A virus is a germ that is smaller than bacteria. Viruses are encapsulated by a protective coating so they are more difficult to kill than bacteria. Viral infections can cause illnesses as minor as the common cold and as severe as AIDS.
TYPES OF VIRAL INFECTION
- The Flu
- Viral Pneumonia
- Stomach Flu (Gastroenteritis)
Influenza, commonly shortened to “flu,” is an extremely contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza A or B viruses. Flu appears most frequently in winter and early spring.
Viral pneumonia is a pneumonia caused by a virus. Viruses are one of the two major causes of pneumonia, the other being bacteria; less common causes are fungi and parasites. Viruses are the most common cause of pneumonia in children, while in adults bacteria are a more common cause.
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which causes infection of the lungs and breathing passages, is a major cause of respiratory illness in young children.
Croup is a disease caused by a virus, bacteria, allergies, and inhaled irritants that leads to swelling in the airways and problems breathing. A child may have stridor; a high-pitched sound usually heard when the child breathes in (inspiration).
It is a viral infection that affects the stomach and small intestine. The illness is usually brief, lasting 1 to 3 days. Stomach flu is caused by a different virus than the Influenza viruses which affect the respiratory tract (nose, throat, and lungs). Learn about respiratory tract flu here.
Chickenpox (varicella) is a common illness that causes an itchy rash and red spots or blisters (pox) all over the body. It is most common in children, but most people will get chickenpox at some point in their lives if they have not had the chickenpox vaccine.
Treatment for Viral Infection:
The viral infection caused due to any of the virus can be treated if we follow certain points as described above:
- Drink plenty of water and other fluid that gives you energy.
- Eat protein vitamin mineral rich food and avoid oily food.
- Eat fruits that your dietician suggests you in your viral fever.
- Avoid working and take rest with good sleep.
- Follow the proper medication given by the doctor to get quick relief from viral fever
If viral fever or infection is suspected even without exhibiting the classic signs and symptoms, seek urgent care immediately, you can make a call (281)542-3998 for 24 Hour Emergency Care in Houston.