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The long-term effects of Reye’s Syndrome

reyeAspirin is known as a good pain reliever (analgesic), anti-inflammatory and fever (antipyretics). Aspirin is not recommended for children for causing Reye’s syndrome. The doctors now do not prescribe aspirin to reduce fever in children. FDA some time ago recommended that aspirin, as well as various products containing aspirin (acetylsalicylic, acetilsalicylic, salicylic acid) to not be given to children aged less than 19 years. In order to relieve pain and reduce fever in children, paracetamol (acetaminophen) is recommended because of its low side effects and it’s affordable. Few years ago, aspirin was widely used and considered as powerful enough drug, but then a lot of incident of Reye’s syndrome occured due to aspirin.

The syndrome is caused by aspirin and a variety of viruses, such as influenza virus, measles virus, and viruses that cause diarrhea. Some organs that are attacked by viruses are the liver and the brain with symptoms of high fever, convulsions, unconsciousness, and diarrhea. If anyone has a fever, seizures, or diarrhea for more than two days, you should consult a health care center to ascertain whether Reye’s syndrome or just a common cold. It can be known through blood tests and liver biopsy. Every year, there are cases of Reye’s syndrome however this syndrome can be cured if the treatment is done quickly and effectively. You and everyone should know that not every smallpox or influenza causes Reye’s syndrome.

This syndrome is often misdiagnosed as encephalitis, meningitis, diabetes, drug overdose, poisoning, sudden death syndrome, or psychiatric disease (mental illness). Healing of Reye’s syndrome is directly linked to the severity of brain swelling. Some people recover completely, while others may sustain varying degrees of brain damage. This is the reason why these diseases should be avoided as much as possible because it’s long-term effects are terrible.

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