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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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
589 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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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask your doctor about TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint), as it could cause ear pain
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Look for ear pain or ear drainage, as they are both signs of infection
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See a doctor if you think you have an ear infection
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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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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call your doctor if you have a fever or back pain
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated and to help flush the infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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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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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover your eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels separately with hot water
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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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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food, such as caffeine, citrus, alcohol, and spicy foods
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Take an over-the-counter urinary analgesic for pain and to soothe the bladder
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What are some medicines or remedies to take for viral infections?

What are some medicines or remedies to take for viral infections?

Depends...: What organ or body part concerns you regarding infection by viruses? ...Read more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics, as clostridium difficile infection is a common complication
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Stay out of hospitals as much as possible
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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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

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How good are antiviral medications at treating viral infections?

...: I was not able to find any information about viralcide online other than a few mentions in some blogs. Perhaps it has another name? Or is no longer available as a supplement? ...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

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What causes viral infections in the eyes?

What causes viral infections in the eyes?

Viruses: Many types of viruses are known to cause eye infections. Many are the same ones that cause colds. ...Read more

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Pumicort and 3 viral infections at once. Smart medicine?

Mgt: Infants and toddlers may have many infections during the course of the year. Pulmicort is a type of inhaled steroid which can alleviate inflammation in the lungs. More details regarding the symptoms such as wheezing, prolonged cough and her use of Albuterol would be helpful. A virtual consultation appointment made be booked online. ...Read more

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Do viral infections cause hives and if so what kind of infections?

Yes: Viral infections (epstein-barr virus, hepatitis virus, herpes virus), bacterial infections (strep throat, staph), fungal infections, respiratory infections, urinary and gastrointestinal infections can all cause hives. They do not cause hives directly but indirectly by causing inflammation from stimulating the body's defense mechanisms. ...Read more

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What are the viral infections that causes hives and are they cureble?

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What are the viral infections that causes hives and are they cureble?

Many: There are many viruses that can cause hives, especially in children; even cold viruses have been implicated. As with most viral issues, recovery just involves supportive care and time. ...Read more

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What bacterial or viral infections can be caused by seasonal changes?

None: There is no good evidence that the change in season itself is causative of infection. ...Read more

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23 healthy male get frequent viral infections l, cold, gastrointeritis. Have chronic stress, but I have had 9 infections this year, is this concern?

23 healthy male get frequent viral infections l, cold, gastrointeritis. Have chronic stress, but I have had 9 infections this year, is this concern?

This states that: you have hypochondria and you indicate that you are stressed. Rather then focusing on your symptoms - would encourage you to address your stress. Talking therapy ranks really high. Cognitive Behavioral therapy or psychotherapy can be effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, Qi Gong, progressive > ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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