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A 24-year-old member asked:

how do you get rid of a virus?

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Dr. Mort (Doc) Orman
Internal Medicine 48 years experience
Give It Time: I'm assuming you're asking about a minor viral respiratory illness, like the common cold, etc. There are many such viruses and there is nothing we can do, once you are infected, to directly attack the virus itself. There are medications to improve symptoms, like fever, aches, etc. But antibiotics have no effect (unless you also have a bacterial infection too). Body will heal by itself most times.

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Can i tell me how i can get rid of a virus?

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How can I quickly get rid of a virus or cold?

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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A 30-year-old male asked:

I live in Tulsa Oklahoma and I have heard rumors of a new virus going around that is very serious is this fact or fiction and how do I prevent it?

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Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
New virus: There is a new virus enterovirus D 68 EV-D68. Currently in the midwest. Associated with breathing difficulties requiring hospitalization, mostly in children. Children/individuals with asthma are at greater risk. Hand washing,avoiding kissing, close contact with ill individuals, requesting ill individuals/workers wear masks and stay home, seeking medical attention when ill,may limit spread.

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