It is a contagious Respiratory Disease caused by H1N1 Virus .

The Virus enter the body through inhalation of contaminated droplets or is transferred from a contaminated surface to the Eyes, Nose or Mouth of a person.


Early signs of Influenza A (H1N1) are Flu – like

  • VOMITINGS & DIARRHOEA( In some cases)

One must be able to differentiate the Common Flu/Cold from Swine Flu. This table will be very useful for all of you.

Differences Between Cold, Seasonal Flu & Swine Flu (H1N1) Symptoms



Seasonal Flu

Swine Flu




Present & usually High Fever


Hacking , Productive

Dry ,Non Productive

Dry Non Productive Coughing

Stuffy Nose

Commonly present

Running Nose present

No Stuffy Nose usually

Aches & pains

Slight Bodyaches

Moderate aches & Pains

Severe Bodyaches & Pains


Not common

Mild to Moderate

Mostly have Chills




Usually Absent


Not common

Fairly Common

Very common


Fairly Mild

Moderate , As Lack of Energy

Moderate to severe

Sore Throat

Commonly present

Commonly Present

Not Present commonly

Chest Discomfort

Mild to Moderate


Often Severe


Develop over a few days

Tends to develop over few days with Flushed face, Nausea, dizziness, lasts 4-7 days

Has Rapid Onset within 3-6 hours. H1N1 hits hard & fast includes Sudden High fever, Pains, Bodyaches


Stay Home
If you are sick or have any flu-like symptoms, stay home. Do not go to school or work. Swine flu symptoms may mimic those of regular flu and cold symptoms.

Contain Your Cough
Cough or sneeze into the crook (inside elbow) of your arm. This way you do not transfer the germs to your hands and then to every object you touch. Swine flu is very contagious, and can spread easily by touching an infected object and then touching your face. A flu mask will help you avoid infection in enclosed spaces. Use of MASK is advisable.

Wash Hands Frequently
Wash hands constantly to avoid swine flu. Anything you touch may be affected, so keeping hands clean will help you avoid infection.


Gargle with warm salt water 2-3 times a day prevents proliferation. H1N1 takes2-3 days after initial infection in the Throat / Nasal cavity to proliferate the virus and show characteristic symptoms.

Hand Sanitizer
Carry hand sanitizer with you. If you have things others have touched, use your hand sanitizer to avoid swine flu infection. In addition, avoid shaking hands or other hand to hand contact whenever possible. Also avoid kissing on the cheek or other face to face contact as a greeting method.


Drink as much of warm liquids ( tea, coffee etc.) as you can. Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling , but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from throat into stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.

Boost Natural Immunity

Can be done with foods that are rich in Vitamin C ( Amla and other Citrus Fruits). If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it has Zinc to boost the absoption.

Public Facilities
Touch public handles and pens as little as possible. These are loaded with germs that may carry the swine flu virus.

Air Travel
When you fly, be most diligent about following these guidelines. Transferring any flu, including swine flu, is most likely in close quarters like an airplane.

Clean Your Produce
The life span of a virus is different for each and can vary from as much as 48 hours to 100 years depending on the hardiness of the virus. Although there have been no known cases of swine flu transmission through fruit and vegetable consumption, there does seem to be some concern about the possibility. The best bet is to buy locally grown fruits and vegetables if possible. Make sure you wash your fruits and vegetables with water, and soak for greater effectiveness. Washes and using chlorinated rinses have not been proven to work. So far there have been no cases of swine flu transmission through fruits and vegetable sources.

Avoid Crowds
Stay out of crowds as much as possible. Close proximity to other people will heighten your chances of to get swine flu. Wear a surgical mask in areas of high traffic concentration. Try to stay at least 3-6 feet away from people.

Eating and Drinking
Do not eat or drink after others without complete sanitization of containers or utensils. Swine flu can be transmitted by contact with infected eating utensils.

Homoeopathic Approach

Though Homoeopathy deals in treating the patients in a individualistic manner. Homoeopathy has been found effective in the past also to help in the previous epidemics. As the symptoms goes in majority of cases Arsenic Album seems to be the most suitable as genus epidemicus. Though Aviare & Influnzinum are also considered to be helpfull in curtailing & Preventing this Flu. It is advised that one must consult a qualified Homoeopathic doctor before taking it.

Taking precautionary measures are of paramount importance as discussed here in details. Homoeopathic treatment is given to the patients by considering the Symptoms of the patient.

Vaccinations are not effective against the H1N1 virus. If one contracts the virus one can go to the doctor within 36 hours and ask for Tamiflu or Relenza , if Homoeopathic Doctor is not available around. These antiviral medicines can halt the progression of H1N1 or Swine flu virus. Visit an authorised Medical centre or Hospital equipped to deal with such cases.

Prof. Dr.A.K.Gupta,MD(Hom.)

Sr. Homoeopathic Consultant,Gold Medalist
Advisor Media, Delhi Homoeopathic Board,Govt. of Delhi

President- Delhi State Homoeopathic Medical Association of India (HMAI)

Ex.Member- Delhi Board of Homoeopathic System of Medicine & Homoeopathic Advisory Committee, Govt. of NCT Delhi
Founder Director – A.K.GsOVIHAMS (Om Vidya Institute of Homoeopathy & Allied Medical Sciences)Accredited in LIMCA Book of Records., Global Healthcare Excellence Awardee

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