How can I ensure my family doesn't get my viral skin infection?

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The most important thing to do to protect your family from a viral skin infection is to get your doctor's advice on preventing transmission of the infection. Some examples of things that you should do to protect your family include not kissing, and washing your hands frequently, when you have an active cold sore, having children vaccinated against varicella (chicken pox), and following your doctor's treatment plan for your own viral skin infection. Pregnant women with a history of genital herpes infection should alert their doctor; the doctor will prescribe a course of treatment that will protect the newborn from herpes infection.

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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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