Human Parainfluenza Viruses

Also known as: HPIV, parainfluenza.

Human Parainfluenza Viruses

Human parainfluenza viruses are viruses that cause illnesses similar to the common cold in most cases, though they are different kinds of viruses. In people with weakened immune systems, however, the illnesses can be life-threatening.

What causes human parainfluenza viruses? 

The human parainfluenza viruses are the direct cause of the illness. They can be transmitted to other people through close contact with an infected person or through contact with a contaminated surface.

What are the symptoms of human parainfluenza viruses? 

Human parainfluenza viruses can cause runny nose, cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, wheezing, chest pain and other symptoms.

What are human parainfluenza viruses care options?

Mild cases of human parainfluenza viruses can be treated with rest, fluids and over-the-counter medications. People with more serious cases of human parainfluenza viruses should see a doctor for treatment

Reviewed by: Carolina Sanchez-Vegas, MD

This page was last updated on: 7/26/2018 11:03:12 AM

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