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How do other illnesses affect viral infections?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Other illnesses such as heart problems or diabetes can cause the symptoms of a viral infection to be more serious than normal. Also, a weakened immune system can cause a virus to thrive when it normally would have been fought off by a healthy body's defenses. Symptoms of an infection may be worse for people with other conditions--asthma sufferers, for example, have more severe symptoms when catching a cold or flu than those who have healthy lungs.

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