What are the most common types of viral lung infections?

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In children, bronchiolitis and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are very common. Bconchiolitis occurs in around 11 percent of young people, and it's most common in infants - children younger than two. Respiratory syncytial virus affects almost all children by the time they are preschoolers. Although both of these common viral lung infections are not usually severe, both can cause severe complications in some cases. Adults can also contract RSV, along with another common viral lung infection, pneumonia. Viral bronchitis is another common type of viral lung infection, caused by RSV, influenza, and adenovirus.

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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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