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Coxsackie Virus Infection In Children
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
I had coxsackie virus a few weeks ago with the main symptom being tonsillitis & now I have developed tonsillitis again. Is it recurring or tonsillitis?
Recurring tonsillitis: You would not become infected by the same strain of any virus the 2nd time. However, the tonsils are structures that are prone to infection by any germ you ingest. Recurrent tonsillitis does not imply the type of germ (viral or bacterial), just the structures involved. ...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
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
We have just been informed that a child at our son's (2 years old) school has the Coxsackie Virus. Should we be concerned?
Transmissability: The maximum risk of contagion lasts one week after the beginning of symptoms. The recovered person may remain mildly contagious for a couple of weeks after recovery. Pregnant women should be especially careful as they can pass down the infection to the fetus and coxsackie infection has been known to cause birth defects. ...Read more
Several weeks: This is from the Department of Public Health "When can a person spread the virus to to others? A person may spread the virus to to others just prior to the onset of symptoms, during the acute stage of illness and perhaps longer, since this virus may persist in the stool for several weeks. The incubation period is usually 3-5 days. I have copied the full link for more information http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3136&q=388270 ...Read more
Enterovirus: Coxsackie b viruses are single-strand RNA viruses. Symptoms of infection with viruses in the coxsackie b grouping include fever, headache, sore throat, gastrointestinal distress, as well as chest and muscle pain.The virus is distributed via the fecal-oral route, and infection commonly occurs after eating contaminated food. Supportive care is the norm of treatment..No medications are effective. ...Read more
Coxsachie: Group a coxsackieviruses tend to infect the skin and mucous membranes, causing herpangina, acute hemorrhagic conjunctivitis, and hand foot and mouth disease coxachie b cardiomyopathy entro 17 produces nervous system disorders and hand foot mouth disease though milder cases may cause diarrhea or be asymptomatic. ...Read more
Can t1d be triggered by a common cold virus, not just the coxsackie virus? Any answers appreciated!
No: T1DM can happen gradually with a buildup of anti-insulin producing cell antibodies for weeks or months when some triggering event brings out symptomatic disease.An illness of any description could be the tipping point, because it triggers stress hormones that raise the blood sugar.There are other ways to kill off insulin production (genetic ,toxic) but a cold will not do the deed. ...Read more
What can you tell me about the new strain of the coxsackie virus? Can it physically show itself again 6 weeks later?
Coxsackie A6: "newer" to the U.S. Is coxsackie a6, which can cause a more serious hand-foot-mouth illness (more widespread rash with bigger symptoms). Cases have been seen in alabama, connecticut, california, nevada, etc... A normal person should be immune to one strain of coxsackie after an illness, but there are quite a few other strains of these "enteroviruses" that can cause hand-foot-mouth symptoms. ...Read more
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