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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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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 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 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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