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Kids With Enterovirus Infection
Do unvaccinated children's immune systems strengthen viral infections that are passed to vaccinated children? (Colds or flu)
No: No evidence to support your suspicion.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Generally not: Similar to other viruses which infect the GI tract, but the nausea, vomiting, fever and respiratory symptoms may be slightly worse. Children will be lethargic, not have much appetite, and may develop low grade liver inflammation. Serious complications are almost entirely related to dehydration, imbalance of electrolytes, and acidosis. Often lasts 8-10 days and rarely requires hospitalization. ...Read more
Yes: RSV may be acquired at any age. It is especially severe in its presentation among patients who are already ill. The elderly population is also vulnerable. To prevent the spread of RSV, good hand washing and wiping off surfaces with anti-bacterial wipes is helpful. PRMG/Pediatrics/CA ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Viral Exanthum : The level of contagion drops significantly once a child has been fever free without medications for 24 hours. Viral rashes often take much longer to resolve but should not prohibit school or daycare attendance. An exception would be chickenpox, which should be considered contagious until all lesions are scanned and dry. ...Read more
If a child has measles, can his immune parent "carry" the virus and unintentionally infect other susceptible children?
Not exactly: Roseola is most commonly caused by a virus called hhv-6 (human herpes virus-6, and you can only get this illness once. There are, however several look alike illnesses caused by different virus groups including hhv-7, enteroviruses, adenoviruses, and parainfluenza viruses that can closely resemble roseola and would fool most anyone. ...Read more
Could an adult carry on his hands, chicken pox germs from infected children to other uninfected children?
Not advised: The child's respiratory capacity may be compromised, making them more prone to tiring and then risk of accidental drowning. With bacterial pneumonia, there is usually a fair amount of fluid in the lungs, and thus the capacity may be compromised. It would be ok to dangle feet in the water, but i wouldn't advise actual swimming until done with medicine and cleared by doctor. ...Read more
We were in contact with a boy with rashes vomiting (gastrointestinal virus) most likely. I'm 26 weeks pregnant and have young kids. Dangerous?
Is viral pneumonia contagious? A child where i work was diagnoised with viral pneumonia. Is it contagiious?
Maybe: Viruses can be transmitted person to person, however a virus that causes pneumonia in one person may not necessarily cause pneumonia in another person who is infected with it. For example the flu can can cause a fever, muscle aches and few lung symptoms in one person but a severe pneumonia in another. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Death associated with influenza usually occurs with an infection with the normal floral microbe, staphylococcus pneumoniae...Correct?
Sometimes.: Ear infections can occur with or without fever. Other symptoms of ear infections include ear pulling or rubbing, decreased sleep or eating, fussing, not wanting to be laid down, and vomiting. Fevers can be caused by viruses, bacteria, and even noninfectious conditions. If you think your baby might have an ear infection, please take him or her to the doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do children with Chronic benign neutrophenia also have problem fighting viral infections or have problem only fighting bacterial infections?
Can people who have had polio with no symptoms, or flu-like illness ('abortive infection') - 95% have post polio syndrome?
No not true: Oeople who had asymptomatic polio myelitis with just flu like illness and no neyrological deficit means their anterior horn cells and other neurological areas like brain stem etc were not attacked and they will lead normal life an will not get post polio syndrome.Only 1% ofcases virus enters the nervous system, destroying the neurons and causing paralysis and lasting muscle weakness;later pps. ...Read more
If a child is diagnosed with scarlet fever, will the family members receive antibiotics as prophylaxis?
Not necessarily: This disease is caused by the organism which causes strep throat and many family members may be carrying this in the back of their throats without symptoms. There are some doctors who may favor prophylactic treatment, but it does not have a high success rate in eradication of these bacteria. It is a judgement call by the doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Rsv prophylaxis only protects against pneumonia. With the new drug motavizumab the lokelihood fir upper resp tract infection is lower. Keep in mind that there is no immunity after the prophylaxis. Its an antibody. Not a vaccine. The concentration drops after administration and needs to be repeated. ...Read more
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