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Glossary for Respiratory syncytial virus

  • Asthma: Repeated attacks of breathing difficulty.
  • Bronchiolitis: Inflammation of the bronchioles.
  • Bronchitis: Bronchitis is an inflammation of the air passages within the lungs. It occurs when the trachea and the large and small bronchi within the lungs become inflamed
  • Cold-like symptoms: Symptoms similar to the common cold.
  • Common cold: A cold is a relatively minor contagious infection of the nose and throat that can be caused by a number of different viruses (e.g. rhinoviruses, coronaviruses). There are over 200 different viruses that have the potential to cause the common cold. Although colds can cause discomfort they are not considered a serious condition.
  • Conditions involving a pathogen: Medical conditions involving some type of pathogen, such as a virus or bacteria.
  • Cough: The noise produced from the sudden expulsion of air from the lungs
  • Fever: Elevation of the body temperature above the normal 37 degrees celsius
  • Flu: Very common viral respiratory infection.
  • Flu-like conditions: Medical conditions similar to flu, or exhibition flu-like symptoms.
  • Laryngomalacia: A defect where the larynx is abnormally soft which affects voice quality and can cause breathing problems. The larynx is so soft that when inhalation occurs, the larynx collapses and obstructs the breathing passage.
  • Lung conditions: Various conditions affecting the lungs or related airways.
  • Nosocomial infections: Any infection that originates in a hospital
  • Pharyngitis: Inflammation or infection of the larynx in the throat
  • Pneumonia: Infection of the lung by bacteria, viruses or fungus.
  • Respiratory conditions: Any condition that affects the respiratory system
  • Respiratory infections: Any infection that occurs to the respiratory system
  • Runny nose: Rhinitis is the medical term describing irritation and inflammation of some internal areas of the nose
  • SARS: Serious respiratory infection
  • Viral diseases: Any disease that is caused by a virus
  • Wheezing: A whistling like continuous sound that is caused by the respiratory system
  • Whooping Cough: An infectious condition caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis


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