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Doctor insights on: Psittacosis In Children

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Is psittacosis chronic?

Is psittacosis chronic?

Yes: This illness comes from the body's reaction to being in close contact to birds. It can be chronic and cause ongoing breathing problems. The patient's doctor can do tests or order a referral to do tests see if that is really the problem. ...Read more

Dr. Stephanie Boyarsky
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Psittacosis (Definition)

Psittacosis ( parrot fever or ornithosis) is an infectious disease which is caused when infected birds spread the Chlamydophila psittaci bacteria. Check this article for a ...Read more


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What causes psittacosis disease?

Infection: Psittacosis is the name given to infection with chlamydia psittaci organism which spreads from pet birds, most commonly parrots, macaws, cockatiels etc. Birds also get sick from this infection, and can pass it to humans. Infection is most common in lungs (pneumonia) but can also spread to the blood stream. Effective antibiotic therapy with tetracyclines can cure the infection. ...Read more

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How can psittacosis be transmitted?

Inhalation: The primary route of infection is via inhalation of aerosolized dried bird droppings or if respiratory secretions from sick birds are inhaled. You can get the disease by handling sick birds or even through transient exposure to sick birds. Human to human transmission is rare. ...Read more

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What are the tests for psittacosis?

Chest X ray/AB titer: Chest x ray (cxr) shows diffuse, patchy infiltrates, while wbc, esr, liver fxn. Tests (lft) are normal. Diagnosis is made by isolation of the organism in culture and seeing a 4 fold rise in antibody. Treatment is tetracycline (500mg/day) for 7-14 days. Fever and symptoms improve in 24-48 hours. Erythromycin can be used in those allergic or who have trouble with tetracycline. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated psittacosis?

Pneumonia: Psittacosis is a respiratory infection due to chlamydiophila psittaci spread from birds. Classically the reservoirs are psittacine birds such as parrots but one of the largest outbreaks in the usa was associated with the turkey processing plant. ...Read more

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What are the definitive criteria for psittacosis?

What are the definitive criteria for psittacosis?

Chest X ray/AB titer: Chest x ray (cxr) shows diffuse, patchy infiltrates, while wbc, esr, liver fxn. Tests (lft) are normal. Diagnosis is made by isolation of the organism in culture and seeing a 4 fold rise in antibody. Treatment is tetracycline (500mg/day) for 7-14 days. Fever and symptoms improve in 24-48 hours. Erythromycin can be used in those allergic or who have trouble with tetracycline. ...Read more

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Need to know the causal factor of the psittacosis?

Pneumonia: Psittacosis is a respiratory infection due to chlamydiophila psittaci spread from birds. Classically the reservoirs are psittacine birds such as parrots but one of the largest outbreaks in the usa was associated with the turkey processing plant. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Psittacosis?

Psittacosis: Psittacosis ( parrot fever or ornithosis) is an infectious disease which is caused when infected birds spread the Chlamydophila psittaci bacteria. Check this article for a list of symptoms: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000088.htm ...Read more

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How contagious is psittacosis ?

How contagious is psittacosis ?

Not very.: Psittacosis is not particularly infective. People in close contact with birds ( pet shop owners, vets, zookeepers, etc.) are at greatest risk, but given there are only about 10 cases / yr in us it is not highly contagious. Person to person transmission has been reported but not common. 10% of cases report no bird exposure..... Close exposure to infected birds seems to seroconvert approx 30%. ...Read more

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How do doctors treat psittacosis?

Treated?: Psittacosis or ornithosis is treatable with antibiotics and should respond fairly rapidly, although it may be a week or so before you begin to feel fully normal again. ...Read more

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How do doctors test and treat psittacosis?

Chest X ray/AB titer: Chest x ray (cxr) shows diffuse, patchy infiltrates, while wbc, esr, liver fxn. Tests (lft) are normal. Diagnosis is made by isolation of gthe organism and seeing a 4 fold rise in antibody. Treatment is tetracycline (500mg/day) for 7-14 days. Fever and symptoms improve in 24-48 hours. Erythromycin can be used in those allergic or who have trouble with tetracycline. ...Read more

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Is foul smelling breath symptom of psittacosis ?

Is foul smelling breath symptom of psittacosis ?

Breath: Halitosis. Many things can cause it, from teeth, gums, stomach, etc. ...Read more

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How long do parrot fever (psittacosis) last?

Treated?: Psittacosis or ornithosis is treatable with antibiotics and should respond fairly rapidly, although it may be a week or so before you begin to feel fully normal again. ...Read more

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How long do parrot fever (psittacosis) symptoms last for?

How long do parrot fever (psittacosis) symptoms last for?

About 5 days.: Pronounced headache, fevers that increase over 3-4 days, and a dry, hacking cough starting up to 5 days after fevers start are the usual symptoms. ...Read more

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How do you fight off psittacosis, also known as ornithosis, chlamydia psittici and parrot fever?

Antibiotic treatment: Psittacosis is pretty rare, but treatment is easy. The standard antibiotics used for chlamydial infections are effective, such as a tetracycline (e.g. doxycycline or minocycline) or a macrolide antibiotic (e.g. azithromycin, clarithromycin, or erythromycin). ...Read more

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What is parrot fever like?

What is parrot fever like?

Fevers and headache: Parrot fever, a.K.A. Psittacosis, usually causes fever associated with muscle aches, malaise headache and dry cough. ...Read more

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How long do parrot fever symptoms last?

Treated?: Psittacosis or ornithosis is treatable with antibiotics and should respond fairly rapidly, although it may be a week or so before you begin to feel fully normal again. ...Read more

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Sneezing in friends home in india. Can this be ornithosis/parrot fever?

Probably not: Ornithosis (a.K.A. Psittacosis) usually causes fever associated with malaise, headache and cough. Sneezing alone would not be suggestive of this diagnosis. ...Read more

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I am married in 1 year no children en problem in my health would you eat that type of food can be eat him in my husband and me?

I am married in 1 year no children en problem in my health would you eat that type of food can be eat him in my husband and me?

Chocolate : This is not scientific but neither is having babies! Try anything chocolate. Eat romantic foods. Avoid alcohol and stimulants. Relax. Enjoy being married without children. The more you relax and enjoy your spouse the better your marriage will be and the more prepared you we be to be a parent. You are learning patience and you will need it! OB doctors have solutions for you when wanted ...Read more

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I can have children?

I can have children?

Hopefully: If you want to have children but are not trying presently, there are some tests that can help tell you more. But the only way to absolutely prove one way or another is to attempt pregnancy with your partner. See your gynecologist: they can help you with the available tests. ...Read more

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Why children feel giddy ?

Why children feel giddy ?

Vertigo?: Many children get very dizzy at times without definite cause. Some are due to ear infections or ear fluid pressure. Other times it may happen because of spinning around. Episodic vertigo is a very dramatic event in some children when they look terrified and have to hold on for a few moments, then return to normal. This is usually benign but needs a good evaluation. ...Read more

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Why can't I have children?

Why can't I have children?

Consultation time: Time to consult with your ob/gyn or get a referral to a fertility center. Both you & your partner need to be evaluated. There are many possible issues & many available solutions. ...Read more

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Is 40 to old to have children?

Is 40 to old to have children?

Maybe,maybe not: Many women are quite successful in their pregnancies at 40.There is some reduced fertility & increased risk of complications, but if your basic health is good & you understand the increased risk of down syndrome, i don't see any reason to say it's too late. ...Read more

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What stops you from having children?

What stops you from having children?

STD's and PID: Sexually transmitted diseases can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease. PID can lead to later infertility. ...Read more

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Can icjd be passed on to your children?

Can icjd be passed on to your children?

CJD: The familial form can be inherited in @10% of cases, through gene mutation. ...Read more

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How to stop woomting and pain in children?

How to stop woomting and pain in children?

Vomiting: For a simple gastroenteritis, gut rest (nothing to eat or drink for 2-3 hrs) followed by small sips of clear fluids, frequently (goal depending on age of child 1-4 oz/hr). The presence of pain is more worrisome and I would recommend taking the child to their doctor for a hands-on examination to rule out anything more serious. ...Read more

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How would keep my guns away from children?

How would   keep my guns away from children?

Safe/locks: A good gun safe can double as a home for some family valuables.There are a number of trigger locks and quick entry safes on the market that provide quick access but eliminate child entry. As mentioned, kids taught gun handling and safety as early as age 4 are less likely to play with any gun they find anywhere. ...Read more

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How frequently should children from 1-12 deworm?

How frequently should children from 1-12 deworm?

Unnecessary: Unless you live in a part of the world where infestation is endemic, this is unnecessary. ...Read more

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What are ringworns how do childern get ringworns

What are ringworns how do childern get ringworns

Ringworm : Ringworm is actually not caused by a worm at all, but is caused by a fungus that lives on the skin called tinea. People can get a tinea infection from skin to skin contact with an infected person or pet or by sharing personal items such as towels, clothing, and combs.

Clotrimazole is the generic name for the over the counter cream that treats ringworm. Apply 2-3 times a day for a few weeks until the lesion disappears completely and then some. Keep it covered for the first day of treatment (or longer if you want to) to prevent spread. Your child will need to see his doctor for a stronger medication if the ringworm is on his scalp, continues to spread after treatment at home or if it doesn't get better after 4 weeks of treatment at home. ...Read more