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What are the symptoms of systemic viral infection and what causes it? My nature of work is at the airport, it's very stressful and was diagnosed above

What are the symptoms of systemic viral infection and what causes it? My nature of work is at the airport, it's very stressful and was diagnosed above

Viral infections: Cause fever, fatigue, sometimes abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, muscle aches and pains, cough, and weakness. While stress can lower your resistance to viral illnesses, it is not a cause. Most viral illnesses resolve in a week or so. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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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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I always end up having the worst case of Systemic Viral Infection every 3 months that it's becoming normalfor me. What do I do?

I always end up having the worst case of Systemic Viral Infection every 3 months that it's becoming normalfor me. What do I do?

Healthy living: Usually, recurrent severe infections imply that the immune system is not working well. Viral infections every 3 mos is actually normal, especially if you work with the public. If they are all severe, then a healthier diet and rest should improve things. Vitamin
C is especially important. ...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'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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What is systemic viral infection?

What is systemic viral infection?

A pattern: In general a bacteria, like a staph abscess, enters the body and attacks a specific region or site, spreading locally. Viruses usually enter the body through the soft tissue of the oral cavity, eyes or nose. Viruses must enter tissue to survive and reproduce, then spread to the blood where they can quickly spread to all areas of the body, where it can trigger "systemic" symptoms. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of viral infection?

What are symptoms of viral infection?

Where?: Viral infection of the upper respiratory tract would include sinus congestion, runny nose, etc, with fever and aches.

Viral gastroenteritis would be fever, nausea, vomiting and or diarrhea. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a viral infection of skin?

What are symptoms of a viral infection of skin?

The presenting: Lesion of a virus is a vesicle, which looks like a little "pimple" that's got clear fluid in it. Virtually all viruses that affect the skin start with a vesicle, including warts, chicken pox, measles and even smallpox. ...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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What are the symptoms of viral infection of the brain?

What are the symptoms of viral infection of the brain?

Many.: There can be a virus infection of the brain (encephalitis) or the coverings of the brain (meningitis). Symptoms can range from headache and stiff neck to confusion, sleepiness, seizures, and even coma. ...Read more

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How do u know if it's a bacterial or viral infection? Like what's the symptoms of each one?

How do u know if it's a bacterial or viral infection? Like what's the symptoms of each one?

Depends: The answer depends on which disease. A viral respiratory infection tends to have a low grade fever, runny clear nose, with mild body ache symptoms. A bacterial respiratory infection can have a high grade fever, pus filled discharge, and make you want to pass out. There are other examples but depends on what body part you are referring to! ...Read more

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What are the different symptoms of a viral infection and a bacterial infection?

Not much difference: Generally people recover from viral infections a little faster but that is certainly not always the case. Influenza and other serious viruses can take quite a while to recover from. Symptoms depend on where the virus is invading and can be very similar to infections. Bacterial infections tend to be more localized. ...Read more

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Does a viral infection cause only bone pain all over? No other symptoms.

Does a viral infection cause only bone pain all over? No other symptoms.

Joint pain: Viruses can lead to body aches and joint pains.
They are also accompanied by fever.
But there are also many other conditions that can cause joint pain, such as having a thyroid condition or anemia.
Check with your Doctor for more of an evaluation. ...Read more

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Six weeks ago my dad 87 had a viral infection hospitalized.. six weeks later annual shows pancytopenia could this still be the effects. No symptoms?

Six weeks ago my dad 87 had a viral infection hospitalized.. six weeks later annual shows pancytopenia could this still be the effects. No symptoms?

Well: Whatever he had he is immune compromised so it took a lot for the body to fight this off he is best being in the hospital until the body restores itself ...Read more

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Is it possible to get back to back colds/viral infections. I had the flu then a week later once the flu left same symptoms but more phlegm?

Continuous colds: Yes- it's certainly possible to get infected with a cold virus, then have another infection come along right after. This is particularly true if you're not taking care of yourself (not enough sleep, smoking, poor diet for example). Besides, 'germs' do this for a living - and I wonder what you're exposures were? The body is resilient but if you're still having major problems - call your doctor. ...Read more

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In layman's term, what is systemic viral infection? I was advised to rest for 3days and continue taking vitamin c, solmux and nasathera. Should I worry

No worries!: It's anothe name for the common cold in lay terms. So you are doing all the normal things one does when they have a cold, and rest is paramount. NO need to worry. Just get better! Take your supplements, drink plenty of purified water, not tap water, and you should start feeling better after or before 3 days. ...Read more

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Platelet from 210 - 171 -166 WBC from 4.45 - 2.0 - 1.70 neutrophils from 79.1 - 57.0 - 23. 5 is this normal? I was told I have systemic viral infection

Platelet from 210 - 171 -166 WBC from 4.45 - 2.0 - 1.70 neutrophils from 79.1 - 57.0 - 23. 5 is this normal? I was told I have systemic viral infection

You may have: bone marrow suppression from viral diseases, or as a side effect of medications taken to alleviate this illness symptoms. You need to keep tracking these numbers (platelet, white blood cell count, neutrophil count) and make sure that they stabilize and trend upwards again within the next 1-2 weeks. If they keep dropping, then you will need a hematologist to sort out what the cause (s) was/were ...Read more

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What to do if I have a viral infection, symptoms: fever, sore throat, and cold symptoms. What could it be?

What to do if I have a viral infection, symptoms: fever, sore throat, and cold symptoms. What could it be?

Respiratory virus!: Good afternoon,
with symptoms of sore throat, runny nose and fever probably, you are likely suffering from a viral respiratory infection. These will run their course of about a week. During this time, symptomatic relief can be achieved by taking medications such as ibuprofen, claritin, (loratadine) and sudafed. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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I have cough, colds, slight fever and sore throat. I was examined by the doctor and diagnosed of systemic viral infection? How come?

Viral infection: Clearly you have an upper respiratory infection but your doctor did not believe the source was bacterial based on your physical exam and presentation. You may also wish to ask your doctor as to his or her process on how you were diagnosed. ...Read more

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Had viral infection 3 weeks ago symptoms are gone except 1 tonsil is still big could this be a cancer of some sort? There's no pain. Or could be normal

Had viral infection 3 weeks ago symptoms are gone except 1 tonsil is still big could this be a cancer of some sort? There's no pain. Or could be normal

How big?: Some asymmetry in the size of paired organs is normal. If there are no symptoms, you may wish to watch and wait. If the tonsil does not get bigger, does not ulcerate or bleed, you may leave it alone.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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How long do lymphocytes stay High after a viral infection? No symptoms from 7 days lymphocytes still high! Around 76.2% in a 8 month old?

How long do lymphocytes stay High after a viral infection? No symptoms from 7 days lymphocytes still high! Around 76.2% in a 8 month old?

Reassurance: At age 8month and up to 5 years old child normally has highly lymphocytes count, what is opposite to adult person. ...Read more

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Viral infection for few months, low (not abnormally) neutrophils for years, all other counts incl WBC ok, no leuk/lymph symptoms, worry?

Not really: If your counts have not changed during this time, there is no real concern for cancer. With leukemia, WBC either drops and increases over time (weeks to months), you become anemic and platelets drop as well. Neutrophils are needed for fighting bacterial infection, not viral infection. You might be getting exposed to people who are sick a lot. If anything I would check immunoglobulins... ...Read more

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My father 87 had a viral infection 6 weeks ago. Recently they checked is cbc and said he has pancytopenia what cause this? He feels great no symptoms

My father 87 had a viral infection 6 weeks ago. Recently they checked is cbc and said he has pancytopenia what cause this? He feels great no symptoms

It could be MDS?: Pancytopenia in an elderly person means that his bone marrow is not making normal amounts of blood cells.....a condition called Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS). If you can send us the results of his recent CBC (complete blood count) showing his hemoglobin (Hgb), WBC, differential count and Platelet count, then we can give you further guidance. The fact that he feels well means his condition is not bad ...Read more

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Is it usual for a viral infection to last 12 days? My symptoms are fatigue, mucus (clear) and a dull, intermittent ache in my upper back.

Is it usual for a viral infection to last 12 days? My symptoms are fatigue, mucus (clear) and a dull, intermittent ache in my upper back.

Possible: 10-14 days is not uncommon. Hints: Force fluids x 8-10 glasses/day: 50% electrolyte rich fluids, 50% clear broth, bullion, consume. Warm water gargles, nasal saline mist, hot tea and honey,
hot steam showers, Cold- Eze Lozenges, Tylenol (acetaminophen) 1-2 TABLETS every 4-6 hours as needed for fever greater than 100. Tea with dark brown honey OK to use Robitussin DM 1-2 tsp. Every 4-6 hrs as needed. Ok to use 12 ...Read more

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What should I taake for a viral infection?

What should I taake for a viral infection?

Not antibiotics: Antibiotics are for treating bacteria and should not be given for viral infections. Some viral diseases can be treated by antivirals, but not all.

Your doctor can help you determine the best care for you. And never take medicine that was prescribed to someone else. ...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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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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What are some ways I can prevent myself from getting viral infections?

What are some ways I can prevent myself from getting viral infections?

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. ...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


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