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Viruses are very small organisms. They grow in number after they enter your body. There are many types that cause different illnesses, such as colds and the mumps.
The symptoms of a viral respiratory infection often start quickly. They include a fever, sore throat, and runny nose. You may also just not feel well. Or you may not want to eat much.
Most viral respiratory infections are not serious. They usually get better with time and self-care.
Antibiotics are not used to treat a viral infection. That's because antibiotics will not help cure a viral illness. In some cases, antiviral medicine can help your body fight a serious viral infection.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: June 9, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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