10 Symptoms of Swine Flu

H1N1 flu is commonly called swine flu, refers to the influenza that occurs in pigs. Pigs infected with the influenza virus can transmit it to people. The initial transmission happens between pigs and veterinarians and hog farmers. In spring of 2009, the first diagnosis of the swine flu occurred. In 2010, swine flu was declared a pandemic. It is now considered a seasonal flu virus. Swine flu is caused by the cells in your lungs, nose and throat becoming infected with the influenza virus. The way these areas of your body contract the virus in two ways. You may inhale droplets contaminated with the swine flu. You may transfer the virus from a contaminated surface like a counter to your mouth, nose or eyes.

Swine flu cannot be contacted from eating pork. You are at risk for contracted the virus if you have traveled to a location where a lot people are infected with the swine flu. You can also be exposed to the virus if you have in large crowds. Complications of swine flu range from pneumonia, respiratory failure to neurological signs and worsening of chronic medical conditions. Treatment of the swine flu depends on a quick diagnosis. Sometimes antiviral drugs such as zanamivir and oseltamivir prescribed within two days of developing the flu can reduce the severity of symptoms. If your chronic condition worsens because of the swine flu, your physician may prescribe medication to relieve those symptoms.

1. Muscle pain

You may experience soreness in your muscles from time to time. The soreness in your muscles tend to go away on its own and without much need for medication. This is different from muscle pain. Muscle pain occurs in your entire body or just a small area. The pain ranges from excruciating to mild or a dull ache. The pain can occur anywhere in your body including your hands, legs, back and neck.

The most common cause of pain in your muscles are stress, tension, minor injury and overuse. When these causes occur, the pain is usually localized, or in one area of your body. Pain that occurs throughout your body, called systemic muscle pain, has a different cause. The cause of this type of pain in your muscles range from an illness, infection or medication side effect.