Cytomegalovirus infection: symptoms and treatment

Symptoms of cytomegalovirus infection

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special insidiousness of a disease such as cytomegalovirus is that almost any organ can be affected, and symptoms are very similar to a range of other diseases. For example, if the virus has struck nasopharyngeal mucosa, a runny nose appears, a sore throat, a fever increases, a person is fevered — all this in 99% of cases can be mistaken for symptoms of ARZ. If the organs of the digestive tract are affected, there will be diarrhea or constipation, which will almost certainly ascribe improper nutrition. In case of lesion of the genitourinary system, women may experience symptoms specific to a number of gynecological diseases, and in men it proceeds almost imperceptibly. Under the influence of the virus, the cells of the affected organ greatly increase and lose the ability to reproduce.

Therefore, making the right diagnosis depends largely on the qualifications and integrity of the doctor. There are special techniques that will help identify the virus. A characteristic sign of its action is unnaturally large, giant cells, easily distinguishable by examination under a microscope of samples of blood, saliva, near fetal waters, semen, etc. can be detected by PCR (polymerase chain reaction) as well as immunologically.

All women who want to get pregnant need to do a cytomegalovirus test.

This infection can cause fetal damage and even miscarriage.

Treatment of cytomegalovirus

Alas, it is impossible to completely cure cytomegalovirus infection, the result of a blood test for this disease is always will be positive. However, by increasing immunity and taking certain medications, it is possible to reduce the concentration of the virus in the body and prevent its development. Patients increase immunity and prescribe special antiviral medications. Immunostimulators (both natural and synthetic origin), as well as interferon drugs help to fight the virus.

To increase immunity it is necessary to take measures to harden the body, to lead a healthy lifestyle, to avoid overwork, stress.

If a pregnant woman is found to have cytomegalovirus, she must strictly perform all appointments of her attending doctor and take tests at least once in a two weeks. This will help minimize the risk of infecting the baby in the womb.

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