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Enterovirus Signs and Symptoms

Apr 01, 2015 09:56 AM EDT


The Enterovirus is a type of virus that can make you feel like you are having a cold. If it is severe, it would make you wheeze or even have trouble breathing. If you have asthma, breathing could become hard. Along with wheezing and having trouble breathing, it can cause all sorts of respiratory problems.

In mild cases of Enterovirus, a person may not need to go to the hospital. It lasts around 8 days and that's it. But if it is severe, then the person may have to go to the hospital to get proper medical attention.

Teens, babies and children are most vulnerable to enterovirus because they have weak immune systems. There is also a risk of having severe complications.

Enterovirus was first identified during 1962. But it wasn't taken seriously because there were very few people who were affected by it. But all of that changed in 2014 when it was reported as a national outbreak by the CDC.

Here are some of the signs and symptoms of the Enterovirus:

Signs and Symptoms

  • You might start having a fever, sneezing, coughing and a runny nose. Also, you might start feeling achy.
  • In children, if they have asthma, the virus can cause other respiratory problems in them. Wheezing and having trouble breathing is one of those things that could happen to children with asthma.
  • You will experience sudden weight loss because of stomach issues which results in a decreased caloric intake. Or you might experience weight gain because of inactivity.
  • Upper and lower gastrointestinal issues such as nausea, indigestion, reflux, abdominal bloating, cramps, constipation, etc.

Please remember, there are more than 100 other types of enteroviruses. The signs and symptoms mentioned above might not be applicable to some of those types of enteroviruses. Hence it is best to consult a doctor or get medical attention because making any conclusions on your own. 

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