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BK Virus Infection
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A BK virus (BKV) infection is a common viral infection that usually does not cause problems. The virus normally remains inactive in your body when your immune system is strong. If your immune system becomes weak, the virus may become active and you may have symptoms.
- Medicines may be used to decrease pain, help your immune system, or kill the BK virus. Ask your healthcare provider how to take prescription pain medicine safely.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him of her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your healthcare provider or specialist as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Drink liquids as directed:
Ask your healthcare provider how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you.
Contact your healthcare provider or specialist if:
- You have a fever.
- You have trouble urinating.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- Your symptoms get worse and do not go away even after you take pain medicine.
- You have severe pain when you urinate.
- Your urine has blood in it.
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