Step Away From My Family, Common Viral Infections

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Viral infections! Seems like everywhere we look we are either hearing about a new one, or an old one that has been lingering around for years. Don’t we all wish avoiding viral infections were as simple as shouting out the command to “Step away from our families”? Even though it isn’t quite that simple, it is possible to keep them some of them at bay by good personal hygiene, using masks and gloves in areas where viral infections can be found, or by keeping things clean around your home.

Below you can find a list of some of the most common viral infections.

Warts- Many of us never consider a wart to actually be a viral infection of the skin, but it is.  While most of us will at least find ourselves with at least one or two warts in our lifetime, warts tend to be more prevalent in those with immune deficiencies, with genital warts being a virus which is sexually transmitted and effects female and male genitalia and sexual organs.

Influenza- As we all know, influenza is a viral infection that yearly affects millions of people the world over.  Each year usually finds a new strain, often that has jumped from an animal some have close contact with, such as chickens or pigs, and new strains are usually versions of evolved strains from the previous year.

Chicken Pox- Most people associate this common viral infection with children, and while it is a common viral infection amongst children causing minor discomfort, for adults who actually contract this virus, the effects can be much more severe.

Common Cold- At some point or another in our lives, we’ve all had the viral infections that produce the common cold, even if the symptoms are as minor as a cough, runny nose or even sneezing.

While this is not a list of all common viral infections, it is a list of some of the most common that we may encounter in our lives on a daily basis.  Even though as parents, we find ourselves wanting to protect our families from these common viral infections such as the common cold and influenza, there isn’t much we can do to prevent it from happening.  It’s one of those little facts of life that we all have to accept and live with.  Luckily it’s generally for a short amount of time.

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