What increases my risk for viral infections?

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Being around someone with a viral infection is the most common way to put you at risk for catching a virus. Sex with a partner who has a herpes virus or HIV can increase your risk as well. If you are outside or in the woods without using insect repellent, you may increase your chances of getting bit by a virus- carrying mosquito or tick. Poor hand washing after handling a baby's stool or respiratory secretions can also increase your risk for a viral 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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