Haemophilus Influenza

What Is Haemophilus Influenza?

Haemophilus Influenza, is a bacteria first described in 1892 by Richard Pfeiffer while a major influenza pandemic was occurring. Some believed this bacteria was the cause of influenza until 1933, which is the year it was firmly established that influenza is viral in nature. However, bacterial infections still go by the name of Haemophilus Influenza today, and result in many localized and invasive infections.

Symptoms of Haemophilus Influenza

There is a wide range of symptoms of Haemophilus Influenza, making the exact diagnosis challenging based on symptoms alone. There are many types of infections possible, with the symptoms differing depending on what area of the body is infected.

When pneumonia-like symptoms are experienced due to this bacteria, the following may be present:
⦁ Fevers
⦁ Chills
⦁ Cough
⦁ Difficulty breathing
⦁ Excessive sweating
⦁ Chest pain
⦁ Headaches
⦁ Muscle pain and soreness
⦁ Excessive tiredness

When this bacteria infects the bloodstream, the following may be present:
⦁ Fevers
⦁ Chills
⦁ Excessive tiredness
⦁ Stomach pain
⦁ Nausea, either with or without vomiting
⦁ Diarrhea
⦁ Anxiety
⦁ Difficulty breathing
⦁ Mental confusion

It is also important to know that pneumonia-like symptoms either may or may not be present when Haemophilus Influenza infects the bloodstream.

When this bacteria leads to meningitis-like symptoms, the following may be present:
⦁ Fever
⦁ Headaches
⦁ Stiff neck
⦁ Nausea, either with or without vomiting
⦁ Greater sensitivity to light
⦁ Mental confusion

When infants have the meningitis-like symptoms, they will become more irritable, be more inactive, and may be difficult to feed.

Treatment

If you are diagnosed as having Haemophilus Influenza, you will be prescribed antibiotics for 10 days. If the infection is more severe, hospitalization may be necessary. Besides antibiotics, treatment includes the use of breathing support, low blood pressure medication, and the caring of wounds on areas of the body where skin has been damaged. Mild Haemophilus Influenza infection can be easily treated with antibiotics.

Prevention

The best way to prevent getting infected by Haemophilus Influenza is to avoid close or prolonged contact with someone who has been infected. In some cases, if the close and prolonged contact is necessary, it is advised to take antibiotics to avoid getting infected. A vaccine has also been developed and available since the 1990s, and is recommended for children younger than five years old, as well as asplenic patients.

Cure?

The best way to cure a bacterial infection like Haemophilus Influenza is to take antibiotics for the required 10 days. As with other bacterial infections, antibiotics work very well in curing those who become infected.

How Alliance Enviro-Tech Can Help

Haemophilus Influenza is a bacteria that can lead to some very severe infections, especially in the brain, spinal cord, and bloodstream. Given how infectious this bacteria is through coughing and sneezing, you will want to take steps to protect yourself and others.

Alliance Enviro-Tech can disinfect both residential and commercial spaces thoroughly. Our Path-Guard solution and Path-Away Anti-Pathogenic Aerosol Solution can kill Haemophilus Influenza, as well as other bacteria and viruses, in under five minutes, giving you peace of mind to know your place is a healthier space. Contact us to learn more about how we can help.