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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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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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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