What are the complications of viral infections?

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Some viruses have been known to cause complications in the affected person. An enterovirus may leave a person with myocarditis (an inflammation of the heart muscle) or encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or it might cause paralysis, but these conditions are uncommon. Also in rare cases, death of an infant has occurred after an affliction of this type of virus. Pneumonia, which is an opportunistic disease, can develop after a bout with a simple common cold, as can asthma attacks, or ear infections.

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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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