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What is the definition or description of: Congenital viral infection?

What is the definition or description of: Congenital viral infection?

An active viral: Infection that is present at birth. Usually the virus is acquired from a maternal infection that crosses the placenta. Examples include but are not limited to Rubella, hepatitis, HVI, cytomegalovirus, varicella, enteroviruses and many others. Some affect the infant while others do not. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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Do children with Chronic benign neutrophenia also have problem fighting viral infections or have problem only fighting bacterial infections?

Do children with Chronic benign neutrophenia also have problem fighting viral infections or have problem only fighting bacterial infections?

Bacterial only: Unless there is an additional immune disorder affecting lymphocytes, one would expect a person with chronic benign neutropenia to have more problems with recurrent bacterial infections and be able to respond normally to viral infections. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have a viral infection or something worse?

How can I know if I have a viral infection or something worse?

Best to know: Some infections have no symptoms. If you are concerned about a specific exposure, see your doc and get tested. For many infections there are specific symptoms: fever, sweats, chills, weight loss, cough, chest pain, vomiting, diarrhea, urinary discomfort/back pain, discharge, skin lesions w/pus. For these you need to see a doc for treatment. For hiv, hepatitis, hpv specific tests need to be done. ...Read more

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I'm curious if influenza is a viral infection, how come it goes away?

I'm curious if influenza is a viral infection, how come it goes away?

No: Exercises won't focus the area in which you lose weight, but will firm and tone muscles in a specific area. ...Read more

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How do I treat a wet cough after a viral infection.

How do I treat a wet cough after a viral infection.

Time and rest: You have a upper viral infection causing a wet cough. You body is responding to the infection by producing mucus. Rest and time are still the best medicine. Make sure you don't have a secondary bacterial infection on top of the viral infection. Fevers should be gone and energy level normal. Make sure not allergies. ...Read more

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What would I take for upper respiratory viral infection?

What would I take for upper respiratory viral infection?

You may use any: Analgesics such as paracetamol or ibuprofen provided you drink plenty of liquids. You can take antihistamines at night to help dry up secretions (like nasal) and cough suppressants to help with cough. You can use nasal sprays for congestion, and most of all you should use garlic to help prevent these viral infections in the future. ...Read more

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Hello docs. I was wondering can viral infection cause waist pain?

Hello docs. I was wondering can viral infection cause waist pain?

??: Do you mean wrist pain or abdominal pain? There is no such term as waist pain. Viruses will not cause isolated wrist pain but they can cause abdominal pain. ...Read more

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Do viral infections show up on a full blood count, I got told they never?

Do viral infections show up on a full blood count, I got told they never?

See below: Depending on the infecting virus patients with viral infections sometimes have a decreased white cell count and platelet count. Sometimes there are an excess of lymphocytes on the WBC differential and sometimes the lymphocytes are atypical. Often the complete blood count is normal. ...Read more

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I have many symptoms of viral infection, (off & on) for over 2 weeks; no appreciable fever.?

I have many symptoms of viral infection, (off & on) for over 2 weeks; no appreciable fever.?

Needs evaluation: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful response without additional history, physical examination and may be lab tests. If the symptoms have lasted two week, it is time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr diagnosed me wednesday with viral infection and told me to take OTC meds but I've got worse and now have cough, any suggestions?

Dr diagnosed me wednesday with viral infection and told me to take OTC meds but I've got worse and now have cough, any suggestions?

Give it time: It may all be part of the same viral infection, taking Guaifenesin with plenty of water may help. If you are coughing up yellow mucus, develop a fever or shortness of breath then return to your doctor the virus infection may now be complicated by a bacterial infection. ...Read more

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I have a fever (viral infection) can I do moderate workouts (with few high intensity exercises) will it help or worsen my health and recovery?

Fever.: I know that you may get varied responses on this. However, I would suggest that if you actually have a fever that you rest & hydrate well. If you had a common cold with just sniffles - I would say go for it as long as you didn't push it too hard. By the way for your dry throat you can gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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I slept for 16 hours last night. Been sleeping a lot. Had a viral infection that was pretty bad! Am I still recuperating that I'm sleeping so much?

I slept for 16 hours last night. Been sleeping a lot. Had a viral infection that was pretty bad! Am I still recuperating that I'm sleeping so much?

Maybe: Certainly, different viruses can cause lethargy, that may last for several days, . Viruses such as "mono" may cause lethargy for weeks. Time should get you back to normal, and if not, seek a medical evaluation. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My 8 month old kid has this viral infection and I don't know what causes it. It's growing almost all over his body it looks like a small red dot.?

See a pediatrician: Without seeing the eruption it is impossible to diagnose. Has the baby had all their immunizations, are they feverish, do they have other symptoms. 8 month olds are very fragile, and if there is any question about their health or welfare they should be seen by a pediatrician. ...Read more

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I had a viral infection last week still have it a bit, I'm finding I'm extremely tired and hoping it's just getting over the virus, is this normal?

I had a viral infection last week still have it a bit, I'm finding I'm extremely tired and hoping it's just getting over the virus, is this normal?

Yes: Viruses can last up to three weeks. So, if you are still tired after being infected last week and the rest of your symptoms are gone, the fatigue may still be related to the virus. ...Read more

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I have become prone to fungal & viral infection. Can you suggest which type of immunity test should be done to check immunity strength like igg1, etc.

I have become prone to fungal & viral infection. Can you suggest which type of immunity test should be done to check immunity strength like igg1, etc.

See Immunologist: As a generality, T-cell dysfunction (and not B-cell or lack of antibody production) could potentially lead to susceptibility for viral and fungal infections. One might start by checking lymphocyte subpopulations and T-cell function as an initial work-up. ...Read more

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How can I cure my viral infection sickness?

How can I cure my viral infection sickness?

It depends: If depends what kind of viral infection you are talking about. Many viruses will be cleared from your body with a few days of rest and hydration. Other viruses like hepatitis C or HIV cannot be cured at present. ...Read more

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I have a chest viral infection, when can I go back to work?

I have a chest viral infection, when can I go back to work?

When you are better: Once fever is broken for 24 hours. Once you are not coughing al l the time and have enough energy to do your work. It can be a day or two or longer depending on how severe the infection/ symptoms were. ...Read more

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Can I tell if I have streptococcus or just a viral infection just by symptoms?

Can I tell if I have streptococcus or just a viral infection just by symptoms?

Difficult to: With viral infections, there can be a tendency for a higher fevers. Having said that, its is virtually impossible by symptoms alone in the absence of a good physical exam to distinguish one from the other. ...Read more

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I have become very prone to fungal & viral infection. Can you suggest which type of immunity test should be done to check it's strength?

More info needed: How long has it been going on? Since you were a child or in the last several months? ----> If in the last several months or few years, start with an HIV test. ----> If since childhood, then it is more complicated to discuss here. ...Read more

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I have become very prone to fungal & viral infection. Can you suggest which type of immunity test should I undergo to check it's strength?

I have become very prone to fungal & viral infection. Can you suggest which type of immunity test should I undergo to check it's strength?

Vague comments: Without knowing exactly what you have had and the frequency your fears may or may not be valid. What would be best would be to go to your family doctor (internist, family practitioner) and let them get a full history and do a physical exam and perhaps some labs and/or imaging studies. If you have been exposed to HIV this can also be tested for. ...Read more

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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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My daughter is 63 days old and she is very sensitive cold viral infection is effect her quickly please give me some remedies that I could safe her?

My daughter is 63 days old and she is very sensitive cold viral infection is effect her quickly please give me some remedies that I could safe her?

Breastfeeding: If you are breast feeding this will be very helpful. If not, then look for a chinese medicine practitioner or homeopathic practitioner in your area as those therapies can be very helpful. Chiropractic and craniosacral therapy can also help. Stopping all dairy (and if she is formula fed then going to a formula called nutramigen can be helpful). ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Congenital Viral Infection (Definition)

Infection that is present at birth. Usually the virus is acquired from a maternal infection that crosses the placenta. Examples include but are not limited to Rubella, hepatitis, HVI, cytomegalovirus, varicella, enteroviruses and many others. Some affect the infant ...Read more


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