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Parainfluenza: Introduction

Parainfluenza is a respiratory infection that seems very similar to influenza (i.e. flu). However, it is typically less severe than flu. It may cause flu-like symptoms, and needs to be distinguished from other similar conditions, such as the common cold or flu. Exact determination of a diagnosis of parainfluenza is not actually required in order to treat its effects, and as such, it is a diagnosis that is rarely given. Nevertheless, always seek prompt professional in-person medical advice for diagnosis of any flu-like illness. ...more »

Symptoms of Parainfluenza

Treatments for Parainfluenza

  • Treatment of infections with the parainfluenza virus depends upon the type of illness caused, the age of the patient and comorbidities. Treatments include:
    • Supportive care - Analgesics and antipyretics such as paracetamol, adequate fluid intake (oral or intravenous), oxygen therapy, intubation and ventilation in cases of severe respiratory compromise
    • Treatment of croup - quiet reassurance, oxygen therapy, fluid therapy (oral or intravenous) steroids, nebulised adrenaline, rarely intubation and ventilation in severe airway compromise
    • Treatment of bronchiolitis - monitoring, oxygen therapy, adequate fluid intake
    • Management of pneumonia - monitoring, oxygen therapy, adequate fluid intake
  • more treatments...»

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Parainfluenza: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Parainfluenza

Sinusitis is overdiagnosed: There is a tendency to give a diagnosis of sinusitis, when the condition is really a harmless complication of another infection, such as a common more »

Whooping cough often undiagnosed: Although most children in the Western world have been immunized against whooping cough (also called "pertussis"), this protection wears off after about 15 years. Thus, any teen or adult with more »

Chronic lung diseases hard to diagnose: Some of the chronic lung diseases are difficult to diagnose. Even the well-knowns conditions such as asthma or lung cancer often fail to be diagnosed more »

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Article Excerpts about Parainfluenza

Human parainfluenza viruses (HPIVs) are second to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) as a common cause of lower respiratory tract disease in young children. Similar to RSV, HPIVs can cause repeated infections throughout life, usually manifested by an upper respiratory tract illness (e.g., a cold and/or sore throat). (Source: excerpt from Human Parainfluenza Viruses: DVRD)

Definitions of Parainfluenza:

A species of RESPIROVIRUS also called hemadsorption virus 2 (HA2), which causes laryngotracheitis in humans, especially children. - (Source - Diseases Database)


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