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How do I care for someone with a viral throat infection?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

To care for someone with a viral throat infection, it is important to make the person comfortable. If the infection is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, or the viruses similar to a common cold, it is not treatable with medications. Give plenty of liquids to avoid dehydration, offer pain relievers, and allow the person to rest whenever needed. Isolation is not necessary, but maintaining good personal hygiene will reduce the risk of contagion.

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