University of Rochester

University Health Service (UHS)
Health Promotion Office

Viral Infections

If you are diagnosed as having an illness caused by a virus, you will not be given an antibiotic. Antibiotic treatment does not cure viral infections and, in fact, may be harmful if given when not needed. Most viral infections last 7-10 days. The treatments below will help you feel better while your body's own defenses are combating the virus.

General Instructions

Over-the-counter Medications (OTCs)

Cold and flu medications relieve symptoms but do not actually kill viruses. Although you cannot kill a virus, you can take medications that will help you feel better, such as:


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Last modified: Thursday, 26-May-2011 16:40:32 EDT