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How does a viral lung infection affect the body?

Viruses, or germs that take over healthy cells for reproduction purposes, cause viral lung infections. First, a lung infection virus enters your body through some opening, like a hole in your skin or the eyes or mouth. Next, the virus will penetrate your healthy lung cells to create more virus cells. This is what makes you sick. Generally, this will cause your once-healthy cells to die. In most cases, you can prevent viruses from affecting your body in this way by washing your hands often and staying away from people who are sick.

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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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