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Doctor insights on: Parainfluenza Virus In Children

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How can a person treat parainfluenza virus?

How can a person treat parainfluenza virus?

Supportive : No real treatment ! Experimental in transplant patients using IV / nebulized RIBAVIRIN WITH IV GAMMAGLOBULIN, EXPERIMENTAL AGENT DAS181 ( SIALIDASE ).in HSCT. ...Read more

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A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: Parainfluenza virus?

What is the definition or description of: Parainfluenza virus?

Parainfluenza virus: Parainfluenza viruses can cause upper and lower respiratory infections including bronchitis, bronchiolitis, croup and pneumonia. ...Read more

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I feel croup when Montelukast effect is at end. I had some influenza 5 months ago. Montelukast helps. Can Montelukast treat parainfluenza virus?

I feel croup when Montelukast effect is at end. I had some influenza 5 months ago. Montelukast helps. Can Montelukast treat parainfluenza virus?

Montelukast: Montelukast is a preventative asthma medication and also used for allergy control. Your 'Croup" symptoms may actually be asthma or allergy symptoms - there is this type of both conditions. So when this is wearing off, your symptoms reappear. This medication does not treat parainfluenza virus, but may minimize some of the associated airway symptoms. ...Read more

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My son had croup 2 days ago. My daughter today has a high fever, no coughing, but she vomitted once. Could it be the same virus or is it totally different. Will I have both a gastro and parainfluenza going through our home?

My son had croup 2 days ago. My daughter today has a high fever, no coughing, but she vomitted once. Could it be the same virus or is it totally different. Will I have both a gastro and parainfluenza going through our home?

Likely same virus: Most probably it is the same virus infection in both the children. Only one vomit does not suggest another infection .Your daughter may start coughing later on .Coughing ,diarrhea and vomiting and fever are the common symptoms in respiratory viral infections .Watch your daughter for her symptoms and talk to your doctor . ...Read more

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Took my 4yr daughter to children's hospital found out she has parainfluenza anything that can help with it cuz I know there's nothing that can be done?

Took my 4yr daughter to children's hospital found out she has parainfluenza anything that can help with it cuz I know there's nothing that can be done?

Children: Parainfluenza is a very common VIRAL infection that there is no medicine for it. It will get better on its own. Its the number 1 cause for croup, which if your child has, besides steam showers and cold air, steroids can often help with that. ...Read more

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Son has parainfluenza/croup. His twin woke up coughing but not barky should I keep her home from school ? Could this be early croup?

Son has parainfluenza/croup. His twin woke up coughing but not barky  should I keep her home from school ? Could this be early croup?

Depends: If your child is feverish and cough becomes more concerning, then i would have them seen by their doctor. This could be early croup, but it could just be the beginnings if a cold. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a parvo vaccine and a parainfluenza- and parvovirus?

What are the differences between a parvo vaccine and a parainfluenza- and parvovirus?

Different viruses: Parvo vaccine is used in dogs against canine parvo virus, ax fatal disease. It is different than parainfluenza virus. Humans also get infections from different species of the
same viruses, and vaccines against these two aren't developed for universal use. ...Read more

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How long is parainfluenza / croup contagious ?

At least a week: Most viruses follow the same basic pattern. Viral numbers expand exponentially until our immune systems can generate an effective response (fever is the first attempt). Antibody response to viruses takes 3-5 days and peak infectivity is usually the first week. We continue to shed virus for 1-2 weeks after. Respiratory viruses are spread by droplets which can travel up to 4 feet through the air. ...Read more

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4 yr had parainfluenza bad cough on predisolone getting better husband and I now sick should I stop meds with her since it makes u catch thing easier?

4 yr had parainfluenza bad cough on predisolone getting better husband and I now sick should I stop meds with her since it makes u catch thing easier?

Stopping: a course of steroids before the complete regimen has been used can cause rebound symptoms which can be more difficult to treat. The immunosuppressive effects of short courses of steroids is usually not significant. ...Read more

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Hoe long does parainfluenza / croup last? Had steroid shot so how long before improvement ? How long keep home from school ? His dr wasn't helpful :0(

Hoe long does parainfluenza / croup last? Had steroid shot so how long before improvement ? How long keep home from school ? His dr wasn't helpful :0(

Depends: Croup symptoms generally peak 2 to 3 days after the symptoms of the viral infection begin. Viral croup usually lasts 3 to 7 days. Steroid shot usually works in a few hours and can last to up to 24 hours. If your child is still having breathing problems or feverish, then have them seen by a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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How is a parvo vaccine and a parainfluenza- and parvovirus different?

How is a parvo vaccine and a parainfluenza- and parvovirus different?

Ask your vet: Canine parvovirus is a common viral disease that is caused by the canine parvovirus type 2 (cpv-2) virus. The virus attacks the gastrointestinal tract and immune system of puppies and dogs, causing severe vomiting and diarrhea. It can also attack the hearts of very young puppies. Parvo is a singular vaccine and the other is a combination. You can get better info from your veterinarian. ...Read more

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Daughter diagnosed with parainfluenza don't know much about it has non stop cough and now she's sneezing a lot what should I do?

Daughter diagnosed with parainfluenza don't know much about it has non stop cough and now she's sneezing a lot what should I do?

Parainfluenza: parainfluenza is like any other common cold. It lasts 3-5 days up to one week. It is usually have cough, congestion, low grade fever. If there is history of asthma in your child, it will make it worse. Try suctioning the nose, humidifier and elevation of head of the bed. ...Read more

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My daughter is 4 yr old 48 lb they told me to give Benadryl (diphenhydramine) she ha parainfluenza to help calm cough how much to I give her?

My daughter is 4 yr old 48 lb they told me to give Benadryl (diphenhydramine) she ha parainfluenza to help calm cough how much to I give her?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) dose: the dose for Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is 5 ml for every 22 lbs of weight. So for your daughter, it's about 10 ml, or 2 teaspoonfuls every 4 to 6 hours. ...Read more

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What are the ending stages of parainfluenza? My 4yr old has it? Her cough is so bad her chest and tummy hurt and real hoarsey could it be deadly

What are the ending stages of parainfluenza? My 4yr old has it? Her cough is so bad her chest and tummy hurt and real hoarsey  could it be deadly

Nah...: Paraflu for a healthy normal four year old is not a deadly disease, thankfully. That hoarse voice and cough will persist 10 to 14 days, and should be improving gradually by day 10. She should not have fever at this point, and she should not have ear aches. You can get a muscle sprain in the intercostal muscles (between ribs) from the coughing. You can treat this with ibuprofen. ...Read more

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Daughter has parainfluenza coughs are so bad that she wakes up with croupy cough trying to breath on predisolone why not helping ER sends me home ?

Parainfluenza: this is a viral infection which causes a cough for several days and since it is viral there is no treatment to kill the virus. Symptoms are a croupy cough that is caused by soft tissue swelling of the upper airway. These symptoms can be treated with steroids and moist air such as by a cool mist humidifier or sitting in a bathroom with steamed air from the shower. If she worsens get her rechecked ...Read more

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4 yr has parainfluenza since Christmas found out went to ER coughing so bad got breathing treatment codeine cough syrup not working what should I do ?

4 yr has parainfluenza since Christmas found out went to ER coughing so bad got breathing treatment codeine cough syrup not working what should I do ?

Reevaluation: Since your child is not getting any better a reevaluation by your Pediatrician needs to be done. There may be pneumonia present that may need further treatment, or your child may need a home nebulizer or other medications. ...Read more

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My 4 yr old daughter has parainfluenza any over-the-counter cough and stuffy nose medicines that would help relieve some of the symptoms?

My 4 yr old daughter has parainfluenza any over-the-counter cough and stuffy nose medicines that would help relieve some of the symptoms?

Not really: Over 30 years of studies have proven that cold and cough medicines are not effective and have potentially serious side effects. Saline nasal flushes, elevating the head of her bed, using a humidifier, and 1 tsp of buckwheat honey as needed, on the other hand, can help with symptom control. ...Read more

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Took 4 yr old to ER for parainfluenza cough bad prescribed predisone is it Safe for her? oxygen 100% lungs clear why such a bad cough though

Took 4 yr old to ER for parainfluenza cough bad prescribed predisone is it Safe for her? oxygen 100% lungs clear why such a bad cough though

Croup: Swelling if trachea from a viral infection is called croup. The cough and noisy breathing are usually worse at night. The swelling can become obstructive particularly in small infants. The key is to pay attention to air movement, not the cough or noise. Less air means a trip to the ER. Prednisone is the drug of choice. Cold air and a humidifier also shrink the swelling. Lasts 3-5 days. ...Read more

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I'm 8 weeks pregnant & just caught parainfluenza from my 5-year old. Fever is below 38 C, but my sinuses are full & i cough alot. Should i be worried?

I'm 8 weeks pregnant & just caught parainfluenza from my 5-year old. Fever is below 38 C, but my sinuses are full & i cough alot. Should i be worried?

Shouldn't be: Although parainfluenza can cause respirstory problems, little in the way of any serious problems-just make sure you are well hydrated, avoid medications if possible ...Read more

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Parainfluenza 4 yr old croupy bad cough gasps for air at times cuz so bad ER sends us home when we take her say lungs and oxygen are fine on steroids ?

Parainfluenza 4 yr old croupy bad cough gasps for air at times cuz so bad ER sends us home when we take her say lungs and oxygen are fine on steroids ?

Croup: what you are describing is croup. If your child is not having any breath of difficulty that you don't see the chest rising up and down, or having his oxygen level below 90, many times the ER will send you home. Use humidifier, or steam shower before going to bed. Sometimes, we give decadron, (dexamethasone) either liquid or an injection to decrease the swelling from croup ...Read more

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Med assit called and my throat culture was haemophilus parainfluenza 2. Worried because I don't know what this means. amoxicillin for 7 days so far.

Med assit called and my throat culture was haemophilus parainfluenza 2. Worried because I don't know what this means. amoxicillin for 7 days so far.

H. parainfluenzae: Haemophilus parainfluenzae, is a common bacteria found normally in the oropharynx. It probably is NOT the germ responsible for your pharyngitis, although I hope by now after 7 days of antibiotics you're better. Various viruses (mono) and bacteria (Strep A) would be on my list - were they checked for? A related bacteria known as Haemophilus influenzae IS a pathogen (a real germ) but u don't have it ...Read more

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Daughter is getting over parainfluenza and she still gets warm at times is that normal and still sounds nasal like and has green bowel movements?

Daughter is getting over parainfluenza and she still gets warm at times is that normal and still sounds nasal like and has green bowel movements?

Can be normal: With severe viral respiratory infections persistent symptoms are common for 7-10 days. As long as things are slowly improving just relax and allow recovery to occur. If fever recurs or increased respiratory sxs occur get her rechecked ...Read more

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4 yr has parainfluenza cough real bad dry cracked lips but drinking a lot could she be dehydrated or is it from breathing through mouth worried

4 yr has parainfluenza cough real bad dry cracked lips but drinking a lot could she be dehydrated or is it from breathing through mouth worried

Urine output: is one way you can get an estimate of her state of hydration. A child who is dehydrated will have very little urine production. If she is drinking well and has good urine output, her dry lips could be from licking them or from mouth breathing. You can apply a lip balm to help with the discomfort and retain hydration of her lips. ...Read more

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Parainfluenza Virus (Definition)

Parainfluenza viruses can cause upper and lower respiratory infections including bronchitis, ...Read more