Are there alternative treatments for viral infections?

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The medications available to treat the symptoms of a viral infection can help alleviate discomfort, but some people can not take these due to age or some pre-existing condition. For instance, it is not recommended that an infant receive cough and cold medicine. Therefore other means must be sought to reduce the baby's discomfort. Nasal congestion can be relieved with a vaporizer, nasal suctioning, or a simple saline nasal spray.

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Viral Lung Infections

Viral Lung Infections

Viral lung infections include acute bronchitis, viral pneumonia, bronchiolitis, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). These viral lung infections usually begin as a respiratory virus that spreads to the lungs. Chest pain, chronic ...

coughing, fever and fatigue are common with bronchitis. This infection cannot be treated with antibiotics. Viral pneumonia presents with a host of symptoms including coughing, fatigue, fever, aches and pains, and GI symptoms. While antibiotics are not indicated for pneumonia, some antiviral medications can help. Infants can develop both bronchiolitis and RSV at a young age, causing coughing and wheezing.
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