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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Parainfluenza Virus (Definition)

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