What are viral infections?

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Viral infections are organisms that take over certain cells in your body. This is the only way a virus can survive. Because it can not replicate on its own, a viral organism will use your cell to reproduce its viral DNA or RNA, causing your cell to die in the process. After it replicates, the duplicate viruses will attack more cells using the same process. Because your cells die and cannot do the job they are supposed to do, you will end up feeling ill.

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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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