What is it?

A viral infection is a reproduction of a virus inside the body. Viruses need the assistance of a host to reproduce. Viruses infect a host by entering into the cells and hijacking the cell's internal machinery to make more viruses. On an active viral infection, a virus makes copies of itself and than bursts out of the cell to infect the adjacent cells to set a newly-formed viruses

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Parvovirus B19 Infection
- Cat-Scratch Disease
- Adenoviral Conjunctivitis
- Molluscum Contagiosum
- Viral Warts
- Retrovirus
- Viral Conjunctivitis
- Rhinovirus Infection
- Echo Virus Infection
- Foot and Mouth Disease
- Sweating Fever
- Cytomegaloviral Disease
- Coxsackie Virus Infection
- Human Papillomavirus
- HPV
- Chlamydial Conjunctival Disease
- Adenovirus Infection

Signs & symptoms

- Flu-like symptoms (fatigue, fever, sore throat, headache, cough, aches and pains)
- Gastrointestinal disturbances, such as diarrhea, nausea and vomiting
- Irritability
- ill feeling
- Rash
- Sneezing
- nasal congestion
- Swollen lymph nodes or tonsils

Diagnosis

The diagnosis based on a good anamnesis from the patient and a physical examination. If necessary farther diagnosis can be taken such as laboratory samples, blood culture, PCR and more.

Treatment

General treatment are aimed to relieve the symptoms such as:
- NSAID'S or paracetamol for fever, body aches, and pain
- Drinking a lot of fluids
- Rest and sleep
- Maintaining good nutrition
Some types of viral infection can include extra treatments.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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