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Dr. Agustin Rivas
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Rsv (Definition)

Respiratory syncytial virus or RSV is a virus that causes bronchiolitis (infection of lower airways) in infants and toddlers. It is particularly serious in premature infants and infants with respiratory and heart disease. In older children and adults, ...Read more


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Within the last 7 weeks my 16 month old has had rsv, strep throat, constant green nasal drainage, & is now running temp of 103.2....Is this normal? Causes?

Within the last 7 weeks my 16 month old has had rsv, strep throat, constant green nasal drainage, & is now running temp of 103.2....Is this normal? Causes?

Reevaluation: No it is notnormal. The RSV virus may have lowered his resistence and consequently he develop other symptoms. Presumably, he has had green mucus more than ten days, in which case he should again be seen by the doctor to rule out a bacteril infection such as pnumonia. At the same time you might want to have his gamma globulins checked to make sure he isn't deficient.

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Help! Can babies get strep throat?

Help! Can babies get strep throat?

Yes: If you suspect this, get to the pediatrician right away. If at serious risk, go to the E.R.-- chop, hup, wherever is close to you. Good luck.

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Can babies get strep throat?

Can babies get strep throat?

Depends on situation: Babies who have close exposure to a strep carrier can develop an infection if the back of the nose & upper airway leading to high fever, loss of appetite & sometimes a rash. They can also carry the germ in the same locations without symptoms ir infection. Their tonsils are rather small & less likely to be the main focus of any strep issue until after 2 or so.

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Can my baby get RSV from someone who is on antibiotics for strep throat?

Can my baby get RSV from someone who is on antibiotics for strep throat?

No: You are talking about 2 completely different diseases. Rsv (respiratory syncytial virus) is a respiratory virus which can cause bronchiolitis in babies. Strep throat is caused by a bacteria, group a strep. An antibiotic can treat a bacterial, but not a viral infection. However, both are contagious, so good hygiene is important to minimize spread.

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Can amoxicillin treat strep throat in an infant? What would be the dosage for a five month old?

Not common: Under a year of age, but can happen. Should have a strep test to confirm. The doctor will calculate the dose based on weight (@ 40mg/kg.

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Is it possible for my baby to get strep throat?

Is it possible for my baby to get strep throat?

Happens. ..however: It is possible for an infant to acquire and be sick from the strep A germ. It is also possible for them to test positive and only be a carrier & never get sick from it. One issue that differs in young infants is the long term effects. Since their immune system is immature, they don't risk development of rheumatic fever like a 5 or 10 year old would. Treatment of carriers is unnecessary.

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If my child and I got exposed to strep throat in the daycare, how likely are we to get it within a week?

If my child and I got exposed to strep throat in the daycare, how likely are we to get it within a week?

50/50: Strep is very contagious and the time period from exposure to getting the illness is between 3-7 days and sometimes a little longer. But exposure does not mean he will get it.

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Can my child get strep throat without having his tonsils (removed 2 years ago)?

Can my child get strep throat without having his tonsils (removed 2 years ago)?

Yes!!: Strep pyogenes (group a) does not care whether its victim has tonsils or not. Not only can your child get strep throat, but this should be tested for and treated, because without eradication there are post-streptococcal complications like extension of the infection to other areas, or acute rheumatic fever. Get child seen by family doctor.

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Can an infant get RSV back to back?

RSV immunity: Definitely! There are many strains of RSV and developing immunity to one will not necessarily protect against others. Even receiving synagis (palivizumab) which is pooled antibodies against RSV can't completely eliminate the risk of rsv. Immunity they do have also tends to wane over several months. The good news is that most RSV infections do not result in hospitalization and act like a simple cold.

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How do babies get tested for RSV?

How do babies get tested for RSV?

Secretions: Their nasal secretions are sent to the lab to see if there is RSV genetic markers it them. Some clinics also have this as a test kit.

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Can adults get RSV from an infected infant or would they just get pneumonia?

Can adults get RSV from an infected infant or would they just get pneumonia?

See below: Most likely an adult who had not already had that strain of RSV (which is less likely), would have cold symptoms or flu like symptoms. Most often, only infants and small children have respiratory difficulty but pneumonias are not impossible - but that would be secondary to the other symptoms.

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Can parents get rsv? My infant has it, am breastfeeding, and I now have worst cold ever. Coincidence or infected too? If so what are my trt options?

Infected: You can get rsv. In people over the age of 2, RSV causes a nasty cold, and you would treat it just like any cold. Under the age of two, it can affect the lungs and cause wheezing and fast breathing. This is called bronchiolitis, which is generally a self limited illness.

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My infant is congested coughing and has RSV should I get a vaporizer or humidifier? What is the difference

My infant is congested coughing and has RSV should I get a vaporizer or humidifier? What is the difference

Vapor vs humidity: A humidifier (fan+filter+water) basically returns moisture to the air after the heating system extracts it. Homes up north have it plumbed into their furnace. In texas, less cold means we may need a separate humidifier. A good humidity range is 35-45% while dry heat can drop it below 20% and aggravate a kids cough. I have humidifiers in my office and home with gauges to monitor the level.

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Can a guy get strep on his private area from having oral sex with someone who has strep throat?

Can a guy get strep on his private area from having oral sex with someone who has strep throat?

Impetigo: Yes, you could theoretically develop either impetiginous eruptions or cellulitis, although have never seen this happen.

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I was around someone who has strep throat will I get in I don't think I've ever had it really worried?

I was around someone who has strep throat will I get in I don't think I've ever had it really worried?

Exposure level: There are illnesses like chickenpox that you can get from breathing common air for 30 minutes in the same room. This is not that type of illness. It can pass in oral mucous, so if exposed to that in some way it is possible. If you develop a sore throat have it tested. If you had little or no direct contact I would quit worrying.

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Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Respiratory Syncytial Virus (Rsv) Infection (Definition)

A virus that causes an infection of the lungs and respiratory tract. Very common. Most children have been infected with the virus by the age of two. ...Read more