How do viral infections affect my quality of life?

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How a viral infection affects your quality of life depends on the type of virus you have. When you have a cold or flu virus you feel miserable and uncomfortable for a short period of time. Cold sores caused by the herpes virus can embarrass you in public but are temporary as well. However, a bout of hepatitis C can damage your liver, and leave you on a restricted diet for the rest of your life or on a liver transplant list. The AIDS virus changes your life completely as there is no cure yet.

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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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