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Is Ethnicity A Factor In Viral Uri
Viral infections is a risk factor for:: Chronic fatigue syndrome, Cryoglobulinemia, Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, Gastroparesis, Idiopathic inflammatory myopathies, Intussusception, Labyrinthitis, Miller Fisher Syndrome, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Asthma exacerbation in adults, Asthma exacerbation in children, Biliary atresia, Familial Mediterranean fever, Hypersensitivity pneumonitis, Subacute granulomatous thyroiditis, Encephalitis, Chronic bronchitis, High risk pregnancy, Transverse myelitis, Leukocytosis, Leukopenia, Low grade fever, Ataxia, Reye Syndrome, Enlarged spleen, Thrombocytopenia, Vestibular neuritis, Glossitis. ...Read more
Why is xyzal (levocetirizine) given to a patient with systemic viral infection?..It is because of a possibility of having an allergy caused by the virus itself?
Not sure: Usually xyzal, (levocetirizine) or levoceterizine, is reserved for allergic problems. It it not typically used for uri's (colds). But some people have rashes/hives associated with uris and this can be helpful. Sometimes it is recommended for the nasal symptoms, but efficacy can be variable. But yes, you can have allergic reactions triggered by infections. ...Read more
Is it common to get Acute Myocarditis after a common cold? Specifically, more than likely a Rhinovirus. If so, is mortality high?
No: Myocarditis is a rare disease, but not extremely rare. It does happen to people, but it is hard to find any exact numbers about it. Maybe one's chances of getting it are 1 in 5000 or 1 in 10000 people... these are just rough estimates. Likewise, it's not known how many cases are happening after Rhinovirus infections. ...Read more
With gastroenteritis, total WBC isn't raised, the only abnormality is low lymphocytes (339). Is this likely a virus, or an autoimmune condition?
Gastroenteritis: Most gastroenteritis is viral and lasts only a few days at most. Often it lasts only 24-48 hours. The total WBC count is not usually elevated. A low lymphocyte count is normal during such an infection. Here's a research paper describing this phenomenon, called "transient lymphopenia" : http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/1085751. ...Read more
Could an unknown virus (that causes IgG deficiency) be passed from father to son, & thereby present as a genetic IgG deficiency& in reality be viral?
Is it normal to get 8 Infections in a year for young adult in college ? Is it a concern ?. Infections such as cold, flu, gastrointeritis
Yes: In fact this is very normal, especially if you live in a dormitory where there are common bathroom facilities. The best thing you can do to prevent infection is get vaccinated for influenza and meningococcal meningitis (if you haven't already), wash hands before you eat and before/after using the bathroom. Avoid handshakes with sick classmates. Don't share utensils, supplies and use hand sanitizer ...Read more
Is there a connection between previous exposure to epstein barr(moderate case of mono age 18) and subsequent development of auto immune problems?
Likely: Multiple sclerosis (ms) and systemic lupus erythematosus (sle) are both chronic autoimmune diseases with unknown etiology. To date, ebv is the most closely implicated infectious agent to be associated with both ms and sle. Epidemiological findings show a strong correlation between ebv infection and the risk of developing these diseases. http://www.futuremedicine.com/doi/abs/10.2217/fvl.12.136. ...Read more
Is the incubation period (infection to symptoms) for common viral/bacterial infections the same in a 4 week old as an adult?
Apples/oranges: Bacterial food borne illness often from undercooked, and/or contaminated food. Any uncooked animal product considered contaminated. Any raw, unwashed fruit/veg may be contaminated, so wash them before eating. Wash your hands before cooking, eating. Viral food borne illness includes hepatitis a, found in contaminated sea food, more commonly from food handlers. Other viral inf can cause GI sx. ...Read more
My respiratory rate is 18 and HS CRP is 6.8. Is this indicative of a cardiac issue or is it a sign of an infection?
Neither: A respiratory rate if 18 is not impressive unless there are more significant symptoms. The CRP value may be normal depending on the test used to measure it ...Read more
Could a passed flu or cold influence the results of cbc a week after more specifically neutropolis and lymphocytes counts?
Depends on which : Factor. There are about a dozen clotting factors and any of those could be deficient. Some are serious others not so much. It is not feasible to provide specific suggestion from the information provided. ...Read more
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