The right kind of urgent care can do a lot for many types of viral illnesses, but it’s important to understand how these conditions work.
A virus is an organism that can only exist in cells belonging to other forms of life. The most important thing to understand about them is that they are not the same as bacteria, which are a type of single-cell organism. Instead, they essentially take over a cell and use it to manufacture new viruses, which then infect other cells. Not so fun fact: scientists believe that viruses are the most plentiful type of biological agent on the planet.
We can treat the symptoms of viruses in a great many ways, and there’s a lot to we can do to prevent them and help the body fight them more effectively. However, we can’t actually kill them. In fact, whether viruses even qualify as a form of life has actually been a subject for scientific research and debate.
It’s important to understand that using an antibiotic for a virus is not only ineffective, it contributes to the creation of antibiotic resistant bacteria, which presents a potential danger to the public. Right now, the only really effective means of killing viruses is our own natural immune system. Fortunately, that is enough in most cases.
While these antiviral drugs don’t actually kill viruses, they do limit their ability to spread in the body. One of the best reasons to seek urgent care immediately after you come down with flu is to get the shot quickly. In many cases, it can help you recover a day or two sooner. If can also sometimes be given to a spouse or other close family member to prevent its spread.
Probably because viruses are so good at replicating themselves, they are the source of many of the most common illnesses. Aside from colds and flu, they are also behind such chronic illnesses as herpes and HIV as well as hepatitis, chickenpox, measles, whooping cough, mumps, rubella, and even cervical cancer, among many others.
It depends on the illness.
If you think you have a viral illness or another health issue that would benefit from the attention of a board certified doctor, Dr. Michael Farzam and his team at House Call Doctor Los Angeles can come to just about any location in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Whether it’s a hotel, a film set, an office, or just your house, we’re ready to help. To get started, use the phone number above or reach out to us through our contact page.
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