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Adenovirus

by The Kid's Doctor Staff

One of the most common viruses that affects children is adenovirus. It infects the mucus membranes and can cause illness in the respiratory tract. “Adenovirus accounts for about 10-percent of respiratory infections, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but is a huge amount,” says pediatrician Dr. Sue Hubbard.

Adenovirus can cause conjunctivitis (pink eye), sore throat, cough, GI problems like diarrhea, vomiting, cramping and even blood in the urine. However, Dr. Hubbard cautions that the symptoms vary from person to person.

Dr. Hubbard warns that like most viruses, adenovirus is very contagious and is normally spread via coughing, sneezing and hand-to-hand contact. She says you can prevent adenovirus from spreading by practicing good hand hygiene and spending time outside.

The virus can linger from 10 to 14 days. Dr. Hubbard says the best way to treat it is with rest, eye drops (if the eyes are impacted), bland foods and cool items for the throat like popsicles.

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