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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. Suzanne Galli
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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


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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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Will detol cure a fungsl infection of the nail?

Will detol cure a fungsl infection of the nail?

Nail Fungus: Treatment of onychomycosis depends on the clinical type of the onychomycosis, the number of affected nails, and the severity of nail involvement. A systemic treatment is always required in proximal subungual onychomycosis and in distal lateral subungual onychomycosis involving the lunula region. White superficial onychomycosis can be treated with topical prescription medication. ...Read more

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How long can a viral chest infection last for?

How long can a viral chest infection last for?

Varies: Most last only a few days but the cough can sometimes last two months ...Read more

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Is there any way to treat fungus nail infections?

Is there any way to treat fungus nail infections?

Medication and laser: There are a number of ways to get rid of toenail fungus. You can take oral antifungal drugs, use a medicated nail polish or get treated with a laser that's specific for destroying nail fungus. Each treatment has its risks and benefits. Consult your dermatologist to determine the most appropriate treatment for you. ...Read more

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I have a nail infection. What drug should I take?

Nail infection: That depends on the type of infection (bacterial, fungal, etc.). Please have your doctor take a look. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my infection is bacterial or viral?

How can I tell if my infection is bacterial or viral?

Blood test: Having a blood test would indicate whether your infection is bacterial- abnormal red cell count and shift; or viral- increase in monocytes. ...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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Can you tell me what could I do to treat this nail infection?

Can you tell me what could I do to treat this nail infection?

It depends: There are various types of infections. Infections can be due to a fungus, bacterial or due to a virus. The treatment will depend on the type of infection and on what exactly is infected. Have it evaluated by a professional to get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Can a infection (viral or bacterial) spread through your body?

Can a infection (viral or bacterial) spread through your body?

Absolutely: A bacterial infection that spreads through your body is called sepsis. It is bad, requires hospitalization and IV antibiotics. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between a viral or bacteria infection?

It often isn't so: Easy to distinguish. Medical testing can hlep to sort it out. ...Read more

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How does biting your nails increase your risk of getting infections?

Sometimes tissue: Other than the tip of the nail is damaged. This creates a portal for infection. I once developed a serious infection of my thumb after biting my nails. I had step throat at the time. The throat issues came under control much more rapidly than the infected finger. ...Read more

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Can you get pain with nail fold infection? What are the other symptoms?

Can you get pain with nail fold infection? What are the other symptoms?

Sure: Pain, swelling, throbbing are common complaints. This is usually treated easily with an oral antibiotic and sometimes a partial nail avulsion is necessary. Or sometimes, a partial nai avulsion without the antibiotic...Depending on the condition and who is treating. ...Read more