Treating viral infections are tricky because viruses live inside the body’s own cells, making it hard for our immune system to fight back. Viruses can also mutate, causing treatments that might work today, unusable for the future.
Bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics, but viral infection cannot. Antiviral medicines work only when the virus is trying to reproduce in the body.
Most human viral infections can be successfully fought by the body's own immune system. Proper diet, hydration, and rest are the best way to boost maximum performance of the immune system.
General instructions for treating viral infections are as follows:
Rest – a body that is well rested will do a better job of fighting infections.
- Water – drink lots of water, at least 8 cups a day.
- See a doctor – it is recommended to see a doctor if a infection does not improve or new symptoms occur.
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Sir Winston Churchill High School Grade 11. 2004.