Human Metapneumovirus – causes, side effects and treatments at NaturalPedia.com

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Human metapneumovirus is a respiratory virus that spreads through contact with an infected individual. The virus enters through the mouth, eyes, or nose. It is known as a leading cause of acute respiratory disease in children since it was discovered in 2001. Most children have been infected with the virus by age five, and smaller number of children will develop a lower respiratory tract infection such as pneumonia. Babies, particularly those between zero and five months, are particularly susceptible to the virus. Nonetheless, the virus affects adults of all ages, and is a primary cause of respiratory illness in the elderly, which causes disease in up to 10 percent of people tested. Human metapneumovirus is most common in late winter and early spring in the U.S.

Known side effects of human metapneumovirus

Most patients with human metapneumovirus usually do not have symptoms, or if there are, they are usually mild symptoms similar to a cold. The side effects of the virus include fever, runny nose, sore throat, and cough. Young children, older adults, and those with a weakened immune system may develop a more severe illness with human metapneumovirus, such as wheezing, difficulty in breathing, pneumonia, asthma flare-up, and poor feeding.

Body systems harmed by human metapneumovirus

The main body system harmed by human metapnemovirus is the respiratory system. The virus is known to cause upper and lower respiratory tract infections in patients of all ages.

List of foods or nutrients that prevent human metapneumovirus

There is no information on what specific foods or nutrients prevent human metapneumovirus. However, there are foods that are good for the respiratory system. These include water, garlic, onions, ginger, chili peppers, cruciferous vegetables, pomegranates, turmeric, apples, grapefruit, beans, seeds, and nuts, carrots, oranges, pumpkin, and red bell pepper. Control measures can also be taken to prevent the spread of human metapneumovirus. These include covering coughs and sneezes; washing the hands frequently and correctly; refraining from sharing cups and eating utensils with others; and cleaning possible contaminated surfaces, such as doorknobs and shared toys.

Treatments, management plans for human metapneumovirus

Treatment for human metapneumovirus include supportive care, which may vary depending on the severity of the illness. Generally, human metapneumovirus treatment involve fever reducers, antihistamines, breathing treatments, and other ways of providing comfort to the patient until the illness resolves.

Chest infections can also be treated with natural remedies, such as steam, eucalyptus oil, thyme juice, garlic, a combination of garlic, lemon, and honey, ginger and honey, a combination of milk, turmeric powder, black pepper powder, and honey, plantain juice, and mustard poultice.

Where to learn more

Summary

Human metapneumovirus is a respiratory virus that spreads through contact with an infected individual.

Human metapneumovirus causes fever, runny nose, sore throat, and cough.

Human metapneumovirus, in severe cases, causes wheezing, difficulty in breathing, pneumonia, asthma flare-up, and poor feeding.

Human metapneumovirus harms the respiratory system.

Human metapneumovirus can be treated with supportive care and other measures that provide comfort to the patient until the illness goes away.

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Lung.org 1

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DPH.Illinois.gov

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CDC.gov

IDPH.State.IL.us

OnlyMyHealth.com



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