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Dr. Heidi Fowler
588 doctors shared insights

Viral Infections (Overview)

Viral infections are common causes of illness. Severity of viral infections can range from minor colds to life threatening infections.


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How long do viral infections last?

How long do viral infections last?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
588 doctors shared insights

Viral Infections (Overview)

Viral infections are common causes of illness. Severity of viral infections can range from minor colds to life threatening infections.


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Why can't viral infections be treated?

Why can't viral infections be treated?

Some can be: Many viral infections such as herpes, varicella, rsv, hiv, hepatitis band influenza are treated with antiviral antibiotics. For others we have no effective treatments or the side effects of the treatments are worse than the self-limited viral diseases. ...Read more

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How long could viral infections last for?

How long could viral infections last for?

Depends on the virus: Viral infections can last a few days (the common cold, for example), several months (a bad case of mono), several years (warts), or the rest of your life (herpes, and many others). How long it lasts depends on the nature of the virus. ...Read more

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How come I have recurring viral infections?

Immune system: Some people are prone to certain types of infections due to their immune composition. Rarely people can have immune disorders, but this is usually diagnosed early in life. ...Read more

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What is Viral infections a risk factor for?

What is Viral infections a risk factor for?

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. ...Read more

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What's the most effective way to stop viral infections?

Immunization: For those viral infections for which there is a vaccine, this is a no-brainer. Staying away from others with infection, staying out of areas in which infection is prevalent, washing hands. But basically you cannot avoid all viral infections. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have reoccurring viral infections ??? Went right away for a few days and came back

Is it normal to have reoccurring viral infections ??? Went right away for a few days and came back

Depends: It depends on the type of virus causing the infection. You may be able to suppress it by getting your vitamin d levels to 60-80. ...Read more

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What are the causes of viral infections in infants?

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. ...Read more

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What can cause viral infections in infants?

What can cause viral infections in infants?

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. ...Read more

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What causes viral infections in new infants?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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