What is the current viral lung infection recommendation?

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In the past, ribavirin, a medication that people would inhale via an electronic device, was given to people with certain viral lung infections. Today, though, this treatment is no longer given to people with viral lung infections. Instead, doctors give medicines that are designed to help people with viral lung infections breathe by reversing the contraction in the airways. Ribavirin, however, is still used to treat some people, like babies born early who have difficulty breathing.

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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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