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What are the differences between swine flu and other types of the flu?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Different strains: There are a large number of different varieties of influenza virus that have natural affinity for different species. Bird flu and swine flu are two such strains. The animal viruses occasionally acquire the ability to infect humans.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between swine flu and cold?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Flu has...: ...Much higher fever, more severe pain and cough, and far more complications.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between a cold and the swine flu?

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Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 18 years experience
Symptoms: A cold comes on gradually while flu onset is aburpt and sudden. Flu symptoms can be reduced if treated early (less than 72 hrs fro onset) with a drug like tamiflu (oseltamivir). A cold runs its course but you can take symptomatic drugs like theraflu . If you are takign drugs for blod pressure, etc, contact your physician before takign over the counter cold meds.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between swine flu and the normal flu?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Swine vs winter flu: Not much. They both give high fever, cough, runny nose, and achiness all over (fever & achiness all over are the hallmarks of flu). Both can make you feel really lousy and have to take to bed (severe malaise, fatigue). Your job is to take as much fluids and eat as much good food as you can to help you recover. Swine flu was associated with somewhat more deaths than usual winter flu--kids & elderly.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between a normal flu and swine flu?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Only severity: And this depends upon who is infected (age, sex, underlying conditions, etc.). Both are due to influenza virus, just different types. Siv strains include influenza c and the subtypes of influenza a known as h1n1, h1n2, h2n1, h3n1, h3n2, and h2n3. This is a rare disease at present, but monitored by cdc and international health agencies.
A 37-year-old member asked:

The difference between regular and swine flu?

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Dr. Touraj Shafai
Pediatrics 59 years experience
Swine flu has high m: Swinf flu like the epidemic that we had 2 years ago, h1n1 flu has higher mortality rate. Affected children 6 months to 26 years of age. The patients are sicker than regular flu and should be admitted to the hospital.

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