With so many people living in such close proximity to each other, it is hardly surprising viral infections are able to spread and become local or global epidemics so quickly.
A virus is a life form, a small organism that is parasitic and depends on it’s host for survival, though in rare cases it also kills it’s host, so is generally considered harmful. Knowing about viruses, how they spread, the symptoms that can be expected, and how to treat viral infections aren’t just the preserve of doctors and nurses, every parent or guardian should know at least the basics, enough to protect loved ones and know when to call for professional help. Knowing when to see a pharmacist, or your local doctor, or even call for emergency medical treatment (Paramedics), are critical if you are going to fight viral infection.
ViralInfections.org is your first source for all viruses that attack the human body, and we’d like to invite you to bookmark this page to make it easier to visit again, after all there are so many viral infections, that we’re sure you’ll want to know how to find us. Shortly we’ll be adding articles and checklists about the common cold, flu symptoms, and other types of viruses. Whilst most viral infections are easily avoided, for example HIV, many can be contracted very easily. We’ll be discussing the various ways viruses are spread between people including airborne, contact, and sexual contact. No legitimate discussion will be avoided, although we aim to treat all topics respectfully and without blame, after all, many victims of viral infection, especially STDs are in committed and loving relationships and deserve support, not guilt. Medical practitioners are of course most at risk, though their bodies often develop stronger immune systems, whilst other members of society such as children and the elderly are particularly susceptible to viral infections. Unfortunately, when dealing with viruses, there will always be an exception, and even young healthy adults are sometimes most at risk, as is the case with the H5N1, or H1N1 viruses, the latter having recently been declared a global pandemic.
Proper preventative steps are absolutely essential to minimizing risk of viral infection, we’ll discuss hygiene, cleanliness around the home, awareness of objects that could harbor the virus, use of gloves and masks, and virus etiquette. With our tips you’ll be much better prepared to handle virus infections, and stand a greater chance of keeping your family healthy and well. Treatment against viruses range from vaccines, oral medication, creams and topical ointments, and in specialist cases, hospitalization. Being aware of the treatments available adds to peace of mind, and in turn a speedier recovery. Some viral infections can only be treated after consulting a medical practitioner, yet minor contagions are easily dealt with by your local pharmacist. Knowing your options can save on costly medical bills. Don’t forget that many treatments for viral infections have been available for many years, and this means non-branded or generic medication may be available too. Why pay more when generic drugs (generics) are available; where these are available, we’ll be sure to mention them. There are many different types of viral infection, for example, Flu, Cold, Human Papillomavirus, Herpesvirus, Genital Herpes, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Chicken Pox, Polio, Rabies, Ebola, Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever, Viral Meningitis, Smallpox, Hepatitis, HIV, Cold Sores, Encephalitis, Pneumonia, SARS, and too many more to mention. Our goal is to give you the information you need to prevent illness, or if this isn’t possible, be at least able to fight infection with the correct treatment.
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