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Viral respiratory infection (VRI)VViral respiratory infection (VRI)Viral respiratory infection (VRI)EnglishRespiratoryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)Trachea;LungsTrachea;LungsConditions and diseasesCaregivers Adult (19+)Cough;Fever;Runny nose;Sneezing;Sore throat;Vomiting2009-11-10T05:00:00ZLaurie Streitenberger, RN, BSc, CIC;Anne Matlow, MD, FRCPC7.0000000000000067.0000000000000874.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ConditionsHealth A-Z<p>Viral respiratory infection (VRI) is a general term for lung and airway infections. Read about different viruses that can cause VRI and treatment options.<br></p><h2>What is a viral respiratory infection (VRI)?</h2><p>Viral respiratory infections (VRIs) include colds, the flu and bronchiolitis.</p><p>Respiratory means something that affects the lungs and airways (breathing passages). VRIs may cause coughing, sneezing, runny noses, sore throats or fever. </p><p>Viral means something that is caused by a virus. Viruses that cause VRIs include respiratory syncytial viruses (RSV), influenza viruses, parainfluenza viruses, adenoviruses and rhinoviruses. Rhinoviruses are the viruses that cause the common cold.</p><p>VRIs are not caused by any of the following things, although the symptoms may be similar:</p><ul><li>bacteria, such as group A streptococcus (Strep) or pertussis </li><li>medicines </li><li>other medical conditions. </li></ul> <figure> <span class="asset-image-title">Respiratory system</span><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/Respiratory_system_MED_ILL_EN.jpg" alt="" /> </figure><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Viral respiratory infection (VRI) is a name for several types of infections of the lungs and airways. </li><li>VRIs are caused by different viruses. </li><li>VRIs spread through contact with mucus from the mouth or nose. </li><li>VRI can be a serious illness for people who are already ill or weakened in some other way. </li><li>Good hygiene practices, including handwashing, and covering the mouth and nose when coughing, can help prevent the spread of VRI.<br></li></ul><h2>Symptoms of a viral respiratory infection</h2><p>A person with a VRI may have the following symptoms:</p><ul><li><a href="https://akhpub.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=774&language=English">coughing</a></li><li>sneezing </li><li>runny nose </li><li> <a href="https://akhpub.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=748&language=English">sore throat</a></li><li> <a href="https://akhpub.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=30&language=English">fever</a><br></li><li>trouble breathing.</li></ul><p>The person may also have a <a href="/Article?contentid=29&language=English">headache</a> or sore muscles, or they may feel very tired.</p><p>In general, the symptoms start one to two days after the person catches the virus. They may last for one to 10 days, depending on which virus is causing the illness. </p><h2>Anyone can get a viral respiratory infection</h2> <p>People of all ages and backgrounds can get a VRI. Babies and toddlers tend to get RSV more often. This can cause a condition called bronchiolitis. </p> <h2>A viral respiratory infection can be a serious illness for some people</h2> <p>For most people, a VRI is not a serious illness. People who get a VRI almost always get completely well. They do not have any long-term problems. </p> <p>For some people, though, a VRI can be a serious illness. People who are more at risk from a VRI include the following:</p> <ul> <li>babies </li> <li>young children </li> <li>people with an immune system problem </li> <li>people who cannot care for themselves well, such as the disabled or elderly </li> </ul> <p>These people may develop more serious complications, like pneumonia. They may get more severe symptoms than healthy people. People with severe symptoms may need to stay in the hospital for treatment to help with their breathing. </p><h2>Treating a viral respiratory infection</h2><p>To treat a VRI in children and adults:</p><ul><li>make sure the person gets plenty of rest<br></li><li>give the person lots of clear fluids to drink, such as water and apple juice. This will help make sure they do not get <a href="https://akhpub.aboutkidshealth.ca/article?contentid=776&language=English">dehydrated</a>. In the hospital, a person can be given fluids directly into the blood through an intravenous line (IV) if necessary. </li></ul><p>A doctor may prescribe medicine to help the infected person breathe more easily. The doctor will probably not prescribe antibiotics. Because VRIs are caused by viruses, antibiotics usually will not help. </p><h2>If your child has a viral respiratory infection in the hospital</h2><p>Your child may be placed in a single room and will not be able to visit the playroom until they are feeling better. Ask the Child Life Specialist to bring toys and supplies to your room.</p><p>Hospital staff will be wearing a mask, eye protection, gloves and gowns when they visit. Always wash your hands before and after touching your child and before leaving your child's room. Hospital staff should wash their hands as well. </p><p>If you or anyone else who has visited becomes ill with symptoms of a viral respiratory infection, let your child's doctor or nurse know.</p>
Infections respiratoires virales (IRV)IInfections respiratoires virales (IRV)Viral respiratory infection (VRI)FrenchRespiratoryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)Trachea;LungsTrachea;LungsConditions and diseasesCaregivers Adult (19+)Cough;Fever;Runny nose;Sneezing;Sore throat;Vomiting2009-11-10T05:00:00ZLaurie Streitenberger, RN, BSc, CIC;Anne Matlow, MD, FRCPC7.0000000000000067.0000000000000874.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ConditionsHealth A-Z<p>Infection respiratoire virale (IRV) est un nom que portent plusieurs types d'infections des poumons et des voies respiratoires.<br></p><h2>Qu'est-ce qu'une infection respiratoire virale (IRV)?</h2><p>Les infections respiratoires virales (IRV) comprennent le rhume, la grippe et la bronchiolite.<br></p><p>Le terme « respiratoire » désigne ce qui touche les poumons et les voies respiratoires (voies de passage de l'air pour respirer). Les IRV peuvent causer de la toux, des éternuements, des écoulements nasaux, des maux de gorge ou de la fièvre. </p><p>Le terme « virale » signifie « causé par un virus ». Les virus qui causent l'IRV incluent le virus respiratoire syncytial (VRS), les virus influenza (la grippe), les virus parainfluenza, les adénovirus et les rhinovirus. Les rhinovirus sont ceux qui causent le rhume. </p><p>Les IRV ne sont causés aucune des choses suivantes, même si les symptômes sont semblables :</p><ul><li>bactéries, comme le streptocoque du groupe A ou la coqueluche; </li><li>médicaments;</li><li>autres troubles médicaux. </li></ul> <figure> <span class="asset-image-title">Système respiratoire </span> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/Respiratory_system_MED_ILL_FR.jpg" alt="" /> </figure><h2>À retenir</h2> <ul> <li>Infection respiratoire virale (IRV) est un nom que portent plusieurs types d'infections des poumons et des voies respiratoires. </li> <li>Les IRV sont causées par divers virus. </li> <li>Les IRV se propagent par un contact avec le mucus du nez ou de la bouche. </li> <li>Les IRV peuvent être une maladie grave pour les personnes qui sont déjà malades ou affaiblies d'une autre manière. </li> <li>De bonnes pratiques d'hygiène, y compris le lavage des mains et se couvrir la bouche et le nez quand on tousse, peuvent prévenir la propagation des IRV.<br></li></ul><h2>Symptômes d'une IRV</h2> <p>Une personne atteinte d'une IRV peut avoir les symptômes suivants : </p> <ul> <li>toux; </li> <li>éternuements; </li> <li>écoulements nasaux;</li> <li>maux de gorge;</li> <li>fièvre;</li> <li>difficulté à respirer.</li></ul> <p>La personne peut aussi avoir mal à la tête ou aux muscles, ou être très fatiguée. </p> <p>En général, les symptômes commencent 1 journée ou 2 après que la personne a contracté le virus, et ils peuvent durer 1 à 10 jours, selon le virus. </p><h2>Tout le monde peut attraper une IRV</h2> <p>Les personnes de tous âges et origines peuvent contracter une IRV. Les bébés et les tout-petits ont tendance à contracter le VRS plus souvent, ce qui cause une maladie appelée bronchiolite. </p> <h2>Une IRV peut être une maladie grave pour certaines personnes </h2> <p>Pour la plupart des gens, une IRV n'est pas une maladie grave. Les personnes qui contractent une IRV guérissent pour la plupart presque toujours entièrement et n'ont pas de problèmes à long terme. </p> <p>En revanche, pour certaines personnes, une IRV peut être une maladie grave. Les personnes qui sont le plus à risque sont : </p> <ul> <li>les bébés; </li> <li>les jeunes enfants;</li> <li>les personnes avec un système immunitaire affaibli;</li> <li>les personnes qui ne peuvent prendre soin d'elles-mêmes, comme les personnes handicapées ou les personnes âgées. </li></ul> <p>Ces personnes peuvent développer de graves complications, comme la pneumonie. Elles peuvent développer des symptômes plus graves que les personnes en santé, et devoir demeurer à l'hôpital pour recevoir des traitements qui les aideront à respirer. </p><h2>Traiter une IRV</h2> <p>Pour traiter une IRV chez les enfants et les adultes, il faut faire ce qui suit.</p> <ul> <li>Assurez-vous que la personne se repose suffisamment. </li> <li>Donnez-lui beaucoup de liquides clairs, comme de l'eau et du jus de pomme. Cela l'aidera à ne pas se déshydratée. Le terme « déshydratée » signifie que la personne n'a pas assez de liquide dans le corps. À l'hôpital, une personne peut recevoir des liquides directement dans les veines au moyen d'un cathéter intraveineux (IV) au besoin.</li></ul> <p>Un médecin peut prescrire des médicaments pour aider la personne infectée à respirer plus confortablement. Il ne prescrira probablement pas d'antibiotiques, étant donné que les IRV sont causées par des virus. Les antibiotiques n'aideront pas. </p> <h2>Si votre enfant a une IRV à l'hôpital</h2> <p>Votre enfant sera placé dans une chambre privée et ne sera pas en mesure de visiter la salle de jeu avant qu'il ne se sente mieux. Demandez à l'éducateur en milieu pédiatrique d'apporter des jouets et des jeux dans la chambre de votre enfant. </p> <p>Le personnel de l'hôpital portera un masque, des lunettes, des gants et des blouses quand il visitera votre enfant. Lavez-vous les mains souvent, avant de toucher votre enfant et après avoir quitté sa chambre. Exigez du personnel de l'hôpital qu'il se lave les mains aussi. </p> <p>Si vous-même ou une autre personne qui a visité votre enfant développez une IRV, dites-le au médecin ou à l'infirmier de votre enfant. </p>

 

 

Viral respiratory infection (VRI)783.000000000000Viral respiratory infection (VRI)Viral respiratory infection (VRI)VEnglishRespiratoryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)Trachea;LungsTrachea;LungsConditions and diseasesCaregivers Adult (19+)Cough;Fever;Runny nose;Sneezing;Sore throat;Vomiting2009-11-10T05:00:00ZLaurie Streitenberger, RN, BSc, CIC;Anne Matlow, MD, FRCPC7.0000000000000067.0000000000000874.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ConditionsHealth A-Z<p>Viral respiratory infection (VRI) is a general term for lung and airway infections. Read about different viruses that can cause VRI and treatment options.<br></p><h2>What is a viral respiratory infection (VRI)?</h2><p>Viral respiratory infections (VRIs) include colds, the flu and bronchiolitis.</p><p>Respiratory means something that affects the lungs and airways (breathing passages). VRIs may cause coughing, sneezing, runny noses, sore throats or fever. </p><p>Viral means something that is caused by a virus. Viruses that cause VRIs include respiratory syncytial viruses (RSV), influenza viruses, parainfluenza viruses, adenoviruses and rhinoviruses. Rhinoviruses are the viruses that cause the common cold.</p><p>VRIs are not caused by any of the following things, although the symptoms may be similar:</p><ul><li>bacteria, such as group A streptococcus (Strep) or pertussis </li><li>medicines </li><li>other medical conditions. </li></ul> <figure> <span class="asset-image-title">Respiratory system</span><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/Respiratory_system_MED_ILL_EN.jpg" alt="" /> </figure><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Viral respiratory infection (VRI) is a name for several types of infections of the lungs and airways. </li><li>VRIs are caused by different viruses. </li><li>VRIs spread through contact with mucus from the mouth or nose. </li><li>VRI can be a serious illness for people who are already ill or weakened in some other way. </li><li>Good hygiene practices, including handwashing, and covering the mouth and nose when coughing, can help prevent the spread of VRI.<br></li></ul><h2>Symptoms of a viral respiratory infection</h2><p>A person with a VRI may have the following symptoms:</p><ul><li><a href="https://akhpub.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=774&language=English">coughing</a></li><li>sneezing </li><li>runny nose </li><li> <a href="https://akhpub.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=748&language=English">sore throat</a></li><li> <a href="https://akhpub.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=30&language=English">fever</a><br></li><li>trouble breathing.</li></ul><p>The person may also have a <a href="/Article?contentid=29&language=English">headache</a> or sore muscles, or they may feel very tired.</p><p>In general, the symptoms start one to two days after the person catches the virus. They may last for one to 10 days, depending on which virus is causing the illness. </p><h2>Anyone can get a viral respiratory infection</h2> <p>People of all ages and backgrounds can get a VRI. Babies and toddlers tend to get RSV more often. This can cause a condition called bronchiolitis. </p> <h2>A viral respiratory infection can be a serious illness for some people</h2> <p>For most people, a VRI is not a serious illness. People who get a VRI almost always get completely well. They do not have any long-term problems. </p> <p>For some people, though, a VRI can be a serious illness. People who are more at risk from a VRI include the following:</p> <ul> <li>babies </li> <li>young children </li> <li>people with an immune system problem </li> <li>people who cannot care for themselves well, such as the disabled or elderly </li> </ul> <p>These people may develop more serious complications, like pneumonia. They may get more severe symptoms than healthy people. People with severe symptoms may need to stay in the hospital for treatment to help with their breathing. </p><h2>How a viral respiratory infection is spread</h2> <p>VRIs are spread by touching:</p> <ul> <li>mucus from the nose or mouth of a person who has the virus</li> <li>soiled tissues or surfaces a person with the virus has touched </li> <li>the unwashed hands of a person with the virus.<br></li> </ul><h2>Treating a viral respiratory infection</h2><p>To treat a VRI in children and adults:</p><ul><li>make sure the person gets plenty of rest<br></li><li>give the person lots of clear fluids to drink, such as water and apple juice. This will help make sure they do not get <a href="https://akhpub.aboutkidshealth.ca/article?contentid=776&language=English">dehydrated</a>. In the hospital, a person can be given fluids directly into the blood through an intravenous line (IV) if necessary. </li></ul><p>A doctor may prescribe medicine to help the infected person breathe more easily. The doctor will probably not prescribe antibiotics. Because VRIs are caused by viruses, antibiotics usually will not help. </p><h2>If your child has a viral respiratory infection in the hospital</h2><p>Your child may be placed in a single room and will not be able to visit the playroom until they are feeling better. Ask the Child Life Specialist to bring toys and supplies to your room.</p><p>Hospital staff will be wearing a mask, eye protection, gloves and gowns when they visit. Always wash your hands before and after touching your child and before leaving your child's room. Hospital staff should wash their hands as well. </p><p>If you or anyone else who has visited becomes ill with symptoms of a viral respiratory infection, let your child's doctor or nurse know.</p><h2>Viral respiratory infections can be prevented with good hygiene and sometimes shots</h2> <p>Good handwashing can help people from catching or spreading a VRI. This is very important in hospitals, but it is true in other places as well. </p> <p>To avoid spreading a VRI, you should also do the following things:</p> <ul> <li>Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw away the tissue. Then wash your hands. </li> <li>Do not visit the hospital when you are ill with symptoms of a VRI. Ask other family members and friends to do the same. </li> </ul> <h3>RSV shots</h3> <p>Some premature or sick babies are at high risk from <a href="https://akhpub.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=764&language=English">RSV</a>. They can take a medicine that can help make the symptoms of RSV infection shorter and less severe. </p> <h3>Flu shots</h3> <p>Every autumn, the flu shot is offered as a way to prevent <a href="https://akhpub.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=763&language=English">influenza (flu)</a> infection. Getting a flu shot is easy. It should help make sure you and your child do not catch the flu that year. Ask your doctor if your child can have the flu shot. </p> <p>The flu shot can prevent flu, but not infections from other respiratory viruses.<br></p> https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/viral_respiratory_infection.jpgViral respiratory infection (VRI)

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