Are viral infections serious?

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Most viral infections are not serious and will go away after they run their course. However, some viruses can be very serious and even fatal. Sometimes, a virus as simple as a common cold can linger and wind up developing into something more serious, like pneumonia. Other viral infections can be chronic, such as hepatitis C, causing damage to your liver years after the virus was contracted.

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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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