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Does Adenovirus Infection Usually Cause Many Symptoms
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
Common cold: Adenovirus causes the common cold. Symptoms typically include fever, cough, running nose and fatigue. There is currently no antiviral medication thata can appropriately treat it, but it tends to resolve within 1 week. Adenovirus can also cause "pink eye", a conjunctivitis that is easy to spread to others. Avoidance of others helps decrease the spread of the disease. ...Read more
Hygiene, eyedrops: If you have an adenovirus infection of the eye (s), there is no known anti-viral product available. You should be careful not to spread the infection (usually by contact with fingers to eyes), and keep the eyes lubricated and clean. Usually this will clear in 3-10 days depending upon the virus. If the vision is down, the pain significant or pus is present, see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more
Numerous : But generally not practical clinically. Usually this is retrospective, based on antibody titer rises, but increasingly PCR testing is becoming more available, and there is also viral isolation and identification, but this is very expensive. Usually a clinical diagnosis backed up by retrospective analysis. ...Read more
Can a child get adenovirus infection twice in a month, or would it be the same infection getting a relapse?
Reinfected: Reinfected with different serotype rather than a relapse. Adenovirus infection most often involves upper respiratory tract causing common cold and sore throat (pharyngitis or tonsillitis). It (different serotype) occasionally causes eye infection (acute hemorrhagic conjunctivitis) and gastroenteritis. ...Read more
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