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How long for a virus to run it's course?

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I've been lethargic, achy and have had chest discomfort for the better part of eight days now. I don't have a cough ( no mucus) or running/congested nose. Felt a little warm on a couple of the days, not anymore though. Went to the doctor and they said just a virus with no meds recommended. How long can it take for this virus to run its course and before I should seek medical treatment again? Thank you.


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replied April 14th, 2011
Cold, Flu and Viral Infections Answer A21937
Hello, and thank you for your medical question on e Health Forum.

Since you don't have any major symptoms other than slight lethargic, you might soon feel better with the infection passing off.

To cope up with the viral infection, adequate hydration and Vitamin C supplements and good nutrition will be helpful.

If the condition does not improve within a few days or you develop symptoms like high grade fever, cough, purulent expectoration, etc, you might seek medical opinion again.

I hope this helps.


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