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Doctor insights on: Lifestyle Factors Affecting Enterovirus Infection

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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Infection (Definition)

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


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What role do health departments play in mitigating the spread of contagious disease, such as hiv?

What role do health departments play in mitigating the spread of contagious disease, such as hiv?

Work to reduce : The transmission of hiv, through outreach, and education and treatment of segments of the population most at risk for getting infected, or spreading the disease. Educate to prevent infection, including needle exchange programs, access to condoms, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. ...Read more

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Which viruses, bacteria, and/or fungi are causative factors in channelopathies [transient receptor potential (trp) channels, in particular]?

Which viruses, bacteria, and/or fungi are causative factors in channelopathies [transient receptor potential (trp) channels, in particular]?

The cause if: These rare abnormalities are though to be genetic and/or autoimmune, not secondary to an infection, but you should discuss it with your diagnosing physician. ...Read more

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Besides pneumonia what contagious diseases affect the elderly?

Besides pneumonia what contagious diseases affect the elderly?

All of them: Elderly get all the same diseases as the young ones.. Sometimes immunity wanes and vaccines get forgotten so they are prone to many of the same illnesses as unvaccinated children. Most contagious disease though is mild and viral ( not amounting to a pneumonia) and there is no vaccine for that. ...Read more

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What external factors improve/affect recovery from infection?

What external factors improve/affect recovery from infection?

Infection: Diet, weather, comfortable rest, TLC from loved ones may all be of some benefit. Hope you get over this soon. ...Read more

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What could cause symptoms of immune issues and reoccuring oral thrush, other than autoimmune disorders?

What could cause symptoms of immune issues and reoccuring oral thrush, other than autoimmune disorders?

Oral thrush: It is unusual for an 17 year old to have recurrent oral thrush. If you use chronic corticosteroid, or steroid asthma inhaler, you might have an increased risk of having it. Some conditions that affect the number or function of your t lymphocytes, a type of the immune cells can make you susceptible to oral thrush or mucocutaneus candidiasis. ...Read more

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Are staph infections and shingles related?

Are staph infections and shingles related?

No: Shingles is caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster virus), which is an entirely different organism from staphylococcus aureus, which is a bacteria. However, shingles lesions can get superinfected, and the most common cause for this is staph. Aureus. ...Read more

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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

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Hx of a "mononucleosis like virus" (titer neg), still get chronic sinus infections, weakened immune system, shingles, bact infects. Poss causes? Hiv-

Hx of a "mononucleosis like virus" (titer neg), still get chronic sinus infections, weakened immune system, shingles, bact infects. Poss causes? Hiv-

Immune deficiency: Good that HIV has been ruled out! but there are other immune-deficiency states that need to be addressed. Tell your md to refer you to a good immunologist for further work up. ...Read more

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Is there any other way of a getting trichomoniasis other than sex; example weak immune system from sinus infections, staph infections?

Is there any other way of a getting trichomoniasis other than sex; example weak immune system from sinus infections, staph infections?

See answer: Trichomoniasis, a parasite, is almost always passed on sexually. Trichomoniasis can also survive on infected objects like sheets, towels, underwear, and sex toys and can be transmitted by sharing them, though this mode of transmission is quite unusual. A weakened immune system may increase your susceptibility to this or any other STD. Although symptoms vary, most men and women are asymptomatic. ...Read more

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Can untreated hashimoto disease weaken immune system and cause several bacterial / viral infections the past several months?

Can untreated hashimoto disease weaken immune system and cause several bacterial / viral infections the past several months?

Thyroid function?: If your thyroid function is normal , then there should be no problem with your immune system. Even if the thyroid function were low, the immune function is not usually impaired. ...Read more

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At nursing homes which are predisposing factors for urinary tract infections?

At nursing homes which are predisposing factors for urinary tract infections?

Post menopause/cathe: These are the predisposing factors for fecurrent UTI in nursing home 1 post menopausal women, as most in nursing home are postmenopausal 2 urinary incontinance is another factor and common in nursing homes 3 antibiotic use which kills the good bacteria which is protective 4 allergy to soaps, vaginal creams or other chemicals used in the genital area can predispose to utis 5 catheters use in men bph. ...Read more

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What could cause secondary (acquired) immunodeficiency coupled with autoimmunity? Both started at same time. Cancers and infections?(negative 4 hiv)

Immune Dysregulation: Disruption of the process of self/non-self recognition can lead to either immune deficiency (increased susceptibility to infection) or to autoimmunity (increased and pathogenic responses to self-antigens). Many of the genes that create susceptibility to autoimmunity also create susceptibility to immune deficiency. ...Read more

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Do inhaled corticosteroids increase susceptibility to fungal/bacterial resp. infections (besides candida)? Environmental mold, or healthcare exposure?

Do inhaled corticosteroids increase susceptibility to fungal/bacterial resp. infections (besides candida)? Environmental mold, or healthcare exposure?

Not usually: Usually just thrush if you have a normal immune system. Not sure what the second part of your question is asking. Here is some info about on of the inhaled corticosteroids: http://www.drugs.com/sfx/flovent-hfa-side-effects.html ...Read more

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What are risk factors for chronic prostatitis infection?

What are risk factors for chronic prostatitis infection?

Not all prostatitis: Is bacterial. Perhaps prostate and seminal vesicle congestion may be irritating? We call prostatis when we cannot make a more specific diagnosis, and you suffer irritative effects. Commonly, anti-biotics are used, and anti-inflammatories. But sex, too much or too little, has no established role. Having sex can elevate the psa test, however. ...Read more

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When cleaning after someone has been ill with enterovirus infection, do we need to disinfect the whole room or just the things they may have touched?

When cleaning after someone has been ill with enterovirus infection, do we need to disinfect the whole room or just the things they may have touched?

Cleaning: When someone is sick with viral infection, it's a good idea to clean the room totally. That's using a good product like clorox wipes to clean and disinfect the surfaces and wash bedding in hot water. This will decrease the transmission if disease. Good luck! ...Read more

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Enterovirus infection last week. No temp since Sunday. Today, little queasy and low grade fever (99.5). Otherwise ok.Same infection? Still contagious?

Enterovirus infection last week. No temp since Sunday. Today, little queasy and low grade fever (99.5). Otherwise ok.Same infection? Still contagious?

Enterovirus: If you are still symptomatic and having fever, then you are probably still contagious. It is likely still the same infection, although you could have a secondary infection as well. Get lots of rest, drink lots of fluids and take care. ...Read more

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Enterovirus infection started Mon. (fever, headache). Today (Sun) having mild diarrhea, low grade fever. Likely same infection or something different?

Enterovirus infection started Mon. (fever, headache). Today (Sun) having mild diarrhea, low grade fever. Likely same infection or something different?

Enterovirus: You should not be on clindamycin for viral infection. The diarrhea may be enterovirous Working through the system or due to clindamycin causing GI flora disturbance & possible C. Diff colitis. Keep hydrating. TAlk to your doctor about discontinuing Clindamycin. May also benefit from probiotics and yogurt with live culture. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about enterovirus?

What can you tell me about enterovirus?

Enterovirus: These are single-stranded RNA viruses associated with several human and animal diseases. Originally, they were classified into 4 groups: polioviruses, Coxsackie A viruses (CA), Coxsackie B viruses (CB), and echoviruses. Then they realized this wasn't a perfect system, and now Enteroviruses are named with a system of consecutive numbers: EV68, EV69, EV70, EV71. That last one can be pretty bad. ...Read more

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Why would someone need an enterovirus culture?

Why would someone  need an enterovirus culture?

Viral cultures: Enteroviruses, such as coxsackie, echo, and polio, replicate in the gastrointestinal track and may cause fever and vague GI symptoms. More serious disease can occur if the virus spread to the central nervous system (causing viral meningitis or even poliomyelitis) or heart (causing myocarditis). The stool, cerebrospinal fluid and heart tissue can be cultured for this group of viruses. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about human enterovirus 68, 70?

Too broad: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/infectious_diseases/enteroviruses/overview_of_enterovirus_infections.html

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I think I have the enterovirus because I have a cold in the summer. Is this likely the case?

I think I have the enterovirus because I have a cold in the summer. Is this likely the case?

Not enterovirus: Enteroviruses usually cause diarrhea or other intestinal complaints. Other classes of viruses like rhinovirus and adenovirus cause respiratory complaints in the summer. ...Read more

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How serious is enterovirus 68 and is there a test for it?

How serious is enterovirus 68 and is there a test for it?

Depends: Enterovirus 68 has gotten a lot of press recently. It has been causing outbreaks of severe respiratory disease, mainly limited to children with asthma or other respiratory problems. There is no specific treatment, but supportive care is very effective. Fortunately, the fatality rate from the virus is very low with proper supportive care. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Turns out baby girl has enterovirus. Is this contagious before symptoms appear?

Turns out baby girl has enterovirus. Is this contagious before symptoms appear?

Enterovirus: Most likely the virus was shedding before the symptoms appeared. At this point, good hand washing is best way to avoid spread. ...Read more

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As an adult asthmatic how worried do I need to be about the Enterovirus D68 that's hit mostly kids?

As an adult asthmatic how worried do I need to be about the Enterovirus D68 that's hit mostly kids?

Some: It seems to be more common in children and teenagers. If an ordinary cold is making you sick see your doctor. Although EV D68 is very unusual in adults there are other viruses that can cause similar symptoms. ...Read more

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What are some ways to prevent getting the enterovirus? Also, does this virus share the same origins as the cold?

What are some ways to prevent getting the enterovirus? Also, does this virus share the same origins as the cold?

Enteroviruses: There are numerous different enteroviruses (poliomyelitis, Coxsackie, etc.) Enterovirus 68, is similar to the rhinovirus that causes the common cold, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But unlike a cold, the infection can lead to severe respiratory symptoms like wheezing. To prevent this stay away from infected persons, wash hands after touching people. ...Read more

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What sicknesses are associated with coxsackie virus and enterovirus 71?

What sicknesses are associated with coxsackie virus and enterovirus 71?

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

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Can you tell me about enterovirus 68? And what precautions I need to take with my 3 1/2 year old and 9 month old?

Can you tell me about enterovirus 68? And what precautions I need to take with my 3 1/2 year old and 9 month old?

Enteroviral D68: Best to check out the CDC website for uptodate information. It is a respiratory illness and is air borne. The best you can do is to avoid public gatherings or anyone sick. Follow up with a physician for any worrisome symptoms for supportive care. All the best and I hope they stay well. ...Read more

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What happens if fungal/herpes/enterovirus meningitis aren't treated? Can they cause death?

What happens if fungal/herpes/enterovirus meningitis aren't treated? Can they cause death?

It depends: Fungal meningitis is bad stuff, tough to treat successfully, but usually deadly if not treated. Herpes encephalitis can cause severe disability and/or death and should be aggressively treated as early as possible. Other viral meningitis cases could potentially resolve successfully even without medication, and are often not even clearly diagnosed initially. ...Read more

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I think I caught an enterovirus from my baby girl. Head is pounding and temp is 99.7. Can I expect it to be milder for me than it was for her?

I think I caught an enterovirus from my baby girl. Head is pounding and temp is 99.7. Can I expect it to be milder for me than it was for her?

Entero virus inf.: Usually it is sfae to say that infections in babies are worse than in adults. The baby dos not have the same ability to fight of infections and generally have a rougher course.. Entero viruses are usually self limiting in adults but in babies it can be quite serious including affecting their heart or brain and various other body systems including the liver or kidney and sometimes can be fatal. ...Read more

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Son has fever above 102 for 3 days, not many other symptoms, just lethargic.took him to dr, they say viral..was in hosp 2 wks ago for enterovirus?

Son has fever above 102 for 3 days, not many other symptoms, just lethargic.took him to dr, they say viral..was in hosp 2 wks ago for enterovirus?

Viral infections: Viral infections are common in children. Biggest issue is the continued Fever Phobia we have - belief the fever is harmful. It is not - it is how the body kills infection. Viral treatment is rest, fluids, and as needed Tylenol/motrin for pain/fever discomfort. Most improve by five days - some can break out into rash at end of infection. Keep close eye and tell your MD if any major changes. http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/bacterial-and-viral-infections?page=2 ...Read more