Viruses cannot be treated with antibiotics. The best remedy is for your child is to get an adequate amount of rest so her or her immune system will be able to fight the virus.
A viral infection usually lasts only a week or two. But when your child is feeling rotten, this can seem like a long time! Here are some tips to help ease symptoms and help your child get better faster: Rest.
But you can find relief faster with these smart moves.
- Take it easy. When you’re sick, your body works hard to fight off that infection. …
- Go to bed. Curling up on the couch helps, but don’t stay up late watching TV. …
- Drink up. …
- Gargle with salt water. …
- Sip a hot beverage. …
- Have a spoonful of honey.
Antiviral drugs can ease symptoms and shorten how long you are sick with viral infections like the flu and Ebola. They can rid your body of these viruses. Viral infections like HIV, hepatitis and herpes are chronic. Antivirals can’t get rid of the virus, which stays in your body.
What to Expect: Most fevers with viral illnesses range between 101° and 104° F (38.4° and 40° C). They may last for 2 or 3 days. They are not harmful.
How to reduce a fever
- Acetaminophen. If your child is over 3 months, you can offer them a safe amount of children’s acetaminophen (Tylenol). …
- Adjust their clothing. …
- Turn down the temperature. …
- Give them a lukewarm bath. …
- Offer fluids.
A 2017 study noted that recovery time appears to be better the more quickly a person receives their diagnosis. Post-viral syndrome is temporary. Although the effects may linger, many people can expect their symptoms to resolve within a few weeks. In some cases, symptoms may last for longer, even up to several months.
In general, healthy people usually get over a cold in 7 to 10 days. Flu symptoms, including fever, should go away after about 5 days, but you may still have a cough and feel weak a few days longer. All your symptoms should be gone within 1 to 2 weeks.
Most viral illnesses are contagious before a person has any symptoms. So an infected child can spread a virus before feeling sick. This makes it almost impossible to stop the spread of infections.
What helps your body fight a virus?
Healthy ways to strengthen your immune system
- Don’t smoke.
- Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables.
- Exercise regularly.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
- Get adequate sleep.
- Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly.
Does sweating out a virus work?
No, it could actually make you more sick. There is no scientific evidence to suggest that you can sweat out a cold and, in fact, it may even prolong your illness. Here’s what you need to know about why sweating won’t help once you’re sick and how you can prevent illness in the future.
The drugs used for viral infection are Acyclovir (Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir), and valacyclovir (Valtrex) are effective against herpesvirus, including herpes zoster and herpes genitalis. Drugs used for treatment for viral fever are Acetaminophen(Tylenolothers)ibuprofen (Advil,motrin IB others).