How do other illnesses affect viral infections?

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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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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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