Technically speaking, H1N1, otherwise known as swine flu, is a term used to refer to influenza in pigs. However, periodically animals, including pigs, transmit diseases to humans. Typically, individuals who might contract swine flu are those involved in working directly with pigs – hog farmers or veterinarians. Periodically, though, an infected individual may pass that infection to another individual. As such, swine flu has developed into a human respiratory infection caused by the influenza virus H1N1. A global pandemic of the virus was declared in spring of 2009 and ended in August 2010.
The symptoms associated with the swine flu may mimic those of other flu strains. Common symptoms include elevated body temperature or fever, cough and tenderness in the throat. Additional symptoms include achy muscles, headache, chills and general fatigue or tiredness. The flu may also cause intestinal issues as well.
Swine flu is caused by coming into contact with the influenza virus H1N1. This contact must be transferred by way of contaminated water or air droplets or the live virus transferred via a contaminated surface. The influenza viruses attach to and infect the inner lining of the nose, throat and lungs causing illness. The condition cannot be transferred by merely consuming pork or pork products.
Natural Remedies for Swine Flu
Swine flu does not require medical attention if the affected individual is generally considered healthy. As such, many natural options serve as effective flu treatment. Anise seed tea, warm but not boiled, daily can help prevent and treat swine flu. Additional flu treatments include apple cider vinegar, aspirin, and lysine. Supplements including vitamin C, vitamin D, garlic and cayenne support overall health and decrease recovery time from swine flu. Additional rest, lots of fluids and eating healthy soups and foods also aid in recovery from the flu.