Swine Flu test is a pathology test performed to detect presence of H1N1 virus which is responsible for causing a specific type of influenza infection. The test is performed in a lab equipped with highly calibrated equipment.
The virus enters a healthy person's body due to contact with contaminated nasal fluid from another patient. It takes about 7-10 days after a person is infected, to develop symptoms of influenza. These symptoms are indication of undergoing swine flu test.Swine Flu Test (H1N1) Cost in Various Indian Cities
|City||Average Price||Starting Price||Price Upto|
|Bangalore||Rs. 3260.00||Rs. 2000.00||Rs. 5100.00|
|Chennai||Rs. 3705.00||Rs. 2500.00||Rs. 6000.00|
|Ghaziabad||Rs. 3618.00||Rs. 1850.00||Rs. 5500.00|
|Gurgaon||Rs. 3312.00||Rs. 2500.00||Rs. 5000.00|
|Hyderabad||Rs. 3050.00||Rs. 2000.00||Rs. 5500.00|
|Jaipur||Rs. 4027.00||Rs. 1800.00||Rs. 5500.00|
|Mumbai||Rs. 4167.00||Rs. 3000.00||Rs. 5500.00|
|Delhi||Rs. 3962.00||Rs. 2000.00||Rs. 5500.00|
|Noida||Rs. 3878.00||Rs. 1900.00||Rs. 5880.00|
|Pune||Rs. 4350.00||Rs. 2500.00||Rs. 6500.00|
|Thiruvananthapuram||Rs. 755.00||Rs. 500.00||Rs. 1000.00|
Symptoms of swine flu are as mentioned below:
Symptoms of swine flu are like common flu; however, they do not respond to over the counter fever medicines. Their intensity is much more than symptoms of common flu. Patients who do not show any recovery from symptoms despite regular medication, may be asked to undergo Swine flu test.
A swab is taken from the patient's throat or nose to check for presence of H1N1 virus. Patient has to visit a pathology lab for this procedure, as the swab needs to be tested immediately after being collected.
Healthcare workers and people interacting closely with patients who may be suffering from swine flu are also expected to take due precaution to avoid getting infection. Laboratory technicians who collect nasal and throat swabs must wear sterile gloves and face masks. Patients too are advised to wear face masks to avoid droplet infection to others.
Swine flu affects the patient’s health very swiftly and leads to a lot of debilitation. Prompt and intensive medical treatment helps in curbing the infection. Patients may take a few weeks of convalescence to return to their normal health. Patients who are or were battling swine flu tend to have lowered immunity. This is a temporary condition and returns to normal with proper medical treatment and rest.
Apart from Swine Flu test, patients showing relevant symptoms may also be advised to undergo C.B.C test, chest X-ray, sputum culture etc. A follow up test to check for antibodies against swine flu may be advised after treatment has commenced.
Swine flu test should not be performed without a doctor’s prescription. Abnormal test results have to be discussed with a doctor immediately to avoid health complications.