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What is Viral infections a risk factor for?

What is Viral infections a risk factor for?

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

Dr. Norma jo Waxman
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Upper Respiratory Infection (Definition)

An upper respiratory infection refers to an infection that involves the lining of the breathing passages above the lungs. It usually refers to infections that involve multiple areas simultaneously such as the nose, sinus, ears, throat, ...Read more


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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?

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

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Is it common to get Acute Myocarditis after a common cold? Specifically, more than likely a Rhinovirus. If so, is mortality high?

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

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With gastroenteritis, total WBC isn't raised, the only abnormality is low lymphocytes (339). Is this likely a virus, or an autoimmune condition?

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

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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

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Is there a connection between previous exposure to epstein barr(moderate case of mono age 18) and subsequent development of auto immune problems?

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

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Why is mononucleosis considered mostly a viral disease?

Why is mononucleosis considered mostly a viral disease?

Mononucleosis def.: Mononucleosis is caused by Epstein Barr Virus, one of the most common human viral infections. Mononucleosis is not caused by bacteria, fungii or parasites so by definition is COMPLETELY a viral disease. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a bacterial food borne illness and a viral one?

What is the difference between a bacterial food borne illness and a viral one?

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

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Is bronchitis a type of throat infection?

Is bronchitis a type of throat infection?

Infection of bronchi: No, it's an infection of the bronchi: the tubes that carry air to and from your lungs. ...Read more

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Is ibuprofen a factor in swollen eyes?

Is ibuprofen a factor in swollen eyes?

Swollen eyes: Ibufrofen can cause swelling around the eyes if you are allergic to it, but this is a pretty vague question as you are not providing more details on the eye swelling. Can you eleborate? Does it only happen when you take it? ...Read more

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Is COPD a bacteria or viral infection?

Is COPD a bacteria or viral infection?

Neither...: Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a disease usually caused by smoking. It is chronic, incurable and slowly progressive. The disease itself is not a result of infection. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Could a passed flu or cold influence the results of cbc a week after more specifically neutropolis and lymphocytes counts?

Could a passed flu or cold influence the results of cbc a week after more specifically neutropolis and lymphocytes counts?

May be: it is a vague question. Flu may be followed by bacterial infection and cause increased neutrophils. A usual cold should not materially alter the WBC counts and differential counts. ...Read more

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What is a clotting factor deficiency in a child?

What is a clotting factor deficiency in a child?

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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Common Cold (Definition)

An upper respiratory tract infection, or URI, is a condition where there is a viral infection of the nose or throat, causing redness and inflammation, runny ...Read more