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Viral Illness In Past 3 Weeks
Ok so probable viral illness. Is this common this time of year? I need to be very well by monday. Whats the best treatment?
Viral illness: A viral infection causes prostration (tiredness) because all the body mechanisms are overworking. Much like revving an engine... It overheats. It gets tired and hot. There is your headache, resulting from dilatation of the vessels in the brain. Fluids fluids fluids. Aspirin, or Acetaminophen ( caution in children). If ever feel stiff neck watch. Encephalitis or meningitis can settle in. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hurricane Katrina..: In some people, virus infections such as ebv, west nile, cmv, and others, can inflict a lot of internal damage - akin to a hurricane damaging a sea coast community. Recovery may take weeks to years, if at all. Remember that even with hurricane katrina (2005) - certain places are still recovering from it. ...Read more
How long can a fever last in a toddler with a viral illness? It comes and goes. Fever began 3 days ago.
Up to a week: Many viral illnesses that would last 24-48 hr in an adult will remain symptomatic in toddlers for a week. As long as they keep up with their fluid needs (wet at least every 6-8 hr) their system will usually self heal. A worsening of symptoms or change in behaviors may indicate a new secondary infection requiring a recheck. ...Read more
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