What is viral fever?
The term “Viral fever” covers a wide range of viral infections that affects our body. Viral fever is common among both children and adults because of lower immunity as the white blood cells are not able to produce large amount of antibodies which fights against Disease causing microorganisms.
Body aches, skin rashes and headache are some of the common symptoms of viral fever. Though medications are available to treat viral fever, still people try to self-medicate themselves by taking antibiotics. But antibiotics cannot kill viruses. So, instead of antibiotics, in some cases home remedies can help in dealing with the symptoms.
Causes of Viral Fever:
Viral fever is transmitted from one person to another through direct contact with the infected person’s bodily fluids. Some of the common ways of getting infection include: coming in contact with coughs, sneezes and yawns of the infected person. Even a minute portion of bodily fluid of the infected person contains bacteria and viruses. Once the bacteria enters into a healthy body through nose or mouth, the person gets infected and it takes anywhere from 16 to 48 hours to turn into an infection with high fever.
Some of the common Viral Fever symptoms are:
- Fever (which is Intermittent in nature and occurs along with chills)
- fatigue and weakness
- muscle and body pain
- joint pain
- nausea and vomiting
- burning sensation in eyes
- running nose and nasal congestion
- chest congestion
- sore throat
- swelling of the face and skin rashes
If you experience any of these symptoms make sure to visit your doctor as severe cases of viral fever may lead to fatal complications such as:
Severe dehydration, kidney failure, liver failure and in some cases even multi-organ failure.
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Treatment & Home Remedies
Diagnosis of viral fever can be difficult as the symptoms are common to many other diseases. The best way to determine the illness is to eliminate the possibility of other common fevers such as dengue, malaria and typhoid. For that your doctor would ask for a blood test. Once your doctor confirms the diagnosis, he/she may prescribe antibiotics. But, antibiotics does not work on viral fever. The doctor simply prescribes it to counter any secondary infections.
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Apart from antibiotics, you can also take the help of some home remedies to help with the symptoms. Some of the remedies that can help are:
- Tulsi (holy basil) tea
- Ginger & lemon tea
- Coriander tea