What are viral lung infections?

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A viral lung infection is a disorder caused by a small germ that destroys or changes healthy cells when it multiplies. People with viral lung infections - often children - generally pick them up by touching someone else who is infected with a virus or touching something the infected person touched. In some cases, people with viral lung infections might breathe in infectious material when near someone who has the virus. There are several types of viral lung infections. Some of the most common include pneumonia and bronciolitis, which cause coughing, mucus, and cold symptoms. People with viral infections may be prescribed antiviral medications and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like aspirin, to reduce their fevers. Although viral lung infections are quite common, they can become serious.

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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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