Recently we are faced with a new medical diagnosis, where no certainty and evidence is given causing total insecurity in the treatment and in the conclusion of the consultation. Known as any virus, feverish condition accompanied by diarrhea and vomiting for no apparent reason, this is the diagnosis given by thousands of doctors without even having an exam.
In some cases the diagnosis is made only by listening to the symptoms reported by the patient. You leave the office with a prescription with some drugs to be given, but the big question remains. After all, what is a virus?
Virosis is caused by the existence of an undetermined virus that can lodge in the respiratory or intestinal tract. They are usually benign and disappear over the days. They vary from 7 to 10 days for all symptoms to disappear completely.
They can be seen through laboratory tests, which are usually not requested due to the delay in the result that usually occurs when the symptoms have ceased. Therefore, treatment is indicated as soon as the symptoms begin, and the guardians are asked to return the child if they do not disappear after 10 days.
These viruses normally circulate in places with low temperatures and with large numbers of people where air circulation is reduced. Air-conditioned rooms are also environments of great virus proliferation, since a simple sneeze can transmit and circulate the virus through the air of the entire environment.
Bearing in mind that there is a wide variety of viruses and not all types are housed in the same location on the body and much less cause the same symptoms. Therefore, in some cases feverish conditions occur with runny nose and in other cases, diarrhea accompanied by fever or even if all symptoms appear at once. If not treated as recommended, the virus can come to worsen mainly those that affect the respiratory tract. It evolves to more complicated diseases such as viral meningitis and pneumonia.
Types of Virosis and How to Avoid Them?
Viruses can be contracted in several ways: by drinking contaminated water, by food and by air. By characteristic, the greatest contamination is in the coldest periods. However, viruses also occur in the summer, mainly through the consumption of contaminated food and drinks.
There is an extensive list of viruses responsible for viruses in warmer times. Rotaviruses, enteroviruses and noroviruses are the main ones that affect the life of the general population, especially children who have lower immunity. Its main focus is the gastrointestinal tract, which directly attack the stomach and cause severe vomiting and diarrhea.
In colder periods, the most recurrent viruses are the coronavirus, adenovirus and the famous influenza virus . They directly affect the airways and lungs, giving symptoms such as sore throat, ear, runny nose and cough .
The consumption of improper water is one of the means of contamination
There are some fundamental precautions to reduce the chances of contamination with these viruses:
- Wash vegetables and fruits thoroughly before consumption
- Drink only filtered, mineral or trusted water
- Avoid places with a lot of people
- Avoid air-conditioned locations
- Drink plenty of fluids while keeping your body well hydrated
In the case of younger babies, feeding through breast milk is essential to prevent and receive antibodies, strengthening the immune system to prevent infection. The house must always be ventilated and the ventilation of the rooms maintained.
Another very important recommendation is not to go to emergency rooms unnecessarily, or rather, just look for an emergency room when it is really necessary. Inside the hospitals there is a large amount of virus circulating in the air and, what might not have been so serious before, ends up infecting the child who already has low immunity due to a cold or something else.
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.