Enterovirus is a respiratory virus that was discovered in California in the early 1960's. It flows through a person's intestinal tract and can negatively affect someone's breathing function. People that have unhealthy lungs have to be especially concerned about contracting this illness. Enterovirus is found in a human's nasal mucus and saliva, and can spread to other respiratory secretions. Children are particularly affected by this condition, especially if they are less than five years old. Symptoms can be persistent coughing and chest pain, difficulty breathing, runny nose, muscle weakness, and foot pain. Children with asthma are especially vulnerable and can suffer severe symptoms such as vomiting and abdominal pain. There is no standard medication to treat Enterovirus, but this virus is usually not fatal. Because there is no vaccine to eliminate this illness, preventative measures are important. The following two things can help you reduce or eliminate your risk for contracting this virus:
Practice Good Hygiene
You cannot overemphasize the importance of good hygiene in fighting this condition. This is especially important for child care providers. When possible, sanitize the toys and surfaces that children use and consistently wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Also make sure that you clean doorknobs and bathroom toilets. One of the most common ways that the Enterovirus is spread is through fecal-to-oral route and being surrounded by numerous people increases your risk. If necessary, use sanitation gloves or a mask to protect yourself and others around you. If you believe that you have Enterovirus symptoms, then the best thing you can do is stay home.
The Enterovirus is a tricky illness because many people mistakenly believe that it is the common cold or flu. This can mislead people into underestimating their symptoms or illness. This can be dangerous because in extreme cases, this can lead to a trip to an emergency room. Some children have been temporarily paralyzed because symptoms were misunderstood. A diagnosis can significantly reduce something like this from happening. A doctor can offer new medications that may help or give you some tests to determine if your condition is an illness that is more serious. If you have children, ask your doctor if a breathing device can help them. Find out how severe the symptoms are and what you can do to help. Early diagnosis can stabilize symptoms and prevent them from getting worse. A yearly medical examination is also recommended.
Prevention is the best weapon that you can use to fight the Enterovirus. Scientists are still in the early stages of researching this virus and are not sure why some people can avoid contracting it. Some medical professionals also believe that it is more contagious for some people than others. Until more research is done, doctors recommend using common sense measures to help reduce your risk. Practicing good hygiene reduces your risk of contracting the Enterovirus and other germs and bacteria. Getting diagnosed will help you get a good head start in preventing symptoms and recover from this illness quicker. If you do these two things, the Enterovirus can be prevented.
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