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Doctor insights on: Types Of Enterovirus Infection

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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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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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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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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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I scratched tissue roughly from bad yeast infection nurse decided to do a HSV CULTURE w/ Reflex Typing just incase what does reflex typying mean?

I scratched tissue roughly from bad yeast infection nurse decided to do a HSV CULTURE w/ Reflex Typing just incase what does reflex typying mean?

Type of Herpes Test: Hi Ryan - Sometimes a yeast infection and a Herpes or HSV infection can cause similar symptoms of irritation in the genital area. The nurse is being cautious and helping make sure that Herpes is not the cause of the irritation. There are two types of HSV, HSV 1 and HSV 2. A reflex test asks the laboratory to determine which type of HSV it is only if EITHER type of HSV is detected to begin with. ...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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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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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