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My flatmates 5 yr old son has been coughing non stop for 2

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My flatmate's 5 yr old son has been coughing non stop for 2 days. I am pregnant and extremely worried he may have swine flu and droplets must be scattered all over the flat. From what I have read, he will be ok, but I am particularly at risk. What should I do?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Nitika replied 4 years ago.
Hello,
As such symptoms of swine flu are similar to those caused by other influenza viruses. These include fever and chills, coughing, sore throat, running nose , lack of appetite and fatigue.
As such pregnant women are at higher risk of geting infecting swine flu.
For further reading-
http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2009/07/29/swine-flu-pregnant864.html
To reduce the risk of catching or spreading the virus you should take preventive measures which include

-cover your mouth and nose when infected person is coughing and sneezing, using a tissue
-throw the tissue away quickly and carefully
-wash your hands regularly with soap and water
-clean hard surfaces (like door handles and remote controls) frequently with a normal cleaning product.


As such if he has only cough and not having any other associated symptoms then there may be possibility of Bronchitis in his case.
He should be seen by a pediatrician for further evaluation and management.
It is advised to consult your Obs/Gyn doctor for your foetus well being as well.
I hope this helps.


Customer: replied 4 years ago.
he also has a sore throat and has complained to his mum of chest pain - isnt this suggestive of H1N1?
Expert:  Dr. Nitika replied 4 years ago.
hello,
As such he should be seen by a doctor as swine flu and infuenza have similar symptoms.

So it is very essential to rule out the possible cause in his case.
It is advised to visit ER ASAP.
Docoter may prescribe Tamiflu in case of swine flu.
Otherwise antibiotics may be prescribed in his case.

I hope this helps.
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