H1N1 - PCR

Also Known as Swine Flu Test, H1N1 Test, Influenza

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Age group

7 years & above

H1N1, also known as the swine flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the H1N1 influenza virus. The H1N1 - PCR panel is also called the Swine Flu test or the H1N1 flu test. It is a diagnostic test used to detect the presence of the H1N1 influenza virus. This test utilizes polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology to accurately identify the viral RNA in samples collected from the patient's nasopharynx or oral cavity. The H1N1 test is highly accurate and helps in early diagnosis and appropriate management of the disease.

The symptoms of H1N1 influenza include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

These symptoms can vary from mild to severe and may appear within 1 to 4 days after exposure to the virus. It is important to note that some individuals infected with H1N1 may show no symptoms at all.

To perform the Swine Flu test, a trained healthcare professional will collect a nasopharyngeal swab or an oral swab from the patient. The nasopharyngeal swab involves inserting a thin, flexible swab into the patient's nostril to reach the back of the throat. The oral swab is obtained by gently swabbing the inside of the mouth. The collected samples are then sent to the laboratory for analysis.

In the laboratory, the collected samples are processed using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology. This method amplifies and detects specific genetic material from the H1N1 influenza virus in the patient's sample. The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) process involves a series of heating and cooling cycles to replicate and analyze the viral RNA. Highly sensitive instruments and specialized reagents are used to ensure accurate and reliable results.

If an individual receives a positive diagnosis for H1N1 influenza through the H1N1 Flu test, it is important to seek medical care promptly. Treatment typically involves supportive care, such as rest, hydration, and over-the-counter medications to alleviate symptoms. In some cases, antiviral medications may be prescribed to reduce the severity and duration of symptoms. It is important to follow the healthcare professional's advice and take necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the virus to others.

Early detection of H1N1 through the Swine Flu test offers several benefits:

  • Accurate results: The H1N1 test is highly accurate in detecting the presence of the virus, ensuring reliable results.
  • Prompt treatment: Early diagnosis allows for timely initiation of appropriate treatment, leading to better outcomes and faster recovery.
  • Preventing spread: Early identification of H1N1 influenza helps individuals take necessary precautions to prevent further transmission within communities and minimises the risk of outbreaks.

To book an H1N1 Flu test on Apollo 24|7, individuals can visit the Apollo 24|7 website or download the mobile app. The user-friendly interface allows users to select their preferred date, time, and location for the test. After completing the booking process, they will receive a confirmation with instructions for sample collection. Test results will be available within 5 days, providing individuals with timely information about their H1N1 status.

faqFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The H1N1 test uses polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology to specifically detect the genetic material of the H1N1 influenza virus, ensuring accurate results.
The collection of nasopharyngeal and oral swabs may cause minor discomfort but is generally well-tolerated by most patients.
The H1N1 Flu test specifically targets the H1N1 influenza virus. Other strains of influenza may require different diagnostic tests.
Yes, the H1N1 vaccine is an effective preventive measure against the H1N1 infection.
Yes, it is still recommended to get tested for H1N1 if you experience flu-like symptoms, as the seasonal flu vaccine does not provide protection against H1N1 specifically.

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The information mentioned above is meant for educational purposes only and should not be taken as a substitute to your Physician’s advice. It is highly recommended that the customer consults with a qualified healthcare professional to interpret test results