Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral Infections
Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.

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    AHealthyWomen answered
    During the late 1990s and early 2000s, an outbreak of the West Nile virus had people reaching for the mosquito repellant in droves, as the brief epidemic resulted in 18 deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2002, a total of 284 fatalities were reported, spurring widespread public concern over the infection.

    Vaccines, mosquito control and better treatment have vastly lowered the death rate of the West Nile virus. However, it remains a significant concern, especially for people whose immune systems are compromised or who are very young, very old or pregnant.

    Symptoms of the virus include abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, headache, loss of appetite, nausea, muscle pain, rash, sore throat and vomiting. In more severe cases, confusion, loss of consciousness, weakness, neck stiffness and loss of some sensation in one arm or leg may also occur.
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    AHoward I. Baron, MD, Pediatric Gastroenterology, answered on behalf of Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center
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    You can protect your children from viruses by teaching good hand washing, says Howard Baron, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Sunrise Hospital. In this video, he describes a variety of virus-protecting strategies for parents. 
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    AHoward I. Baron, MD, Pediatric Gastroenterology, answered on behalf of Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center
    Are Certain Viruses Seasonal?
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    Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the clear membranes covering the white of the eye and the inner side of the eyelid. The same viruses that are responsible for colds and infections of the ear, sinuses and throat can also cause viral conjunctivitis. Children with viral conjunctivitis do not benefit from taking antibiotics. The condition is contagious, however, and they may need to stay home from school if there is a fever. Hand hygiene is an important factor in preventing the spread of viral conjunctivitis.
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    Polio is almost extinct. However, an adult booster is recommended for travelers to India and Africa.

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    Although there are some specific antiviral drugs (such as for the treatment of influenza A and B), there are no drugs to treat most other respiratory viral illnesses. Common viral infections in children usually last only a short time and are best treated by ensuring adequate fluid intake, restricting strenuous exercise and allowing the illness to run its course. Over-the-counter cold medicines should not be used in children.
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    Evidence supporting the use of homeopathy as a treatment for viral infections is lacking. More studies are needed.

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    Light therapy may be considered as an alternative treatment for the herpes virus when drug therapy is not possible. Short-term phototherapy has been shown to be effective in reducing cold sore healing time. Additional research is warranted.

    You should read product labels, and discuss all therapies with a qualified healthcare provider. Natural Standard information does not constitute medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.



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    The season for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection in the United States is usually October to April. It's wise to take precautions to help prevent it. The main thing to do is wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water. Make sure everyone who touches your baby has clean hands. Keep your baby away from crowds of people. Do not allow anyone to smoke around your baby. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and don't share cups, spoons and forks with others. RSV is very contagious. Almost all babies get it before the age of 2. Talk to your baby's health care provider about ways to prevent RSV.

     

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    AMichael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
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