Basically, a viral infection is caused by a virus. These viruses are tiny and minute microorganisms that can cause an infection in the human body. There are different symptoms of viral infection and it can affect any part of the human body and commonly affects the respiratory system. The symptoms of viral infection can vary. This variation depends on the body part affected by the infection, age of infected individual as well as the health of the individual.
Viral Infection Symptoms in Babies
Infants infected by a virus have symptoms with at least one or more of the following:
- Runny nose
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath (SOB)
- Nausea and vomiting
- Appetite is decreased
- Increased sleepiness
Viral Infection Symptoms in Toddlers
The symptoms of viral infection in toddlers are difficult to understand since most toddlers don’t know how to express it. Toddler’s immune system is not yet that strong and with this they can easily get infections. Especially at their age, it is the time where they move around, touch and eat anything they get their hands on. With this, they can easily get infections around them.
The symptoms of viral infection in toddlers are similar to the symptoms of the babies as well as adults that usually involve the respiratory tract of which the common symptom is cold.
Viral Infection Symptoms in Children
Mostly, children of school-aged years can acquire viral infections since they are surrounded by their peers/classmate especially those having cough and colds that it is possible to be passed on to them. Infections in children occur as the body’s immune system combat or fight against the viral infection. Since we are all aware that children’s immune system is not as strong as compared to an adult.
More often, children experiencing an infection caused by a virus usually present common symptom such as headaches, runny nose, cough, fever, sore throat and even fatigue or malaise.
Viral Infection Symptoms in Adults
Symptoms of viral infection in adults can be mild such as fever, muscle aches, headache, sneezing, diarrhea, chills, weakness, malaise, coughing and rash and often times lead to severe symptoms that needs immediate intervention such as dehydration, seizures, confusion, loss of touch/sensation, bowel and bladder impairment and increase sleepiness that often lead to coma or even death.
Bacterial Versus Viral Infection Symptoms
As we may all know, infections are caused by either a virus or bacteria. Bacterial infection and viral infection have different symptoms to watch out for in order to determine its differences. Both have different type of microorganisms infecting the individual and the individual’s response to each type also differs.
The infection caused by a bacteria rapidly progresses thus the infection can be lethal within such as short period of time while on the other hand, infections caused by a virus may present quiet a number of symptoms.
Infections that are caused by bacteria include tuberculosis, urinary tract infections and those that are caused by virus include common cough and colds, chicken pox and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
Viral Infection Symptoms and Treatment
Treatment for viral infection symptoms includes:
- Resting – conserve energy to help the body fight against the virus
- Increase fluid intake
- Antipyretic medication- to lower temperature for fever
- Lozenges- to help soothe sore throat if you have any
- Antiviral- such as Tamiflu. A common antiviral drug for an immune system that is weakened.
Taking antibiotic if you have viral infection is not useful as the drug does not respond to this kind of condition as compared to how bacterial infection respond.