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Can Coxsackie Virus Infection Be Caught More Than Once
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
Is it possible for an adult to have recurring coxsackie virus infections every year or so? What would cause that to happen?
My blood test came back positive for three types of coxsackie virus. Does this usually mean past or present infection?
Coxsackie: Although your description is difficult to interpret it sounds like you have antibodies to coxsackie virus strains and whether or not this is old depends upon whether these are igm or igg antibodies and whether in 14 day repeat specimens the titers are rising or staying the same. It also depends upon whether you are symptomatic in any way. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more
No, Fecal-Oral: It is usually transmitted through 'fecal-oral' (toys, utensils, other objects come in contact with infected body fluids (feces) and then pass the infection along.) poor handwashing, diaper changing, etc. Initial symptoms include fever, sore throat, malaise, and poor appetite. After a couple days, mouth blisters/ulcers, then an itchy rash on palms/soles. It can lead to life threatening problems. ...Read more
Not necessary: The rash from Coxsackie virus is typically aymptomatic, and will resolve when the virus has run its course. It is not usually necessary to put anything on the rash. However, some children do seem to find the rash itchy. If this is the case, some topical Benadryl (diphenhydramine) usually works well to sooth the itch. If you think your child finds the rash uncomfortable, give him some acetaminophen. ...Read more
What do the different subclasses or groups of the coxsackie virus mean? I was positive for 2, 3, and 6.
Family names: The classification of viruses relies on a variety of shared vs different features which could relate to where they attack or how they differ in their structure. The coxsackie viruses were originally named for the place where they were found (coxsackie, new york) , but they are also enteroviruses (intestine attackers). Sub classes a ; b with subtypes are bases on their cell wall structure. ...Read more
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