Antiviral medication

What is Antiviral medication?

Antiviral drugs are a class of medication used specifically for treating viral infections. Like antibiotics for bacteria, specific antivirals are used for specific viruses. Unlike most antibiotics, antiviral drugs do not destroy their target pathogen; instead they inhibit their development.

Antiviral drugs are one class of antimicrobials, a larger group which also includes antibiotic (also termed antibacterial), antifungal and antiparasitic drugs, or antiviral drugs based on monoclonal antibodies. Most antivirals are considered relatively harmless to the host, and therefore can be used to treat infections. They should be distinguished from viricides, which are not medication but deactivate or destroy virus particles, either inside or outside the body. Antivirals also can be found in essential oils of some herbs, such as eucalyptus oil and its constituents.

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i think i have shingles on my forhead and it looks like its spearding downward is there something i can do to stop...

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Take antiviral medication like tablet valciclovir

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Is this shingles: I have a picture to send

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Answer few questions

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Yes, I have a rash mostly on my shoulder...it does not itch, but it is sensitive to touch as are other parts of my body. Also, I get sharp shooting...

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Seems to be shingles, take antiviral medication

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