Learn More About Different Types of Viral Infections

Have you ever told your children not to go outside with wet hair or they will get sick with a virus? Have you ever gotten angry with them for refusing to wear a coat when it’s cold for fear they would catch a cold? The truth is that these little pieces of advice are based on nothing more than old wives’ tales. What you may not know is that colds aren’t caused by cold, wet weather at all. They are actually caused by different types of viral infections.

Types of Viral InfectionWhat Is a Virus?

There are a vast number of viruses that cause all different types of infections. A virus is a small, infectious organism that attaches to a cell and releases its DNA or RNA inside of it. This causes the cell to replicate the virus, which then goes on to infect other cells.  

Some common types of viral infections include:

  • The common cold
  • Sore throat
  • Sinusitis
  • The Flu
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Chickenpox
  • Rabies

Viruses are typically contagious and can be spread in a variety of ways. Types of viral infections can be inhaled or swallowed. Some are spread through sexual contact, insect bites, or bodily fluids.

What To Do

If you think you have a viral infection, it is important to limit your contact with others until you are seen by a healthcare specialist to determine the cause. Viruses can’t be treated with antibiotics, but a medical professional will be able to confirm that a virus is causing your symptoms and not something else.

FastMed’s medical professionals are available 7 days a week, 365 days a year to provide you with the quality medical care. Feeling sick? Stop by today.

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