Adenovirus on the Rise in Children: Symptoms and Treatment to Know

After COVID and dengue, adenovirus is a major problem in many countries around the world. The disease has killed 11 children in West Bengal. The number of cases is increasing day by day. City health officials urged people to take appropriate precautions. and keep an eye out for symptoms to protect children and themselves from disease

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the adeno virus causes respiratory disease or conjunctivitis. This could happen any time of the year. Healthshots asked Dr. Ankita Baidya, an infectious disease consultant at HCMCT Manipal Hospital in Dwarka, Delhi, to share information about the whole disease.

Adenovirus is more common in children than adults. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

What is adenovirus?

Adenoviruses are DNA viruses that, after infection, multiply in our respiratory and gastrointestinal tract. They’re common viruses that cause cold-like symptoms that can affect people, explains Dr. Baidya. In most cases of adenovirus, people can get the flu, conjunctivitis, pneumonia and acute bronchitis. However, it may not cause serious illness according to the CDC.

Symptoms of adenovirus

Adenoviruses can cause mild to severe illness, although they can be fatal. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adenovirus infection can result in significant illness in people with pre-existing respiratory or heart disease. have a weakened immune system or both You may experience the following symptoms if you are infected with adenovirus, as experts point out:

  • cough
  • cold
  • loose movement
  • comfortable stomach
  • flatulence
  • squeamish
Recognize the symptoms of adenovirus. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

As with other viral infections, these are the most common symptoms we see with adenovirus infection, along with fever. Symptoms of the disease are more common in children than in adults.

Is adenovirus contagious?

Adenovirus is highly contagious, especially during the early days of the virus. some patients Especially those with weakened immune systems. may harbor the virus in the tonsils adenoid gland or bowel movements for several weeks or longer These individuals may not show any symptoms but can still infect others.

Read more: Watch out for 5 signs that you have a weakened immune system.

treatment of adenovirus

Dr. Baidya shared that there is no specific antiviral drug for adenovirus, which is why patients are treated symptomatically. Most adenovirus infections are small. And most of the time, rest and over-the-counter or fever remedies will help.

However, there are some precautions you can take to protect yourself from adenovirus:

  • maintain respiratory hygiene
  • Wear a mask to avoid infection.
  • wash your hands
  • eat nutritious food
  • exercise regularly
How to improve immunity to prevent adenovirus infection Image courtesy: Adobe Stock.

All these precautions will help you build stronger immunity. This will help prevent infectious diseases, so even if you are infected. It won’t be serious. but will not be severe It may also be a sub-clinical symptom with no symptoms of this virus at all. People infected with the virus should at least wear a mask to avoid spreading the virus.

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