Viruses are small infectious agents that replicate inside the cells of other living organisms. Viruses can infect all types of life forms including plants, animals, humans and even bacteria. Viruses actually contain genetic material which accounts for their ability to both infect and replicate inside our bodies. The typical virus is so small that it is difficult to see even with a microscope.
Viruses can be spread in many ways, including by air, insects or some form of physical contact. Once inside the body, a virus typically causes an immune response. Our body’s immune responses will usually eliminate the infection and protect us from future infections. Vaccines can also be used to create and acquired immunity. Unfortunately, there are viruses that are able to resist immune responses and ultimately become chronic condition such as aids or hepatitis.
The influenza virus is the best known. A viral infection can take place in many different parts of the body; some viruses are mainly in the intestine, while others prefer the lungs and airways. With a viral infection, you usually have a fever, but other complaints can range from abdominal pain, diarrhea, coughing and shortness of breath.
Unfortunately there isn't any effective medication to cure a viral infection. Antibiotics aren't effective because those focus on bacteria, not viruses. However, for high fever, difficulty breathing or severe symptoms, please come in for an appointment.
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