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Viral Fever- Know your treatment options

Viral fever, often known as febrile viral disease, is a widespread health risk that affects people of all ages. It is distinguished by a high body temperature and a variety of symptoms. Viral fevers are caused by several viruses and can range from mild to severe.

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Viral Fever- Know your treatment options

Viral fever, often known as febrile viral disease, is a widespread health risk that affects people of all ages. It is distinguished by a high body temperature and a variety of symptoms. Viral fevers are caused by several viruses and can range from mild to severe.

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What is Viral Fever?

Viral fever refers to a collection of viral infections that impact the body and are characterized by a high temperature, burning eyes, headaches, body aches, nausea, and vomiting. view more

How to diagnose Viral Fever? When to consult a doctor?

The signs of viral infections and bacterial infections are similar. This makes the diagnosis challenging. A doctor will check the signs you have been facing and your medical history to determine the severity of the illness. The following diagnostic tests as well can be ordered: Swab tests Blood tests Antibody tests Specific viral antigens test Urine test The healthcare professional may recommend testing for chikungunya, dengue, and malaria. Imaging tests such as chest X-ray and CT scan can also be advised if the infection is severe.

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Condition

Condition one

What is Viral Fever?

Viral fever refers to a collection of viral infections that impact the body and are characterized by a high temperature, burning eyes, headaches, body aches, nausea, and vomiting.

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How to diagnose Viral Fever? When to consult a doctor?

The signs of viral infections and bacterial infections are similar. This makes the diagnosis challenging. A doctor will check the signs you have been facing and your medical history to determine the severity of the illness. The following diagnostic tests as well can be ordered: Swab tests Blood tests Antibody tests Specific viral antigens test Urine test The healthcare professional may recommend testing for chikungunya, dengue, and malaria. Imaging tests such as chest X-ray and CT scan can also be advised if the infection is severe.

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Causes

  • Infection with a virus causes a viral fever. There are some ways by which a virus infects the body, which are discussed below. Ingestion: You can contract an infection if you consume food items contaminated by a virus. Carriers: The most common example is mosquito bites. These insects can carry a virus that will lead to dengue and malaria. Body fluids exchange: HIV and Hepatitis B may spread through bodily fluids. Also, these viral infections can be sexually transmitted. Inhalation: You can get infected by coming in contact with an infected individual who sneezes or coughs next to you without covering their face.

Symptoms

  • Occasional chills & Headache
  • Body temperature up to 103°
  • Dehydration
  • A loss of appetite

Causes

  • Infection with a virus causes a viral fever. There are some ways by which a virus infects the body, which are discussed below. Ingestion: You can contract an infection if you consume food items contaminated by a virus. Carriers: The most common example is mosquito bites. These insects can carry a virus that will lead to dengue and malaria. Body fluids exchange: HIV and Hepatitis B may spread through bodily fluids. Also, these viral infections can be sexually transmitted. Inhalation: You can get infected by coming in contact with an infected individual who sneezes or coughs next to you without covering their face.

Symptoms

  • Occasional chills & Headache
  • Body temperature up to 103°
  • Dehydration
  • A loss of appetite

Management and Treatment of the condition and complications if left untreated

There is no specific treatment for Viral Fever, as viruses do not respond to antibiotics. However, doctors focus on relieving the symptoms the patients exhibit. Here is a list of some of the treatment options and home remedies for viral infections. Lukewarm baths: Taking a bath in lukewarm water helps reduce the body temperature. Over-the-counter medications: Medications such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen can be taken to relieve fever, pain, and inflammation. Aspirin should not be given to children or teens due to the higher risk of getting serious conditions such as Reye's syndrome. Rest: Taking complete bed rest is vital for the sick individual. Hydration: High intake of fluids keeps the body hydrated and prevents dehydration. Warm compress: Applying a warm compress on the forehead eases signs such as headache and congestion. A fever that continues view more

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Frequently Asked Questions

Most fevers last for three days, which is normal. Recurrent fever may keep coming back for up to 14 days, which is serious and requires medical attention.

Yes, viral fevers can be highly contagious, and the duration of contagiousness varies depending on the type of viral fever: Bronchitis: It remains contagious as long as its symptoms are present. Chickenpox: Contagiousness extends for two days, even before symptoms become evident. Glandular fever: This fever can be transmitted seven weeks before symptoms manifest and continues until the symptoms subside.

In most cases, mild cases of viral fever can be managed at home with rest, hydration, and over-the-counter medications for symptom relief. However, suppose you experience severe symptoms such as high fever that persists over a few days, difficulty breathing, chest pain, confusion or altered mental state, or other symptoms. In that case, it is important to seek prompt medical attention.