In most cases, a child's body, with the help of the immune system, will get rid of the virus over time. Antibiotics cannot treat a viral infection, so it's best to just make your child more comfortable. Children with weakened immune systems, transplants, HIV or AIDS, or congenital immunodeficiencies may have a more difficult time fighting adenovirus, so stronger treatment might be needed. (A congenital immunodeficiency is a condition a baby is born with that causes the immune system to not work properly. )
If your child has a respiratory infection or fever, getting plenty of rest and taking in extra fluids are essential. A cool-mist humidifier (vaporizer) may help loosen congestion and make your child more comfortable. Be sure to clean and dry the humidifier thoroughly each day to prevent bacterial or mold contamination. If your child is under 6 months old, you may need to clear his or her nose with nasal saline drops and a bulb syringe.
Don't give any over-the-counter (OTC) cold remedies or cough medicines without checking with your doctor. You can use acetaminophen to treat a fever (your doctor will tell you the proper dose); however, do not give aspirin because of the risk of Reye syndrome, a life-threatening illness.
If your child has diarrhea or is vomiting, increase fluid intake and check with the doctor about giving an oral rehydration solution to prevent dehydration.
To relieve the symptoms of pinkeye, use warm compresses and, if your doctor recommends them, a topical eye ointment or drops.
Most adenoviral infections last from a few days to a week. However:
- severe respiratory infections may last longer and cause lingering symptoms, such as a cough
- pneumonia can last anywhere from 2–4 weeks
- pinkeye can persist for another several days to a week
- more severe keratoconjunctivitis can last for several weeks
- adenovirus can cause diarrhea that lasts up to 2 weeks (longer than other viral diarrhea episodes)
There's no way to completely prevent adenoviral infections in kids. To reduce their spread, parents and other caregivers should encourage frequent hand washing, keep shared surfaces (such as countertops and toys) clean, and remove kids with infections from group settings until symptoms pass.
Most of these adenoviral conditions and their symptoms are also associated with other causes. Call your doctor if:
- a fever continues more than a few days
- symptoms seem to get worse after a week
- your child has breathing problems
- your child is under 3 months old
- any swelling and redness around the eye becomes more severe or painful
- your child shows signs of dehydration, such as appearing tired or lacking energy, producing less urine or tears, or having a dry mouth or sunken eyes
Remember, you know your child best. If he or she appears to be severely ill, don't hesitate to call your doctor right away.
From its discovery until 2006, confirmed cases of Zika virus infection were rare, although cases were reported during the 60's in Africa and South-East Asia. Analysis suggested that the African and Asian strains emerged as two distinct lineages.
The first outbreak outside of Africa and Asia was documented on Yap Island in the Federal States of Micronesia, in 2007.
Clinical and serologic evidence indicate that 2 American scientists contracted Zika virus infections while working in Senegal in 2008. One of the scientists transmitted this arbovirus to his wife after his return home. Direct contact is implicated as the transmission route, most likely as a sexually transmitted infection since none of their four children contracted the virus.
The largest outbreak of the Zika Virus began in October 2013 in French Polynesia, South Pacific with an estimated 28,000 infections. Outbreaks also occurred in Easter Island, the Cook Islands and New Caledonia.
If you are mildly ill, stay home and avoid contact with other people until your symptoms are gone. This will help prevent the spread of the virus.
If you are a person at high risk of flu-related complications, contact your health care provider. Tell them about your symptoms.
See a health care provider immediately if you develop any of these symptoms:
- shortness of breath
- fast or trouble breathing
- pain in your chest
- blueish or grey skin colour
- bloody or coloured mucous in your mouth or spit
- sudden dizziness or confusion
- severe or ongoing vomiting
- a high fever (39°C and above) that lasts more than 3 days
- low blood pressure
Tell your health care provider about your flu symptoms over the phone before your appointment. That way, they can arrange to see you without exposing other people to the virus.
Also see a health care provider if you are caring for a child who is sick with the flu and is:
- not drinking or eating as usual
- not waking up or interacting with others
- irritable (not wanting to play or be held)
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Fluish Feeling Meaning and Causes of Flu-Like Sensation
At times a person may feel unwell or is in discomfort without being able to identify any specific symptoms like nausea or pain. It is a generalized sensation that cannot be localized to a certain part of the body. This is commonly referred to as a fluish feeling or a flu-like feeling. The correct medical term for this sensation is malaise. The flu (seasonal influenza) is the most common recurrent ailment that humans experience throughout life. One of the main features of this viral infection is malaise which precedes the other symptoms and persists throughout the illness. Therefore it is only natural that most people describe malaise as feeling fluish or a flu-like sensation since they are very familiar with this sensation.
There is no specific explanation for malaise or the fluish feeling. It is a sensation that cannot be definitely measured and may vary from person to person. Although subjective, some features that may be noted includes:
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Dizziness or lightheaded
- Changes in blood pressure
- Changes in heart rate
- Changes in blood glucose
- Changes in blood gas levels
The severity of these symptoms may vary from person to person and is also dependent on the underlying cause. However, it is important to note that a fluish feeling is not always due to the flu (influenza) or any related systemic infection. It may be experienced with a number of conditions like diabetes mellitus, heart attack, cancer or autoimmune diseases. Even in these instances, malaise may precede the onset of other more definitive symptoms.
Therefore a fluish feeling should not be taken as a sign of the upcoming flu particularly in a person who is at high risk of developing other conditions. This especially applies to people over the age of 40 years, who are obese, with a history of cigarette smoking and family history of ailments like heart attacks, stroke, diabetes and cancer. The elderly need to be particularly cautious with regards to a fluish feeling.
Malaise is a common symptom in a wide range of conditions. It may occur for a short period in acute diseases or acute flareups of chronic diseases. Sometimes malaise is persistent for much longer periods – even months and years.
Infections are one of the most common cause of the fluish feeling even when it is not the influenza virus involved. It is the systemic infections, most of which are viral, that are more likely to contribute to malaise.
- Influenza – seasonal flu and H1N1 (swine flu)
- Lyme disease
- Rhinovirus infection (common cold)
- Chronic viral hepatitis
There are various other systemic infections that cause cause malaise. The presence of a fever and swollen lymph nodes is a common indicator of an infection. Travelers to endemic areas, particularly in developing nations without proper vaccinations, should be cautious about malaise as it may be the first sign of an infection.
Any condition that compromises heart function will lead to malaise. This includes changes to heart rate and rhythm. Blood can therefore not be adequately re-oxygenated and distributed throughout the body as is usually the case. Vascular conditions are less likely to cause malaise.
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Eine Grippe (Influenza) kann sehr unterschiedlich ablaufen: Milde, erkältungsähnliche Grippesymptome sind ebenso möglich wie eine schwere Erkrankung, die im Extremfall sogar tödlich enden kann.
Gerade anfangs kann man die Grippe leicht mit einer Erkältung verwechseln. Der Unterschied zwischen Influenza und Erkältung zeigt sich im Verlauf und in der Schwere der Erkrankung.
Die Grippe ist eine plötzlich auftretende, fieberhafte Viruserkrankung, die durch verschiedene Grippeviren entsteht. Da sie im Winter häufiger vorkommt, wird sie auch "saisonale Grippe" genannt.
Typischerweise tritt die Grippe zeitlich und örtlich gehäuft auf: Dann spricht man von einer Grippewelle oder Epidemie. In größeren Zeitabständen von mehreren Jahren bis Jahrzehnten breitet sich die Influenza länderübergreifend beziehungsweise weltweit aus – dies bezeichnet man als Pandemie.
Die Erkrankungs- und Sterberate schwankt bei der Influenza allerdings stark. In manchen Jahren steigt die normale Sterblichkeitsrate trotz Grippefällen gar nicht an. Doch während einer einzelnen Grippesaison können auch mehrere Tausend Menschen mehr als sonst sterben. So gab es beispielsweise durch die besonders heftige Grippewelle 2012/13 in Deutschland über 20.000 zusätzliche Todesfälle. Daher ist eine Influenza nie als harmlos anzusehen.
Typisch für die echte Grippe (Influenza): Man fühlt sich schlagartig richtig krank.
Ausgelöst wird die Grippe durch bestimmte Viren: die sogenannten Influenzaviren vom Typ A, B und C.
Der Hauptunterschied zwischen Grippe und Erkältung ("grippaler Infekt"): Bei der Grippe treten die Symptome gleichzeitig und heftiger auf:
Es kommt zu hohem Fieber über 38,5 Grad Celsius,.
. das mit Schüttelfrost einhergehen kann.
Das Fieber kann über mehrere Tage andauern und schwächt den Betroffenen.
Auch Husten zählt bei einer Grippe zu den gängigen Beschwerden.
Manche Betroffene leiden unter Halsschmerzen und Heiserkeit,.
. andere Grippepatienten klagen zudem über Kopf- und Gliederschmerzen.
Bis die Grippe ausgestanden ist, vergehen meist ein bis zwei Wochen.