Adenovirus shares symptoms with many common ailments which makes spotting its signs in advance a bit difficult. The Adenovirus is quite common and attaches itself to the lungs, airways, eye lining, urinary tract, intestines, and the nervous system. Because the virus is so common and can attack so many parts of the body, it is important to watch out for signs of adenovirus early.
Children are the most vulnerable group and tend to contract adenovirus more often than adults. This is due in part to the communal settings in daycares and educational facilities. Adenovirus spreads from person to person by direct contact. This contact can be with the skin or with a surface that an infected person has come in contact with. The virus is not visible, but it can persist on surfaces. Though difficult, there are signs of the adenovirus that you can keep an eye out for in order to seek treatment in a timely manner.
1. Cough &Trouble Breathing
Adenovirus can also be identified by a persistent and nagging cough. This can be a dry cough that doesn’t produce mucus, or it may be a hacking cough that leaves a person breathless. The adenovirus infection will attack the lungs and other mucous membranes which can result in irritation and congestion.
As the infection progresses, a person may develop a cough as their body attempts to clear the breathing passages that have become congested. Over the counter medications can help ease the symptoms of a cough. Another symptom often paired with a nagging cough is difficulty breathing. As the passages become congested and inflamed, it can be hard to inhale or exhale enough air.
This shortness of breath can lead to fatigue, dizziness, and even irritation. In serious cases, a person suffering from adenovirus may need to take a nebulizer treatment to help restore their ability to breathe deeply.