What are the most common viral infections?

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The most common viral infections are the rhinoviruses, enteroviruses and the influenza virus. Rhinoviruses are what we know as the common cold. There are a hundred sub categories of rhinovirus. Echoviruses, cocksackieviruses, polioviruses, and a few others make up the collection of enteroviruses. Of the polioviruses, there are over sixty non-polio enteroviruses, which make up the second largest group of viral infections attacking the human population today. Influenza is a seasonally common viral infection that usually affects the upper respiratory system, but can have other symptoms as well.

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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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