Know What Causes A Viral Infection And Protect Yourself

A viral infection is caused by exposure to viruses. Viruses are disease causing organisms that can invade the body and attach themselves to your cells. As they begin to mutate and reproduces themselves, their major function is to stop the cells from functioning properly.

Viruses are smaller than a fungi or bacteria. They first of all attach to a cell, enter the cell and release a DNA inside the cell. The DNA takes control of the cell and forces it to mutate or reproduce the virus. The virus then stops the cell from performing its normal function, thereby causing the cell to die. When it dies, the cell releases new viruses, which also infects other cells. Viruses usually infect one particular type of cell. For example, the common cold virus infects only the cells of the upper respiratory tract.

Although the skin acts as a physical barrier against entry of viruses into the body, there are several other ways that they can be transmitted. Viruses can be swallowed, some are inhaled, some are transmitted through body fluids such as blood and semen, and some are spread by the bites of insects and parasites such as mosquitoes and ticks.

For example, the HIV virus is transmitted through body fluids whilst the flu virus is transmitted through the air by inhalation.

Infections can run from the case of the cold and flu symptoms, sinus infection, infection of the throat, viral eye infections, respiratory infections and the common cold virus can also wreak havoc by bringing on the sniffles.

Probably the most common viral infection is the sinus infection, which produces sinusitis symptoms. Throat infections, ear infections, and respiratory infections are all caused by the cold virus. These infections include sore throat, the common cold and influenza, commonly known as the flu. Click on this underlined link for treatment for sinusitis.
Ear infection, another form of a virus infection can be contracted when the virus gets into the ears, causing the middle ear area to fill up with fluid called pus. When the pus builds up, the ear pulsates like a beating a drum, the area surrounding the outer ear feels warm and causes and pain and fever in some cases.

Ear infection symptoms are not contagious, though you might contract a cold when someone sneezes or coughs on you, and the cold can lead to an ear infection. Although some adults can get ear infections, infants and children are more prone to it. Click on this underlined link for ear infection treatment.


Viral Infection Symptoms

A viral infection affects the whole body and sometimes the symptoms are so very much like bacterial infection that it can be hard to tell. Obviously, different infections will depict different symptoms but the following are most common symptoms for virus infections.

Body Aches

Fatigue

Lack of energy

Fevers

Night Sweats

Sore Throat

Coughing

Vomiting

Diarrhea

Runny Nose

Sneezing

Head Congestion

Headaches

Stomach Pain

Rashes

Mouth Ulcers

Bleeding Gums

Weakening of the immune system, as in the case of HIV


Natural Remedies For Viral Infections

Viral infections are unresponsive to antibiotics and therefore cannot be treated with antibiotics. Less serious infections are allowed to run their course but some general recommendations such as altering your diet by drinking lots of fluids and avoiding sugar, taking some vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, and zinc, and other herbal remedies can help speed up recovery.

Refer to your specific virus infection in the blue links above for the appropriate natural remedy. Click here for natural cold remedies.

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