Can strep virus be dormant in your bloodstream?

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No, there are times where you can have small releases of bacteria into your bloodstream that last only a few minutes, for example, after you have your teeth cleaned. However, the bacteria can’t stay “dormant” in your bloodstream without making you sick, and typically your body’s immune system can clear these very brief “infections” quickly without you even knowing.

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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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