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How long is a typical virus? It's been 13 days is better but lungs hurt to breathe in now. Could it be she's worse even thou she's better. What now?

How long is a typical virus? It's been 13 days is better but lungs hurt to breathe in now. Could it be she's worse even thou she's better. What now?

Viral infection: The average viral respiratory tract infections last about a week. When fever,sweats,cough,wheeze,discolored sputum persist longer than that, a bacterial infection is suspected and antibiotic treatment is usually begun. Have your daughter's pediatrician examine her if she fits into any of these patterns. ...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


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My WBC total count is in normal range. My neutrophils are 82%, eosinophils 0%, lymphocites 9.9% and have an absolute value of 660. My md said it is typical of virus and ishould get a retest done but I am scared. Is this typical?

My WBC total count is in normal range. My neutrophils are 82%, eosinophils 0%, lymphocites 9.9% and have an absolute value of 660. My md said it is typical of virus and ishould get a retest done but I am scared. Is this typical?

Lab data: The values you quote are meaningless without an understanding of the clinical history and a physical exam. Not sure what is scaring you because the values seem normal. Discuss with the doctor and if not getting adequate responses get a second opinion. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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Can trapped gas cause a GREAT deal of stomach discomfort? It came on suddenly. Not the typical pain associated with stomach virus.

Can trapped gas cause a GREAT deal of stomach discomfort? It came on suddenly. Not the typical pain associated with stomach virus.

Sure can!: I had gas pain that was worse than my later appendicitis. Gas-X (simethicone) helps a lot. But bad pain needs to be evaluated if it does not go away quickly with simethicone or an antacid. Splenda and sorbitol candies and drinks, also gave me pain worse than labor pain! Never again! ...Read more

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If you have a virus shouldn't you be on antibiotics?

If you have a virus shouldn't you be on antibiotics?

No: Antibiotics works on bacteria. It truly depends on what type of virus you have, by knowing which virus you have the proper treatment will be used. ...Read more

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What is t-virus?

What is t-virus?

Fiction: It is a fictitious virus in a video game. ...Read more

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Will I recover from a cold virus faster if I exercise than if I don't exercise?

Will I recover from a cold virus faster if I exercise than if I don't exercise?

No: There has been little research on this issue but there is no evidence that you will recover faster if you exercise, but it appears safe as long as you don't overdo it and you may feel a bit better- see http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/25/health/nutrition/25best.html The best treatment for a cold is the herb Pelargonium sidoides, widely sold as Umcka- see http://bit.ly/1f6rJci ...Read more

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If a person have a virus, cold temperature etc. &another was still in the car with him but didn't touched can he still catch the virus?

If a person have a virus, cold temperature etc. &another was still in the car with him but didn't touched can he still catch the virus?

Depends: This would depend on the virus and how it was transmitted, whether the person exposed had ever had that viral strain before, the state of their immunity and so on and so on. ...Read more

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If a person receive bbbj from someone and the person didn't make love and didn't give bbbj only receive , will the person contact any virus ?

If a  person receive bbbj from someone and the person didn't make love and didn't give bbbj only  receive , will the person contact any  virus ?

Fairly safe: Is a "bbbj" a "bj" given by someone who stutters? The risk of receiving oral sex is low. You could get herpes or syphilis from the partner's mouth, but it would be virtually impossible to get HIV that way. ...Read more

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Are colds caused by viruses?.Can anyone give me a cold?. I have always believed you catch a cold when, for example, it is cold and you don't wrap up.

Are colds caused by viruses?.Can anyone give me a cold?. I have always believed you catch a cold when, for example, it is cold and you don't wrap up.

Yes: Colds are cause by viruses. The most common cause is the rhinovirus which accounts for up to 40 percent of all causes. They can spread from person to person, by touching contaminated surface such as door knob, telephone etc as well as by respiratory droplets from infected people (when they sneeze or cold). Always use wash your hands sanitizers to prevent the spread ...Read more

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I've been sick with up resp virus for about 6 weeks. Saw dr three weeks ago, she said to wait it out but it doesn't seem to be getting better. Advice?

I've been sick with up resp virus for about 6 weeks. Saw dr three weeks ago, she said to wait it out but it doesn't seem to be getting better. Advice?

URI: Some versions hang on for this long. Any friends had same thing? if so how long did it last. Not sure what "Been sick" means in your part of the world. Need more information. Ion general I recommend hot showers and steam if you can, Eucalyptus cough drops and heating pad over forehead at night. ...Read more

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What is the origin of human t-lymphotrophic virus? Did it originate from primates (simian viruses?)?

What is the origin of human t-lymphotrophic virus?  Did it originate from primates (simian viruses?)?

Probably: The human t-lymphotropic virus type i is a human RNA retrovirus that is known to cause adult t-cell leukemia and lymphoma, and a demyelinating disease called htlv-i associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis. Htlv-i is one of a group of closely related primate t lymphotropic viruses. The ones that infect old-world primates are called simian t-lymphotropic viruses. ...Read more

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What are viruses?

A Virus: Is a microorganism that can only grow & reproduce in living cells. Viruses are often responsible for infections. ...Read more

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Can viruses be killed?

Yes: Your body has significant anti-viral defenses and most viral illnesses are short lived due to this ability, there are some drugs for some viruses, particularly the herpes family. Viruses are biological and can frequently be killed outside of a body with uv light, heat, and many chemicals. ...Read more

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Do any viruses target ova?

Oocytes: Thank you for this question. The mature oocyte has a thick covering called the zona pellucida that has to be traversed to reach it. It is therefore unlikely that this would occur unless carried by the sperm which can bind to and then traverse the zona peelucida. ...Read more

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What are some types of viruses?

Textbook Questions: This would take an entire text book to answer. It is way out of the bounds of this simple app. Perhaps you can narrow this down to a specific question or symptom to ask about. ...Read more

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How do we get viruses from food?

How do we get viruses from food?

All that's: necessary is for a virus(like the Norovirus) to be able to hardy enough to survive(viable) for any prolonged period of time in food(or water or on living surfaces for that matter) so that another person get exposed through breaks in the skin, or through the mucous membranes of our respiratory or gastrointestinal tract. ...Read more

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What cause viruses in the humans body?

What cause viruses in the humans body?

Ecology of viruses: Viruses, like many other living things, are just looking for a 'home'. All of life is like that -and we can find viruses affecting not just humans but many other species of animals, even plants! The question is, 'is this virus causing a disease'? That is what doctors are for -to help you determine when to step in and take action. If you are concerned about a certain virus, ask more questions. ...Read more