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Definition Bronchiolitis is swelling and mucus buildup in the smallest air passages in the lungs (bronchioles), usually due to a viral infection. Causes, incidence, and risk factors Bronchiolitis usually affects children under the age of 2, with a peak age of 3 - 6 months. It is a common, and sometimes severe illness. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the most common cause. Other viruses that can cause bronchiolitis include: Adenovirus Influenza Parainfluenza The virus is transmitted from person to person by direct contact with nasal fluids, or by airborne droplets. Although RSV generally causes only mild symptoms in an adult, it can cause severe illness in an infant. Bronchiolitis is seasonal and appears more often in the fall and winter months. It is a very common reason for infants to be hospitalized during winter and early spring. It is estimated that by their first year, more than half of all infants have been exposed to RSV. Risk factors include: Exposure to cigarette smoke Age younger ...
Bronchitis - chronic
Early recognition and treatment may prevent the progression of the disease in people who also stop smoking.
I was diagnosed with genital herpes about 10 years ago. I have a very mild case of it and haven't had a breakout in a few years. I also am on a daily suppressive therapy medication. My question is, because it has been a few years since I have had a breakout, do I still need to tell guys I am getting serious with about the herpes? Feeling romantic this Valentine season? Before you break out the champagne and roses to prepare for that special night, you need to do two things: protect yourself and protect your partner. We all know that latex condoms (and abstinence) are the best ways to protect you from getting an STD. So be sure to have some handy. Second, if you have herpes, you need to have that one so awkward discussion and tell your potential partner NOW – before the romance heats up. Even if you aren’t having an outbreak. Why? While, it’s true that you’re most contagious when you have active symptoms, you can STILL “shed” virus into bodily secretions even when you aren’t ...
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