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What is a viral infection?

What is a viral infection?

From a virus: Infections most often are either bacterial ( ie strep throat) or viral ( ie the flu, the common cold) Bacterial infections are treatment with antibiotics which kill or harm the bacteria allowing your immune syst to destroy the rest. Viruses run their course are not harmed by antibiotics and make you ill for a week or more. ...Read more

Dr. Norma jo Waxman
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Upper Respiratory Infection (Definition)

An upper respiratory infection refers to an infection that involves the lining of the breathing passages above the lungs. It usually refers to infections that involve multiple areas simultaneously such as the nose, sinus, ears, throat, ...Read more


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What is measles- viral or bacterial?

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What is measles- viral or bacterial?

Virus: Measles (also called rubeola) is a highly contagious virus that is transmitted via the respiratory route. A person infected with measles can infect others up to 7 days prior to symptoms and up to 3-4 days after the onset of symptoms. You can prevent getting the infection by getting the MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) vaccination. ...Read more

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What is acute febrile illness? Just a cold a fever?

What is acute febrile illness? Just a cold a fever?

Definition: It simply means what it says. An abrupt or very recent onset of a medical disease characterized by fever. It could represent any form of inflammatory condition, but usually suggests infection. ...Read more

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What is a relief for a viral eye infection?

What is a relief for a viral eye infection?

Time: Time. It must run its course. Artificial tears and steroid drops can make it more comfortable, but not make it resolve any faster. It must run its course. Unless it is herpetic, then you need close follow up and treatment with ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What is mononuecleoses a bacterial infection?

No, generally viral.: Infectious mononucleosis is most commonly caused by a viral infection with the classic cause / trigger being epstein barr virus (in about 90% of cases). Classic symptoms include flu-like illness with fever, sore throat, swollen glands and sometimes skin rash. History, physical and lab studies are useful in diagnosis. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a viral infection and viral syndrome?

What is the difference between a viral infection and viral syndrome?

Definitive diagnosis: When someone is diagnosed with a viral infection, the exact virus causing the infection is known. A viral syndrome is a constellation of clinical signs and symptoms which suggest that someone has been infected with a virus but no virus has been detected. ...Read more

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What is a sinus infection?

You have : Several hollow bones in the face that give resonance to the voice. They are lined with mucous membrane that secretes mucus. If a germ gets in it causes an infection and that is called sinus infection. ...Read more

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What is viral meningitis?

What is viral meningitis?

Aseptic: Meningitis is an inflammation of the outer coating of the brain. A spinal tap will show inflammatory cells in spinal fluid. Bacteria will be seen and cultured if present. If nothing grows it is considered aseptic. This usually means that a virus is the cause. Special tests and cultures may or may not identify the virus. Viruses may infect the brain itself causing encephalitis. ...Read more

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How long is a viral URI contagious?

How long is a viral URI contagious?

Several weeks: In a healthy 48 year old, your immune system should eradicate a viral upper respiratory tract infection in about 2 to 3 weeks. ...Read more

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Is sars a viral infection?

Is sars a viral infection?

Yes: Sars was a viral variant that has likely gone the way of the dodo. ...Read more

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What is viral gastroenteritis?

What is viral gastroenteritis?

Hukes and spews: Viral gastroenteritis means a bowel infection caused by a virus leading to nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is treated symptomatically, but other sources need to be ruled out, especially if there is pain or bleeding from above or below. ...Read more

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What is a viral infection that causes high fever.Should a person worry ?

What is a viral infection that causes high fever.Should a person worry ?

Many: Lots of viruses can cause a high fever - influenza (flu) is one of them. Colds can cause fevers too. So can the "stomach flu" - which are often viruses. Having a fever or the number that it reaches isn't in and of itself a cause for concern. Doctors are more concerned with why a fever is happening. ...Read more

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What is a low fever virus?

Not sure: Need more information to be able to answer. Fever is often associated with many infections, including viral. Different viruses cause different problems and different symptoms. The amount of fever usually does not suggest a particular infection. If it is very high in a child that is not acting sick, it can be a common childhood virus. "low fever virus" is really not a classification of viruses. ...Read more

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What is viral gastritis? Is it contagious?

What is viral gastritis? Is it contagious?

Yes: A viral infection affecting the upper intestinal tract causing abdominal pain, nause and vomiting. As it is a viral infection, it can be transmitted. ...Read more

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What is this diagnosis "viral exanthem"?

What is this diagnosis "viral exanthem"?

Viral rash: A viral exanthem is a rash caused by infection of a virus. Some examples include the exanthem caused by measles, parvovirus b19, and rubella. ...Read more

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How serious is having a viral meningitis?

How serious is having a viral meningitis?

Depends: Generally viral meningitis is mild and self-limiting, but it depends in part on which virus and your underlying immune status. Not a fun illness to have, but usually recover uneventfully. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a viral cough?

What is the best treatment for a viral cough?

Supportive care: Nothing except time cures a viral cough. Rest, fluids, nutrition. You can try over the counter cold remedies. Your doc can prescrive a cough suppressant to help with the cough. 7 - 10 days for resolution of symptoms. ...Read more

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Common Cold (Definition)

Also called an upper respiratory tract infection (URI), this is a condition where the nose or throat is infected by a virus, causing redness and inflammation, runny nose, ...Read more