Can viral skin infections get a resistance to antiviral drugs?

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Just as bacteria can develop resistance to antibiotics, the viruses that cause viral skin infections can develop resistance to antiviral drugs. Unfortunately, because it is harder to target viruses, which reproduce inside host (human) cells, it is also harder to develop antiviral drugs than it is to develop antibacterial ones. It is important to follow your doctor's instructions for both antibiotics and antivirals so that the chances of drug resistance are lowered.

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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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