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Current Viral Infections
What is the difference between viral infection and bacterial infection? I'm currently having viral infection according to my doctor.
Virus v Bacteria: The simple answer, and not trying to sound flip, is that viruses causes viral illnesses, bacteria cause bacterial infections. Antibiotics can help with bacterial infections, but only some antiviral medications are available to help with the course of some viral illnesses. Most viral illnesses just have to run their course.
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
Currently have a viral infection. Not taking anything but Could I take prednisone to help alleviate chest tightness and asthma?
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.
Viral infections is a risk factor for:: Chronic fatigue syndrome, Cryoglobulinemia, Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, Gastroparesis, Idiopathic inflammatory myopathies, Intussusception, Labyrinthitis, Miller Fisher Syndrome, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Asthma exacerbation in adults, Asthma exacerbation in children, Biliary atresia, Familial Mediterranean fever, Hypersensitivity pneumonitis, Subacute granulomatous thyroiditis, Encephalitis, Chronic bronchitis, High risk pregnancy, Transverse myelitis, Leukocytosis, Leukopenia, Low grade fever, Ataxia, Reye Syndrome, Enlarged spleen, Thrombocytopenia, Vestibular neuritis, Glossitis.
Is it normal to have reoccurring viral infections??? Went right away for a few days and came back
New agents: New babies are pretected to some degree from the types of viruses the mom developed immunity to in her lifetime. This immunity is transient & passes thru the placenta during pregnancy.It lasts for a few months in most infants. Premis don't get as much as full term babies. If mom never had & developed immunity to a virus, baby will be susceptable.
Viruses: The newborn is fortunate to have temporary immunity to many viral illnesses based on moms lifetime of experiences. This temporary immunity is passed thru the placenta & begins to fade by 3-4 mo. After that point an kids get an average of 5-7 viral respiratory illnesses/yr and 2-3 diarrheal illnesses/yr. Some vaccines (mmr & hep b) are available to prevent some illnesses, but most will self heal.
Viral Infections: Viruses are living material that may cause illness spread generally from person to person thru several mechanisms including close contact. Avoidance of ill people and good handwashing are factors in preventing spread.
...: I was not able to find any information about viralcide online other than a few mentions in some blogs. Perhaps it has another name? Or is no longer available as a supplement?
Sleep is important: Preventing viral infections is very hard just ask any doctor. Most of us get sick all of the time. Good hygiene and keeping your hands clean and avoiding placing things in your mouth is always a good start. Never underestimate the importance of a good nights sleep as the immune system can be severely impaired by as little as one night of sleep deprivation.