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There is no known preventive. Once you have the virus, the American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how you can help yourself recover:
- Get lots of rest.
- Drink enough fluids to ward off dehydration.
- Soothe a sore throat with a salt water gargle, throat lozenges and soothing treats, such as hard candy or a Popsicle.
- Take acetaminophen to ease pain and bring down a fever. If your child under age 12 is ill, do NOT give him or her aspirin.
-- Diana Kohnle
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