs are acheing and i feel like giving up. and you can only catch it once in one season so.. i feel as if it might have gone down to my lungs.. i heard it can be fatal if it does.. help?


sally 7 years ago

I have had the seasonal flu twice as an adult and don't know if I've had it additional times and didn't know it. The way I know the 2 times were flu was that my lungs hurt when I took a deep breath shortly after I got sick, and both times I felt like doing nothing for about 2 wk. So don't assume this means you have a really bad case. If you are feeling much worse than you did after your second day or third, you probably should see doctor to make sure you don't have pneumonia, especially if your temperature is higher than your 2nd day or so or if it is above 101 or so, (i am just guessing at these guidelines.) I would at least call the doctor you saw and describe carefully or go back and let them hear your lungs and see if you need an xray of lungs or something if you feel much worse than you did or have a high fever. It is probably too late for antiviral drugs to help but I am not sure, so call doctor or go in if you are too worried or think you need to. I don't know exactly how the symptoms of this flu vary from others. They say common symptoms are cough, fatigue, aches, possibly fever, possibly diarreah or nausea but not all cases.


sally 7 years ago

cindy, it sounds like the flu to me, and the only flu going around now is swine flu where I live. In twenty something states it is widespread. others more sporadic. If antibiotics don't help it isn't sinus most likely. Drink clear liquids - 7 up/sprite, clearer gatoraide, maybe dilute it with water so not so acid, maybe apple juice diluted with water and water until diarreah better and rest. If the fever is very high take tylenol but only amount directed on label, not more. If you don't feel better soon go back to dr or a different one. It is normal for flu to take 2 wk of feeling lousy for me, but you must monitor how high fever is and also that haven't thrown up enough and had diarreah enough to be dehydraded. If you aren't keeping ANY liquids down for a day or so, go to dr or hospital to get treated for dehydration. Your mouth, eyes, and skin, maybe lips may feel dry, you throw up many times or have diarreah frequently over 12 hr or so, will vary by person, age, how much vomiting and diarreah, whether keeping any liquids down etc. you can make a rehydration solution if you can keep it down:

1 qt. or liter water, 3/4 tsp. salt, 4 Tbs. sugar, 1 tsp.baking soda. I wrote down cool, so the place i copied this must have said heat, maybe enough to disolve everything. then after cool add 1 cup orange juice. Sip about 3 pints a day till diarreah stops. If old enough and diarreah really bad, over the counter immodium stops diarreah for me but then i don't go for days so may slow getting rid of the germ, i don't know. but if old enough to take it and diarrea continues bad, I would take it for me.


Lisa 7 years ago

My grandson's class mate died today from the swine flu. She was 12 years old. She started feeling ill 4 days ago. The news stated that the virus caused swelling of her brain. I fell so bad for her family, I can't imagine going through that. The school is remaining open. I don't know what to think. I'm afraid my grandson will get sick. My daughter is going to send him and my other 2 grandkids to school. I wish she wouldn't. I just don't want to take a chance of them getting infected with this horrible virus. You all know kids will forget to wash their hands. They cough on each other etc. They can't help it their children. What can we do????


Jane 7 years ago

Lisa, we must be in the same area. My kids both have it and it was scary as my oldest also has pneumonia. It developed in less than 2 days. I had to call around and drive 30 minutes to find Tamiflu. Even with compounding, most pharmacies had run out of the pills and liquid. I was lucky to get it.

That poor little girl died because of bad guidelines and without existing health problems. It is tragic and my heart goes out to that family. I think you are right on about closing schools so it can burn out. Especially if Tamiflu is impossible to get and pneumonia develops quickly.

Does anyone know if this can mutate and come back to hit you again?


lisa 7 years ago

Jane, I'm in Corpus Christi, TX. I was in the grocery store last night and a mother in the store was looking frantically for something to buy for her sick child, she said she took him to the clinic and was told they had too many patients to see and wouldn't be able to see him! He is running a high fever!! She said the place was so crowded she had to park across the street! Said the hosp. er is the same way! I told her I would go everywhere until I found someone to treat him. This is crazy!!! This town is always running out of things, seems there are too many people for this city to handle.

As far as the virus mutating and coming back to hit you again, I have heard that some have thought they were over it and have gotten sick again, ending up in the hosp. An yes you are right about Tamiflu, demand far outwieghts the supply in this town.


sally 7 years ago

I feel for those of you who are worried. Try not to panic, as most cases are relatively mild.

A Harvard medical guide book i have says usually not to treat children's (exclude infants here) fever unless above 102 and adults unless above 101. I will here note another exception I learned. In the elderly a 101 temperature is much more significant than in other adults and is comparable to a higher fever in significance. my mother had a urinary tract infection with 101 temprature and maybe 6-10 hr. after I noticed she was hot, she had not complained, she couldn't get up without being carried. My dad had the same thing happen. Their infections had gotten into their blood stream without their being aware of pain etc. They were both in late 80's or early 90's.

don't EVER give children asprin, use tylenol or ibuprofen. infants get specific instructions from your doctor.

Ways to cool a temp. below 102: dress in light clothes and keep room cool. (pileing on the blankets makes you hotter, which may help kill some germs, but if your temp gets too high you need to bring it down instead),

in a warm room sponge off with lukewarm water

drink plenty of liquids such as water or juice.

this is so wide spread i don't think there is any way for children who go where there are other children to avoid it now. It would probably require staying at home for a year, and even though i stay home mostly, i do go to walmart and an occasional restraunt or bank and so may get it. That's the time I use the hand cleaners, open doors with my hand behind my tee shirt and push them with butt or shoulder, put clothes in washer when get home, use my pen not the store/banks when possible etc.

RAWR, CINDY and others who read my earlier post about prior flu's making my lungs hurt when I took a breath. This for me was only early in the flu and pain only for a second or so when took a deep breath. It went away on its own quickly. If you are having constant, severe or frequent chest pain, you should see a doctor. I just read in the book I mentioned that the flu virus can cause pneumonia. You also watch for other symptoms, in under 3 severe illness symptoms may only be lethargy, vomiting or fever. In older children and adults watch for fever, nausea, vomiting, severe headache, aversion to light and a stiff neck. These are symptoms of meningitis. Severe neck pain and stiffness, especially when touching the chin to the chest can quickly be followed by confusion, loss of consciousness and death in bacterial meningitis. Viral meningitis is not usually as severe and doesn't progress as fast generally, and may heal itself within a week .

I am going to post again and give Mayo clinic web site on fever and may also copy it here.


sally 7 years ago


sally 7 years ago

PART of MAYO INFO IN ABOVE LINK:

Get medical help for a fever in these cases:

If a baby is younger than 3 months of age and has a rectal temperature of 100.4 F (38 C) or higher. Even if your baby doesn't have other signs or symptoms, call your doctor just to be safe.

If a baby is older than 3 months of age and has a temperature of 102 F (38.9 C) or higher.

If a newborn has a lower than normal temperature — less than 97 F (36.1 C) rectally.

If a child younger than age 2 has a fever for more than one day, or a child age 2 or older has a fever for more than three days. If your child has a fever after being left in a very hot car, seek medical care immediately.

If an adult has a temperature of more than 103 F (39.4 C) or has had a fever for more than three days.

Call your doctor immediately if any of these signs or symptoms accompanies a fever:

A severe headache

Severe swelling of the throat

Unusual skin rash

Unusual eye sensitivity to bright light

A stiff neck and pain when the head is bent forward

Mental confusion

Persistent vomiting

Difficulty breathing or chest pain

Extreme listlessness or irritability

Abdominal pain or pain when urinating

Any other unexplained symptoms

When reporting a fever to your doctor, don't attempt to convert from a rectal reading to an oral reading. It's simpler to just report what the reading was and how you took it.

See AlsoHand Scheduled

Fever

Reye's syndrome

Related Links

Fever treatment: Quick guide to treating a fever

Related Guides Children

FA00063

Jan. 12, 2008

© 1998-2009 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER). All rights reserved. A single copy of these materials may be reprinted for noncommercial personal use only. "Mayo," "Mayo Clinic," "MayoClinic.com," "EmbodyHealth," "Reliable tools for healthier lives," "Enhance your life," and the triple-shield Mayo Clinic logo are trademarks of Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.

Print Share Reprints close window

E-mail this page

* Required fields

* Recipient's e-mail address

* Your name

* Your e-mail

Clicking "send" signifies that you have read and agree to our privacy policy.

Share this on ...

StumbleUpon

Digg

del.icio.us

Facebook

MySpace

Link to this page

To link to this page, copy this HTML and paste it onto your Web page.

Fever: First aid

Guidelines for sites linking to MayoClinic.com Advertisement

Check out these best-sellers and special offers on books, newsletters and DVDs from Mayo Clinic.

Get your free trial issue of Women's HealthSource!

Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Back Pain DVD

Mayo Clinic Five Steps to Controlling High Blood Pressure

Try Mayo Clinic Health Letter free!

COMING SOON! — The Mayo Clinic Diet

Advertising and sponsorship policy

Advertising and sponsorship opportunities


Cinoy fromArkansas 7 years ago

ling with the swine flu for 2 weeks now. I'm a single mom of 4. I've done everything thr doctors said to do and now I'm reverting to the herbal and naturalists way. We started drinking silver water and taking more vit.C and echinacia capsules. Within 2 days I only have a slight cough; my eldest who caught it after me a week ago is all better. no fever or anything for 48hrs. my 3 youngest just got sick last night and already starting to show improvements. So thanks to my god mother we are getting better without being overdone by medications.


HighDesert 7 years ago

Two very good links cited in early post in this thread by ManekiNeko are http://cdc.gov/swineflu and http://webmd.com

Also check out USA http://www.flu.gov and UK http://www.direct.gov.uk

This Weds, I noticed sore throat which by next day had become very painful, very runny nose, fever of 103, chills. Eventually I developed "productive" cough, frequent sneezing.

Feeling much better today, without taking any "remedies" aside from drinking lots of fluids, staying home alone, getting lots of rest--although for first few night after beginning symptoms, very stuffy nose made it difficult to sleep. I advise anyone with same trouble (and who doesn't have hospital type bed which can be raised behind head) to rest against many pillows in order to try sleeping almost sitting up (who says you have to lie down flat to sleep?)

I'd not been out in public place since Tuesday, when I may have had contact with students from school districts which had cases of Swine Flu reported in local newspaper on Thursday. That article mentioned manual for schools at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/fluinfo.asp

That site includes printable posters for schools--it's very important that kids--and older people--realize importance of washing hands THOROUGHLY and covering up coughs & sneezes. I've seen teen girl just briefly moisten hands after using toilet, and teen boy who won't cover up his sneezes although only a couple feet from me at most inside small inclosed space (I guess he never has seen film of how far droplets spray from a cough or sneeze...)

I plan to stay home alone at least until important meetings on Monday & Tuesday, if I am no longer coughing or sneezing (I already have face masks given to me by nursing staff because of bad cold last year).

Attendees of meetings include some elderly, so will warn them and try to avoid touching shared materials if I do attend. Hope I will be no longer contagious by then.

I wonder if flu can be spread by shared computer keyboard (tho likely air-born germs are also around the same area). Might be good idea anyway to use disinfectant wipe after touching frequently used public phone, touch-screen, or computer keyboard--and don't touch your face while using those!


Gina 7 years ago

Haven't read every post here, but the #1 way to prevent the spread of this virus is to WASH YOUR HANDS! Our hands carry all kinds of bugs. Sneeze or cough into your shoulder or sleeve (something with fabric). This is hard to do with children, so we can only do our best. As for masks, N95 respirators are NOT necessary because it is a droplet mode of transmission NOT airborne.

WASH YOUR HANDS....WASH YOUR HANDS....WASH YOUR HANDS! Always be aware of where your hands have been. Someone not being diligent sneezes or coughs openly and the droplets land on a desk. A visitor walks in and leans on the desk with his hands. The visitor then takes the contaminated hands to the door handle. The door handle is now contaminated. This person then touches a common phone. See where this is going?


Rana 7 years ago

is it safe to give 2 years old baby with g6pd ( glucose 6 phosphat deffeciency )tamiflu or it is contraindicated


Brandon 7 years ago

hi

two days ago i went to school and i had a cough. Then the next day i had a very bad cough and i was tired, i had a headache, my joints are aching, i had a tempurature of 101.3 and i think i have swine flu if you know anything about that and have any suggestions or answers please comment back

thanks, brandon


terry 7 years ago

brandon, hope you are feeling better..did u go see a doctor? that would be the best and only way to know for sure and stay home


Tami 7 years ago

Tamiflu is helpful to some people, but for some people it can make you feel really sick (on top of already feeling icky with the flu).


Tim 7 years ago

Starting on around Saturday, I had a very nasty case of diarrhea. Then on Sunday, my eyes started to burn (not sure how that relates). On Monday, I went to school. During 3rd Period (about 10:30~11:30) I started to have a sore throat, runny nose and headache.I felt even worse during lunch when I was in the shade (that's the chills, right?) I didn't check my temperature yet, but it was and is well above normal. Now it's Wednesday, and I can barely make myself breakfast. My question is: I have 10 days to return to school. Do you guys think I will recover in time to do so?


Mary 7 years ago

So I have been disagnosed with the swine flu. I don't know what the incubation period is, but the doctors said you are contaigious while you are fighting a fever, as soon as that goes down, it's supposedly not contaigious anymore. I am on the second day with this flu, and they said it should last ten days at the most. That's all I got for you! But don't take my word for it, if your sick see a doctor right away and let them tell you the details.


Ms 7 years ago

I have been sick for a week. It started with a runny nose. I got cold my temp was 94 I couldn't get warm for 3-4hrs even with warm clothes blankets tea & heating pad. I fell asleep cold woke up 2-3 hrs later with 101.6 fever weakness bodyaches terrible headache & stuffy nose which I fought with tyelnol mutli symptom & vitamin c lots of tea water soup but I went to my dr cuz I knew this wasn't normal cold he gave me a nose swab & it came back positIve for influenza A. My dr said the CDC is not testing for swine flu anymore they're treating all flu like illness like it is swine flu. He wrote me a script for RobutussinA/C & he told me to take advil/tyenol for fever drinks lots of fluids & rest only come back if can't breathe. I went home took tyelnol drank more tea temp got up to 102.6 It finally broke when I googled how to stop a stuffy nose ( the pressure was very bad & I couldn't breathe thru my nose & I was getting a really dry sore throat from breathin thru my mouth& coughing up phelgm) that site read USE ADVIL for stuffy nose it is antinflammatory & that's why nose is stuffed lining is inflamed. I SWITCH to advil & my nose cleared I took it every 4 hrs with robutussin A/C & it has helped my head congestion. After that (day3) I started drinking ORGANIC Veg broth & my fever broke & I have been clearing my throat & coughing still (it's day 7) no fever since day 3 still taking advil if nose starts to stuff up & I don't eat anything bad only tea, veg broth, soup, I had oatmeal today with tea. My tea is decaf Lipton I add honey alittle sugar. If u have this or known someone who does KEEP WARM drink mass fluids keep drinking warm fluids to help sore throat & loosens phelgm & REST don't go out stay home except to go to dr. Have someone else bring u your meds (get robutussin A/C of u have cough unless allergic to codeine) Dont stop even if u feel better keep on drinking lots of fluids. U will be contagious until your symptoms are gonna not just fever all head congestion everytime u cough sneeze or blow ur nose you are able to pass it to someone else especially when u touch ur face. Everything u touch is contagious. WASH your HANDS often sick or not if u live with someone sick try to stay away cover your mouth nose if they cough sneeze. Don't touch where they touch use a napkin or sleeve to open doors refrigerator faucet microwave phones or wipe them down with disinfectant wipe including where u sit at table to eat wipe your area down b4 u touch it. This will help u to not get sick. Also, CBS.com reported on 10/22 that if u have swine & get vaccine it could cause Guilleres Barrinsens disease. I don't know if I have swine but I need to research this B4 I get vaccine. I just want to survive. Good luck & God Bless


Clara 7 years ago

So I have anemia (an iron deficiency) and under-active thyroid disease, if I got the swine flu do I have a greater chance of dying, what should I do!?


gee 7 years ago

to reply to Ms., if you have the swine flu then you do not need the vaccine. The vaccine is only a small dose of the swine flu that is injuected into your body, and your body checks it out, builds antibodies for it, and then when you are exposed to the virus your body will already be armed and ready to fight it off with the antibodies. So if you have had the swine flu and recovered, your body already has those antibodies to fight it off if necessary.


ALWAYS WORRIED 7 years ago

So, I have been sick lately. Never put two and two together about the swine flu. But is there a way to get tested to see if my body has had the swine flu even if I am not showing symptoms?


Ella 7 years ago

That's exactly what I was wandering "Always worried". Both of my kids had some of the symptoms and so did I, but no fever. Dr. did not do test for any of us, for kids he prescribed antibiotics and they are getting better. I felt as my brain is going to run out of my nose and cough was so dry and unbelievable. I actually had two rounds of what ever it is. For first round I used over counter drugs (day Quil flu and cough) and I also kept drinking a lots of tea. I got better but few days after new series much worse, so I went do dr. and she gave me z-pack said it's mild bronchitis from seasonal flue and allergies. But, with respect all dr. and their knowledge, how do we know it's not swine if we are not tested and symptoms are same as seasonal flu? I think more testing is really necessary to separate infected from non- infected. It doesn't do any good if I'm washing my hands every 5 min if I get in contact with someone who is infected and may not even now that.

ps. I used special home made tea for my cough that I think helped a lot, it may sound yak but it's not. It tastes similar to tera-flu medicated tea. Recipe: Broil 1 whole onion with everything on it just washed in about 1 liter of water for about 5-10 min. add to it juice from 1 whole fresh lemon and several tbls of honey ( more or less per your desire to sweeten) serve as warm as you could take it. Drink instead of water when cool.

It helped me a lot and I wanted to share it.


Jessay profile image

Jessay 7 years ago from USA

Congratulations on the success of this hub. Helpful, too.


Diane 7 years ago

Doctors in MN told us that they would NOT be testing symptomatic but otherwise normal, healthy children or adults for H1N1 because by the time the test comes back you would be over most of it. Also, if they tested everyone who came in they would overwhelm the testing facilities and it already takes 5 days to get results.

Doctors at local clinics have stated Tamiflu is reserved, again, for those with underlying medical conditions and certain age groups....they won't give it out to just anyone. In fact, would not give it to either of my grandchildren ages 8, 11 even with H1N1 symptoms and in early stage.

Both of the kids are now better and have returned to school. Kids often bounce back quickly, and so it did appear they were over it and then the fever did re-appear. Thus, I do understand why some parents would think the child was better and then they would get sick again at school. One grandchild had symptoms (cough, sore throat, fevers coming and going) 4 days and the other 7 days and both were kept home 48 hours after last fever even though the school policy said 24 hours after last fever. As we found they did go 24 hours and then fever did come back. So they did not return until after the 48 hours fever free period. Our treatment was following doctor advice to push drinking fluids, monitoring fevers and keeping watch for complications like a fever that would not come down with tylenol or advil or cough that worsened. Luckily none of that happened and, for my family, the flu was not as bad as I feared.

Also, as a side note, I am over 60 and caring for two sick children night and day, in close contact, and did not get the swine flu. I did not wear a mask and my only procautions were to put all dishes immediately in dish washer and wash my hands often....to the point that they are chapped!


Tatiana 7 years ago

If my daughter got the H1N1 mist vaccine yesterday and wasn't feeling well at night. Is that normal?


Tiffany 7 years ago

I am worried about the people around me! As i am not sure if i have swine flu i have had head aches, runny nose, sore throat, and coughing. I only had a sore throat for 1 day but i still have a head ache, runny nose, and i am still coughing. I am not sure if people around me know for sure if they have swine flu or not, and they could be contaguise. I think i might be alittle over protective but i am worried. Is Swine Flu non to last Long in someones body? I hope u can answer my questions.

Thank You!


Ray 7 years ago

Tatiana, Flu vaccines are made from weakened viruses and so there is always a chance that a person who was vaccinated will become infected with a (usually mild) case of the virus they are being treated for. So it could be a touch H1N1, or it could be just a cold. Make sure and watch her and drink plenty of fluids so that the mucus in her system stays liquid and doesn't clog her respritory system up (I know, gross)

Tiffany, it's good to be concious of H1N1 (and any flu), but don't panic! If you think you're coming down with something, restrict your contact with other people and try not to touch things without washing your hands first.. or at least using hand sanitizer. Also cough and sneeze into a handkerchif, tissue or into the inside of your elbow. Just try to keep a clean environment and drink PLENTY of fluids. I'm not kidding, light colored liquids (water, herbal tea, chicken broth, 7-Up, Sprite) are the big key for getting over any flu. Of course, orange juice is always a good thing to invest in during the flu season, no matter if you're sick or healthy :-)


Josie 7 years ago

My 24 yo daughter was sick over 2 weeks ago, fever, sore throat; then felt better for a day or two, then began vomiting for a day or so. Felt better for a week or so, then last week developed low grade fever with chest pain & sore throat again, next day when treated (Tylenol) fever did not reduce and vomiting bile the following day, went to ER, they tested her, said it was a painful nose swab, gave her results during the same visit. She has H1N1 and pneumonia... thruout this ordeal we noted that she'd feel terribly, we'd discuss having her tested but she would begin to feel better. The pt I'm trying to make is, even if you begin to feel better, be cautious. She has been staying with her sister who also felt badly but feels okay currently, her 9 mo old daughter had a runny nose but also seems alright at this time. I am very concerned for the grandbaby who's pediatrician said she will not test her unless she exhibits symptoms. Seems stupid to me especially since the baby (and my elder daughter) have both clearly been exposed. I've been around all of them of course and aside from headachey and a bit of fatigue, I think I'm fine... Just venting. Younger daughter is on antibiotics and tamaflu, she began to feel better quickly after taking meds but I feel needs to stay in bed and continue with fluids and rest until all meds have been taken. Any thoughts?


Emma 7 years ago

I am just recovering from the swine flu. Started feeling ill last Tuesday them onset of symptoms really kicked in on the Wednesday. I was just wondering how long the virus can live on surfaces for because I went in my car for the first time today since becoming very ill last Wednesday, and this evening I feel a bit shaky, have some head and face pain and have heart palpitations, I am still coughing. A bit like i felt last Tuesday. I did wipe the car down inside with antibacterial wipes. What are the chances of me getting reinfected again? is this still just the aftermath of having the swine flu? As it has been nine days now. Is this normal? Any thoughts or comments would be greatly appreciated. This is one of the worst illnesses I have had, its the worst I have ever felt its worse than normal flu and I wouldn't wish it on anybody.


lawlady 7 years ago

I think I have the swine flu.

I came down with an itchy throat Mon. afternoon and had a bad cough by evening. I got very little sleep that night for the coughing and by Tue. morning felt like I had bronchitis. The fever and body aches started around noon on Tue. It all went downhill from there. My Doctor didn't even want me to come in. He just called in the meds. The Tamaflu does upset my stomach a bit but it is sooo worth it. I am begining to feel better. My fever has broken. I am still weak but I think this is from the bronchitis. I have meds for that also.

All in all I have to say this was the fastest attack I have ever seen. I never got the yucky head and nasal stuff. It went straight for my chest and the body aches had me in tears. I have felt better after a bad car wreck. I think that by getting the Tamiflu so quickly I shortened the life of this bug. I am just now out of bed for short spells and aside from the chest stuff and weakness I am feeling a good bit better. Several of my co workers have tested poss for H1N1 so I feel sure that is what I have. I am worried about

being contagious. I sure don't want to give this to my loved ones. Does anyone know how long we are contagious.


Daniel 7 years ago

This is my story about my swine flu.

Today is Friday. On the Tuesday morning in the same week, I started having sore throat. By 4pm on Tuesday still, I started to feel chills in the whole body, slight headache, slight fatigue, slight feverish. I quickly took my own medicine for fevers, pains and sore throat. The next day on Wednesday I went to see the doctor. He did a test for me, but told me to continue taking my medicine which I had.

Today it is Friday he told me the test came back positive and I have swine flu, but I am already feeling better. I had almost all the symptoms of swine for 3 days but now I have only coughing, running nose, and very very slight fatigue. I do not know how many more days I need to keep myself quaranteen. I do not dare to meet my girlfriend and also my friends. We just talk over the phone.


Dante 7 years ago

So my Girlfriend had swine flu haven't you know done anything nor see her now shes cured for about a month will it get pass to be if we you know?


dawn bancroft 7 years ago

once treated how long does it take to recover from?


Lori 6 years ago

I got the swine flu two weeks ago, started with a sore throat, then severe chills and fever, my fever got up to 103...I was so nauseated...some diahrea, the fatigue is what got me...so hard to go up and down stairs, tired all the time, and going from one room to the next was so hard- so hard to breath - I am feeling better day by day, but its a slow process...what is still lingering is being nauseated...I found that drinking hot decafinated tea with honey and cinnamon worked for me the first three days and iburprofin..

I am glad I did not get the shots...the first time I got a flu shot ever...I was severly sick for two weeks...and I am not alergic to eggs(which is strange)...so I know there is no way I could get the Swine Flu shot - also after hearing horror stories from people...I would rather go thru the flu's then get the shot


cjtrouble 6 years ago

people listen to me. i haven't one to the doctor due to some personal reasons but im sure that i'm ettin over the swine flu.

it is the WORST THING ive ever been through. ive vommited 10 times, my headache is so severe that moving at all causes me to lose consiousness, my throat feels like knives are stabbing into it, my stomach is bruised too from all the vommiting. oh and the body sores are CRIPPLING.

PEOPLE BE CAREFUL OF THIS. ibuprofen, and niquil are the thing that have helped. im telling you ppl swine flu is the worst thing that i've ever experienced. i lhonestly thought that i was going to die.

but the WORST THING OF ALL, was the vicious cycle that my stomach went thru with starvation and the unableness to down any sort of food. i haven't eaten in literally 6 days and i CANT eat anything without it causing me to feel like absolute shit and having to throw up.


cjtrouble 6 years ago

one more thing. im 18 years old and im an athlete. i can say that im in good shape at 180 lbs and ive lost 14 lbs. going from eating a lot of food every day cause i work out and run and have a good metabolism, to not being able to eat a single bit of ANYTHING, i can feel my life slip away from me day by day and i really don't want to die. but i'm tellin you, it's possible. :(


best buy garmin nuvi 6 years ago

nice information..thank you.


best buy garmin nuvi 6 years ago

thank you for your topic..keep update.


asdfghjklqwertyuiopzxcvbnm 4 years ago

Thank You for your help it helped me a lot

Thanks a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From what I've read, how long the swine flu lasts depends on how severe your symtpoms are. Most of the US cases have been mild, and people are recovering within a few weeks.

As for medication, two flu meds seem to work against the swine flu: Tamiflu and Relenza. You have to get a prescription and they work best when taken within the first 48 hours of starting symptoms.

mom 2 years ago

if someone had swine flu and went to school on the last day of it, would they be contagious? could their brothers, sisters, and parents be 'carrying' the virus before they show symptoms? and lastly, could these brothers, sisters, and parents be unknowingly infecting people -- or are you only contagious if you are actively showing symptoms? thanks so much

ManekiNeko profile image

ManekiNeko Hub Author 2 years ago

mom: I checked the official CDC site and here's what they said:

"People with swine influenza virus infection should be considered potentially contagious as long as they are symptomatic and possible for up to 7 days following illness onset. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods."

Here's the link: http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/

Another good page for general swine flu info: http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/news/20090421/sw

Everyone, please keep in mind that I'm not a doctor or a health professional. I'm just sharing what I've learned from doing my own research.

Sarah 2 years ago

I flew back from Mexico on 11th April, 2 days before the 1st reported case. I felt tired and started with a runny nose and headache on 26th April (over 2 weeks later). I also had back ache (perhaps from gardening) and was shivering (but perhaps because the temperature has dropped a lot recently). I still have the headache and runny nose. I also checked the incubation time on the internet so decided I hadn't got the swine flu but I am so worried that I'm contaminating colleagues and people who work with children. Has there been a case whereby someone contracted it after 10 days of being exposed to the virus?

Lorraine 2 years ago

My concern is the same as Sarahs. I returned home from Acapulco Apr 8th. I had alot of exposure to people on holiday from Mexico City. 11 days later I began to feel headachy, minor chills and a bit of a runny nose. I had periods of nausea as well. A week after these symptoms the symptoms became worse and additionally my lungs feel restrictive and I have some dizziness. I saw my doctor 2 days ago and based on the incubation period of max 9 days, she confirmed I didn't have swine flu. I'm still not feeling well and have been searching for more information. Of note, I had a flu shot in Dec/08.

I found a report that in fact about 60% of residents in La Gloria fell ill in Feb/09 and Swine Flu has been confirmed in at least one case. Other stories, eg, 39 bricklayer died 2 weeks ago (illness onset would have been prior); Woman in Oaxaco dies Apr 12; others in Veracrus and Perote died on Apr2 & 4; and, woman in Toribo had symptoms of Swine flu for over 2 weeks before she died - officials stated acute pneumonia on the death certificate.

I fear there isn't enough factual information to know for sure how long the incubation period is so I too wonder if, in fact, I have swine flu. Perhaps the flu shot in Dec/08 reduced my symptoms? I too worry about my family and co-workers. I've been home from work so far this week, but it's been about 2 weeks since I began feeling ill.

ManekiNeko profile image

ManekiNeko Hub Author 2 years ago

Sarah & Lorraine: Thank you for your stories and the additional information. I think everyone (including the health authorities) is still learning about all the details of this disease. Whether your symptoms are from swine flu or something else, it's always a good idea to take precautions (like staying home from work) to avoid spreading your germs.

mummy 2 years ago

My son said a friend of his was in Mexico city 3 weeks ago. This boy has been attending school for 2 days with a cough. Could this child be contagious. It would have to do with incubation time.

Everyone in the house seems to have the flu today, around 40hrs after my son sat with his mate at school.

Could an exposed person be contagious 20 days after exposure?

CANADA MOM 2 years ago

MY SONS OT WENT TO BAJA IN MARCH AND NOW HAS A COLD WHAT'S THE CHANCES SHE HAS SWINE FLU ? AND WHAT ARE THE CHANCES WE CAN GET OR HAVE IT ?(NO SIGNS YET)AND 2 KIDS IN MY DAUGHTER CLASS JUST GOT BACK FROM CANCUN AND PORTA V. MEXICO I'M WORRIED BUT DON'T WANT TO PANCIC. SCHOOL ISN'T DOING ANYTHING.YET.


passionate77 profile image

passionate77 3 years ago

informative post. well written and thorough.

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working