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Self-limiting (a.k.a. self-recovering) is a term used in clinical medicine to refer to any disease whose natural history is to resolve without treatment. Many viral illnesses, e.g. upper respiratory tract infections, are self-limiting as patients will recover without taking any form of medicine.
However occasionally a self-limiting condition may still be treated because
- it will hasten the end of the disease, and/or
- symptoms are debilitating
Examples of self-limiting diseases:
- 1. Kane M, Golovkina T. Common threads in persistent viral infections. (2010) Journal of virology. 84 (9): 4116-23. doi:10.1128/JVI.01905-09 - Pubmed
- 2. Davies NM. Minor ailments and self-limiting conditions: NOT. (2014) Canadian pharmacists journal : CPJ = Revue des pharmaciens du Canada : RPC. 147 (3): 137. doi:10.1177/1715163514531702 - Pubmed