How do I manage my viral skin infection on a daily basis?

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Not all viral skin infections need daily management, but some do. Shingles (caused by the Herpes zoster virus) is an example of a viral skin infection where your daily care may include taking an antiviral medication, resting, and cold compresses to relieve pain. Children who have an active case of chickenpox (caused by the varicella-zoster virus) may have a fever and need acetaminophen or ibuprofen to bring their temperature down. It is important to remember not to give aspirin to children because of the possibility of Reye's syndrome, a rare but serious illness.

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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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