Dubai, United Arab Emirates (PressExposure) May 05, 2009 -- Swine flu has become one of the biggest health concerns even for the most developed nations including U.S and Europe. The epidemic has caught fire and is spreading rapidly to all areas. The situation is already quite alarming and WHO is in fear of an imminent pandemic and has indicated the risk at level five and is considering to raise it to six, the highest level.
People are strongly advised to take measures to prevent the epidemic spreading further. In areas like Mexico, where the number of swine flu cases are the highest, people have been advised not to step out for the next few days. Travel to Mexico has been restricted by various countries. After Mexico, U.S and Europe are the worst hit areas. Other reported areas include Netherlands, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Peru and Hong Kong. At least 168 people are believed to have died of swine flu in Mexico, the epicentre of the outbreak.
Health experts are advising people on how to prevent this problem and treat it in the best possible manner. Dr Sulaikha Hamza of Gulf Medical Centre, Dubai warns people to stay alert. She says, "Though no cases of swine flu have been recorded in the GCC so far, we must be fully prepared to deal with this virus, which is feared to spread across the globe. One must identify with the common symptoms of swine flu as it will help in diagnosing the problem at an early stage. The symptoms of H1N1 swine flu are similar to many other flu viruses. Fever and cough are two of the most common symptoms. Other symptoms include headache, chills, loss of appetite, muscle aches and fatigue as well as throat irritation. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea may also occur."
A homeopathic doctor for more than two decades, Dr Sulaikha Hamza advises people to use homeopathy as an effective way to combat swine flu. She elaborates, "The current vaccine against the seasonal influenza strain H1N1 is highly unlikely to provide protection against this variant. In case preventive measures do not work or you are already dealing with swine influenza, homeopathic remedies can serve as an appropriate solution. There are numerous homeopathic medicines that can be very useful in this situation. The homeopathic remedies are selected in a highly individualized and non-routine manner based on the symptoms being experienced and hence the selection may vary from person to person. So, it is important to seek professional help from a homeopathic practitioner." However like many others, Dr Sulaikha Hamza feels that prevention is better than cure. You can treat swine flu but it is good if you take steps to prevent the problem in the first place. Your best protection against the disease comes from looking after your health generally and taking simple common-sense preventative measures.
There are a number of vitamin and mineral supplements and herbal remedies that help to boost the immune system. There are various things that you can do to prevent swine flu. Keep your nose and mouth covered when you sneeze. Wash your hands with an anti microbial soap each time you sneeze. Since influenza primarily spreads through human to human contact, it is advised to avoid contact with sick people as much as possible. Also try to stay at home if you are sick to ensure that you are not spreading the flu.
Don't get stressed by the fear of getting the swine flu. Stress can undermine your immune system. The flu doesn't kill everyone and in most cases may prove benign. Mild exercise, meditation or yoga and healthy nutritious diet can help keep your immune system in good condition and able to ward of any infections. Not every 'infection' becomes a full blown 'disease'. Most infections are taken care of by your body even before you know that you were infected. Most infections affect those people who are vitally deranged. So instead of panicking about the flu, stay calm and focus on becoming healthy 'you'.