Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a virus that can lead to infections of the lungs and respiratory tract. It is a widespread virus that most children contract by age 2, and it can also infect adults. For healthy older children and adults, RSV symptoms are generally mild and resemble those of a common cold. In such cases, self-care remedies are typically enough to alleviate any discomfort. However, RSV can cause severe illness in certain individuals, such as infants, older adults, people with lung or heart disease, or anyone with a weakened immune system.
Category: Infectious Diseases
Commonly called the flu, influenza is a viral infection affecting the respiratory system. Four types of influenza viruses have been described in the literature (types A, B, C, and D). The flu season (known as seasonal epidemics) is caused by types A and B. In most cases, the flu usually disappears after a few days of illness, but in other cases, major complications or even death may occur. According to the WHO reports, 1 billion annual influenza cases occur, of which 3-5 million represent severe cases and 290 000 -to-600 000 deaths.
Toxoplasmosis is an infectious illness that is brought about by a parasite known as Toxoplasma gondii. Humans can become infected with this parasite by consuming food or water that has been contaminated, or through exposure to the feces of infected cats. As a very prevalent illness, it is assumed that toxoplasmosis affects about 25% of the world's population. The following is highly dependent upon various regions of the world. The majority of infections do not require treatment, but in some cases, as we'll see below, treatment is required.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) represent an infection located within any area of the urinary system (bladder, kidney, urethra, and ureters). UTIs present as the most common outpatient infection, with a larger prevalence in adult women (approximately 60% of women).
Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus from the family of coronaviruses, which is characterized by its ability to frequently mutate and infect new species. In humans, previously known coronaviruses also caused respiratory symptoms.
An elevated body temperature is one of the most common symptoms that causes us to feel anxious. We might be even more stressed if our child is feverish. Is every fever dangerous? Find out how to properly measure the temperature and when to administer antipyretics (substances which reduce fever) and at what dosage.
Tonsillitis is usually associated with relatively harmless childhood disease. However, it can also occur in adults and should not be underestimated, because complications as a result of it are sometimes very dangerous. So, it's worth knowing how to recognize tonsillitis, what to treat it with and when to go to the doctor.
Influenza is an acute viral disease that kills thousands of people every year. We often struggle to distinguish it from the common cold or a bacterial infection. What are the symptoms of influenza, how can we treat it and what should you do in order not to get sick in the future?
Do you feel bad? Do you have a cough? Does your throat hurt? You’re probably suffering from a cold. What is it caused by? How can we distinguish a cold from the flu and when should you go to the doctor?