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Doctor insights on: Viral Disease In Humans

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What are some of the most dangerous viral disease?

What are some of the most dangerous viral disease?

Dangerous viruses: Are you referring to most virulent virus, fatal rate without or with treatment or most deaths historically? Dangerous viruses include: Marburg Virus, Ebola Zaire, Hantavirus, H5N1 (Avian Flu), Junin Virus (Argentine Hemorrhagic Fever), Lassa Fever, Crimea – Congo Fever,Machupo virus (Bolivian hemorrhagic fever), Kyasanur Forest Virus (KFD), Rabies, Smallpox & Dengue fever. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Joel Gallant Dr. Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
32 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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Is there anyway to make a viral disease go away faster?

Is there anyway to make a viral disease go away faster?

Depends on the virus: We have treatments for some viral infections: hiv, hepatitis c, hepatitis b, herpes, influenza and zoster, for example. But for many other viral infections (common cold, viral gastroenteritis) you just have to wait it out and treat the symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po Dr. Po
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
14 years in practice
Drexel University College of Medicine
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How can you reduce the chances of getting a viral disease?

Wash your hands: Many viral illnesses are transmitted by direct contact with an infected person or else by touching a contaminated object (also known as a fomite), then touching our mucous membranes. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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What viral disease attacks the nervous system?

Many: Looks like Zika has just joined the list, but others include herpes simplex and zoster, West Nile, a multitude of equine viruses, Japanese B, Ebola, etc. Caveat: many of these infections are carried by mosquitos and biting insects!!! ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis Jr Dr. Alvis Jr
Preventive Medicine
37 years in practice
The Dental School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
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Is it possible to have more than 1 viral disease at the same time? With one of those being mono

Is it possible to have more than 1 viral disease at the same time? With one of those being mono

Absolutely. Immune: systems job is to constantly screen & protect from cancer cells, viruses, bacteria & fungal infections. How many we may have to fight at once varies widely & can be a huge challenge. Initial immune system response to virus (just snippets of DNA/RNA with a protein coating; no living cell) commonly takes ~7 days; thus the value of vaccines to prompt the immune system to prepare for rapid response. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What is the deadliest bacterial or viral disease in the world?

What is the deadliest bacterial or viral disease in the world?

That depends: are you asking about most # of deaths over history or virulence of actual organisms. I can't state #1. But the following are serious: Ebola, Influenza, Pneumonic Plague, Smallpox, SARS, Tetanus, Inhalational Anthrax & more. For more info see "List of human disease case fatality rates" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_human_disease_case_fatality_rates ...Read more

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Dr. Elden Rand Dr. Rand
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
17 years in practice
Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota
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What would be the dealiest bacterial or viral disease in the world?

What would be the dealiest bacterial or viral disease in the world?

Many answers: I will vote for largest numbers as well as overall nastiness (my opinion): virus: 1. Influenza - killed most people in pandemics 2. Ebola - evil, nasty, dead quickly (but rare) bacteria: 1. Yersinia pestis - plague pandemics 2. Clostridium botulinum - botulism toxin is very very toxic in small amounts. ...Read more

Dr. Joel Gallant Dr. Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
32 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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Why is mononucleosis considered to be a viral disease?

Why is mononucleosis considered to be a viral disease?

EBV: Because it's caused by a virus: epstein-barr virus (ebv). ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo Dr. Russo
Pediatrics
21 years in practice
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Why is mononucleosis considered mostly a viral disease?

Why is mononucleosis considered mostly a viral disease?

Mononucleosis def.: Mononucleosis is caused by Epstein Barr Virus, one of the most common human viral infections. Mononucleosis is not caused by bacteria, fungii or parasites so by definition is COMPLETELY a viral disease. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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When you develop a viral disease, how can you help your body to get rid of the disease?

Depends on the DZ.: For instance - if you had a wart caused by a virus that would be different from getting a cold or a gastrointestinal infection. Treat symptomatically. Hydrate, rest. Sometimes antiviral medications are prescribed. ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Oberman Dr. Oberman
Podiatry
27 years in practice
New York College of Podiatric Medicine
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Dr. Joel Gallant Dr. Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
32 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What is the reason vaccines protect against a specific viral disease?

Design: Immunity against disease depends on the creation of antibodies that attack the envelope or cell wall of germs.Vaccines generally use pieces of cell wall protein injected in specific amounts to trigger immune response. ...Read more

Dr. Larry Lutwick Dr. Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
45 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Why would a vaccination be more likely to eradicate a viral disease than a bacterial disease?

Why would a vaccination be more likely to eradicate a viral disease than a bacterial disease?

That's how it is: Vaccinations do not treat diseases. They do not kill the germs involved, but can help the body build a successful defense against actual disease if exposed. The vaccines to viral agents tend to elicit stronger and longer protection than present vaccines against bacteria.Bacterial vaccines (pertussis,tetanus, pneumococcus) may even fail to prevent illness if the germ exposure is intense enough. ...Read more

Dr. Bruce Rothschild Dr. Rothschild
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
37 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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I have dry cough with crackling chest.It was start like normal cough 3weeks before.I have no fever but only dry cough.Is it symton of viral disease?

I have dry cough with crackling chest.It was start like normal cough 3weeks before.I have no fever but only dry cough.Is it symton of viral disease?

Possibilities: Crackling sounds can be from fluid from pneumonia but could also be a sign of lung disease caused by scleroderma. First find out whether the crackling is wet or dry. If dry a rheumatologist will likely have the answer. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Park Dr. Park
Pediatrics
46 years in practice
Yonsei University College of Medicine
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How does pneumovax, a vaccine against a bacterial infection, reduce deaths from influenza which is a viral disease?

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How does pneumovax, a vaccine against a bacterial infection, reduce deaths from influenza which is a viral disease?

Pneumonia prevention: An important cause of death from influenza is often related to pneumonia, a common complication of influenza. Pneumonia following influenza is often caused by pneumococcus. Pneumovax provides protection against an invasive peumococcal infections including pneumonia. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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Can untreated hashimoto disease weaken immune system and cause several bacterial / viral infections the past several months?

Can untreated hashimoto disease weaken immune system and cause several bacterial / viral infections the past several months?

Thyroid function?: If your thyroid function is normal , then there should be no problem with your immune system. Even if the thyroid function were low, the immune function is not usually impaired. ...Read more

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Dr. Hien Tran Dr. Tran
Pediatrics
11 years in practice
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
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16 year old male, severe chronic stress had 8 viral infections this year. Passed quickly. Passed on it's own. Is it immune disorder or stress?

16 year old male, severe chronic stress had 8 viral infections this year. Passed quickly. Passed on it's own. Is it immune disorder or stress?

Depends: If u always get sick that frequently than u can't really blame it on stress. But if this is a new thing it could just be stress. Stress is known to lower ur immune system. The fact that it cleared quickly makes me think that u immune system is functioning ok. Try vitamin d supps and see if that helps boost ur mood and immune system. Make sure u eat and sleep good that will help with the stress ...Read more

Dr. Warren Everett Dr. Everett
Family Medicine
years in practice
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I have had 8 viral infections this year that passed quickly. I am concerned i have immune defiency disorder. Blood work in march showed nothing ?!

I have had 8 viral infections this year that passed quickly. I am concerned i have immune defiency disorder. Blood work in march showed nothing ?!

I wouldn't worry: When I was a young doctor I had many of these from seeing young children. After several years my immunity developed and I was fine. This is also common in parents with young children, especially if they are in day care. By being sick you build up your immunity. When I was in the service, with was also common when moving to a foreign country. After a year, the illnesses seemed to temporize a ...Read more