FAQ - Bronchiolitis, Viral
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Has anyone had experience with Bronchiolitis in infants?

My 3 month old has Bronchiolitis and is on 3 different meds now. The Dr said a humidifier would help, but which kind is better: Cool Mist or Warm Steam? The Dr also said this could lead to asthma, especially since my husband had it when he was younger. Any advice?

Both of my children had bronchiolitis as infants.

My oldest is now 3 years old, but developed a chronic cough at 10 months. She was diagnosed mulitple times with bronchiolitis and given oral steroids and steroid inhalers. We eventually demanded a referral to a pediatrician who tested her for everything you can think of. Everything came back negative, thankfully. The ped kept insisting that she was not asthmatic and it was "just a virus'. At 14 months, we demanded a referal to a second pediatrician who immediately diagnosed and treated her with asthma. She was better within one month. She is now 3 and has been off of her meds for about 3 months and doing great. She still gets a bad cough when she gets a cold but seems to be through the worst of it, so far.

My youngest just turned one year and had bronciolitis in both lungs at Chrstimas time. She was hospitalized for one night and on antibiotics as well as two inhalers (flovent (a steroid inhaler) and ventolin). She took about two weeks to recover but was fine after. The doctor told us that when babies have bronchiolitis or pneumonia or other severe lung problems they can have asthma-like symptoms for a couple of years after the episode.

Asthma is hereditary. If the mother has asthma (I had severe asthma as a child/adolescent) the children have a 75% chance of developing asthma. If the father has asthma the children have a 50% chance of developing asthma.

Our ped at emerg told us to keep her room cool and prop the head of her crib up.

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What viral infections can you get in the throat?

I have a viral infection in my throught and they didn't tell me what kind. So I want to know what my possibilities are.

There are so many viruses that can cause a sore throat.  (+ info)

What is the difference between viral and bacterial diseases?

Hey I have 2 questions:
1.is a virus a bacteria(or the other way around?)?Where do bacterias fit if they're not viruses and the other way around?
2.I'd also like to know the difference between viral and bacterial DISEASES,not between viruses and bacterias.I know you can cure bacterial diseases with antibiotics and you can't viral,but I wanna know the difference between the two.

Hopefully you'll be able to help,thank you very much!

Hi there. No, a virus is not a bacteria. Viruses are their own identity. They are infectious agents and are incapable of reproducing except by 'hijacking' a cell (such as a human cell) and utilising what they need from that cell to reproduce. Nasty, hey? You're right: because viruses aren't bacteria, they can't be treated with antibiotics. The symptoms of a viral infection depend on the particular virus. The rhinovirus - common cause of the common 'cold' - is exhibited through congestion (nose), sore throat, blocked-up head, cough, and so on. However, the influenza virus - what causes the 'flu' - can present with the above symptoms but aches and pains in the joints, some of the worst exhaustion you will ever experience and, the classic symptom, a fever (lots and lots of sweating).

Bacteria are capable of reproduction without outside influence (as opposed to viruses). Bacteria are responsible for wound infections such as 'golden staph' (or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), urinary tract infections (can be caused by a range of bacteria), and pneumonia (can be caused by several bacteria, such as Streptococcus pneumoniae).

Viruses and bacteria can be rather confusing. Hope that helps somewhat. =)  (+ info)

What's the difference between viral and bacterial pneumonia?

I can't believe I'm this old and still can't seem to get this right. My mother-in-law (she's 80 and lives with us) is in the hospital with pneumonia, apparently developing it rather quickly. She has had several trips to the ER about her back (sciatica) recently, and someone said she could have gotten it there.

What I can't seem to get through my head is which one is contagious ... it's viral, right? I don't know which one she has yet (hubby finding out now), but if it's viral then my next question is going to be what should I do to protect my kids and me, who are home with her all day lol.

The most common way you catch pneumonia bacterial or viral is to breathe infected air droplets from someone who has pneumonia. Another cause is an improperly cleaned air conditioner. Yet another source of infection in your lungs is spread by an infection from somewhere else in your body, such as your kidney. Your risk of catching pneumonia is determined by the specific bacteria, virus, or fungus, the number of organisms you inhale, and your body's ability to fight infections.

Germs are spread both by aerosolized droplets that you breathe in (such as from a sneeze), and through body fluids left on surfaces like counter tops and door handles. If you avoid people who are coughing or sneezing, and wash your hands frequently, you can reduce your chances of catching a virus.

I would suggest keeping everything sprayed with a antibacterial agent of some sort, but make sure it does not hurt your mother-in-law. Cleaning everything with Pine Sol, strict hand washing, and make sure your mother in law covers her mouth when coughing or sneezing. You could also buy face masks and gloves for you and your children until she is no longer contagious. I would ask the doctor also how long your mother in law will be contagious

Hope this helps.  (+ info)

How can you tell difference between bacterial/viral sinus infection?

How can you tell the difference? Without going to your doctor, I have had a "sinus infection" or head cold for 7 days now. It is getting better though and I have not been on any antibiotics, but I am still extremely stuffed up (especially my ears) How can you tell the difference if it's bacterial or viral? Thanks.

You can't tell the difference by yourself. Well, unless you happen to have a pathology lab in your basement, then you might be able to tell.

You'd have to culture the offending microbe to figure out what you've got.  (+ info)

How can I tell if an illness is viral or bacterial?

I have a cough with a lot of phlegm and think I have a virus. I think it's a cold, but a friend tells me I should take anti-biotics as it could be a bacterial in my lungs.
Is there an easy way to differentiate between viral illnesses and bacterial illnesses?

ask your doctor
jane  (+ info)

What are some at home reliefs for a viral infection?

I have a stuffy, itchy nose, sore throat and itchy sore ears. I just feel like crap in general. I have seen my doctor and she confirmed that as always it is just a viral infection and I will just have to wait it out. This could take a week and I don't think I can stand it this long, I am pregnant so I am also suffering with morning sickness all the while careing for two young children. So any tips on what I can do for relief, especially for the itchy ears would be a big help. Thanks a lot.

i think your sol b/c your prego-what about otc ear drops?-try warming up some olive oil in the micro and drop a few drops in each ear-i do this w/ my little one when hes teething for earaches-vicks on your chest,neck and back might help-vaporizer or humidifier in your room at night-  (+ info)

How can I know when chest infection is viral or bacterial?

Please if anyone can tell me what symptoms are for viral and/or bacterial infection, sometimes doctors do not know or do not care enough and overprescribed antibiotics. Thanks for information.

There is no way to tell without laboratory tests, both have similar symptoms.  (+ info)

Is a viral culture only perform if you have a outbrake to test for hsv-2?

Or can they also use the viral culture testing just by swabbing the genital area? Does it still give an accurate result if you are positive or negative on hsv-2?

A culture would be taken by swabbing the genitals to test for HSV2 when you have an out break. It does give you an accurate result for HSV2. I was diagnosed this way. If there is no out break then you would have to have a blood test done with in 2-4 months after having sexual contact with some one who had herpes.  (+ info)

How long does it take to get over viral meningitis?

My daughter, aged 20 is still feeling ill one week after being diagnosed with viral meningitis. She is nauseous and wants to know if it is normal and how long it takes to go away. She is not eating, feels completely helpless and just wants to sleep all the time. Has anyone been through this and what advice can you give. All advice will be appreciated. Thank you.

Viral Meningitis can take month's to recover from, as sufferer's can develop a post-viral syndrome that causes severe fatigue, and associated symptoms such as headaches. It is a syndrome like chronic fatigue. The general period of disease of viral meningitis can typically last up to one week, with symptoms gradually lessening. If you believe recovery is not moving fast enough, I would check in with your doctor.  (+ info)

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