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Doctor insights on: Congenital Viral Infection

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How long do viral infections last?

How long do viral infections last?

Depends: The incubation, illness duration & effects of a given virus depends to a great extent on the virus and the pre-illness health of the patient. Some people can shake off a stomach bug in 24hrs or sooner if they have partial immunity from a past illness. Some cases of eb virus can remain ill for 6 wks. The HIV virus has you for your lifetime. ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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I've been absent for work because if systemic viral infection. Is my absence justifiable because of my diagnosis?How to explain it to my employer?

I've been absent for work because if systemic viral infection. Is my absence justifiable because of my diagnosis?How to explain it to my employer?

Yes...: First of all if you don't rest during your illness you might get worse and as a consequence miss more days at work than you would if you rested in the beginning of the illness. Other reason not to go to work is to avoid giving the virus to other people there as well. Hope they understand and that you get better soon. Rest and drink plenty of fluids in order to recover quickly. ...Read more

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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic or a urine test
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food: caffeine, citrus, alcohol, spicy
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Take an over-the-counter analgesic for pain and to soothe bladder
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Why do I get frequent viral infections ?, blood test and urine test came back good. I get 1-2 colds a month and had gastroenteritis in march

Why do I get frequent viral infections ?, blood test and urine test came back good. I get 1-2 colds a month and had gastroenteritis in march

Infectious Dis. eval: Although your life style may be related to your frequent colds, for example, being with young children who are sick or being a teacher and being exposed to children who should have remained at home because they have colds, I would advise an infectious disease specialist. The latter can give you a much more extensive evaluation of your immune status profile. Blood test not enough. ...Read more

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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call dr if you have fever or back pain. Kidney infections are serious
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well-hydrated and help flush infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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I have round welts all over my stomach and chest area. The doctor I went to see did not run any tests, just said I had a viral infection. I am continuing to get more round welts and they are spreading to my legs. Should I get a second opinion or go to the

I have round welts all over my stomach and chest area. The doctor I went to see did not run any tests, just said I had a viral infection. I am continuing to get more round welts and they are spreading to my legs. Should I get a second opinion or go to the

Yes!: An expanding rash such as the one you describe suggests an ongoing problem that requires the expertise of a dermatologist or internist. Allergic reactions are a possibility here as well as a viral "exanthem." since repeated allergic reactions can be increasingly serious, i suggest a visit to a health care provider..Pronto! ...Read more

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Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Viral Infections (Definition)

Viral infections are common causes of illness. Severity of viral infections can range from minor colds ...Read more