Viral Infection Symptoms and Causes

Viral infection causes and treatments

Viral infections, like other germs can infect various parts of the body including the skin, lungs, bone, brain and blood stream.

Incidence: Common
○ More than 200,000 US cases per year
○ Treatable by a medical professional
○ Requires a medical diagnosis
○ Lab tests (culture) may be required
○ Medium-term: resolves within weeks

Symptoms depend on the area infected. In dermatology, we deal with fungal infections that are primarily limited to the skin or mucous membranes. Athlete's foot, jock itch and thrush are common examples. Treatments include antifungal medications.

Cause of viral infections: Research shows that its thought to be genetic. Diet plays a role, though the extent varies in each individual. In general, a lack of cleanliness or the use of makeup is not the cause of acne.

Viral Infection Symptoms:

Viral Infections require a medical diagnosis: Symptoms depend on the area affected, but can include skin rash, vaginal discharge or a whitish coating in the mouth. People may experience darkening or redness of the skin, loss of color, peeling, flaky rashes. If it involves the scalp, hair loss may be seen. Also common: itching or vaginal discharge

Viral Infection symptoms
What does a viral infection look like?
Viral skin infection

Treating Viral Infections:

Self-care viral infection treatments: Over-the-counter anti-fungal medications can sometimes help.

Our Clinical Treatments for Viral Infections:

Long-term and effective treatments include effective antifungal medications prescribed by our certified medical dermatologists. [ Make an appointment }


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