As more states report clusters of severe cold-like illnesses, some of which have been linked to EV-D68, it seems apparent that cases and locations of the illness will keep mounting.
There is no vaccination or antibiotic to treat a virus, and just because you have a cough, nasal congestion, or signs of an upper respiratory illness, it does not mean that you have the EV-D68. Don’t get in a panic, even if you do.
Treatment plans if you get cold-like symptoms : see your doctor/ER if you feel short of breath or have severe symptoms. Avoid close contact and wash your hands frequently. Take in plenty of liquids. Tylenol and ibuprofen for fevers and aches.
Doctors will basically assess you in the Emergency Department for possible other diseases such as pneumonia, bronchitis, or worsening asthma. Bacteria are treatable, but most viral infections require only supportive care. Doctors will assure your hydration status, administer nebulizers for bronchospasm, and use imaging such as a chest xray to look for pneumonia.
Severe symptoms such as dehydration and persistent vomiting, low oxygen saturation in your blood stream requiring oxygen, or another severe diagnosis may necessitate admission to a hospital.
As many children have never had exposure to this infection, immunity will be low, hence, more severe presentations.
Don’t forget to get your Flu vaccine this year!
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