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    Want to know about the causes of viral fever?


    Are you suffering from fever? Wondering what are the causes of fever and why one its kept under medical observation? Check out this page and get answers from our experts for your question.

    Some of my nearby are in hospital due to severe fever. It is a sudden fever.

    Body aches and pains, shivering, vomiting tendency, severe throat infections are also seen. All of them are kept under observation in the emergency observation ward to monitor their condition. Drips, injections, and some medicines are given to the patients' one after another. Many say it may be a Viral fever and it can turn into a Dengue fever

    Is viral fever spread from person to person? What causes viral fever?

    Doctors, can you give me a good answer.
  • Answers

    11 Answers found.
  • There are a variety of viruses which can attack us and cause fever in our body. Virus are the small microbes and are the agent of infections. They will penetrate our body and multiply very fast and keep the body infected. Body will fight with them and in doing so the body temperature will rise. Generally viral fever will be low grade fever but in some viral infections like Dengue the fever is high. Viral infection can be as simple as common cold and can be as complicated as Dengue or influenza. A person having a viral infection can have many symptoms like chills, sweating, dehydration, headache, muscle aches, weakness, loss of appetite etc. In ordinary viral infections the patient gets normal in 5-6 days time only thing is he has to take rest and some mild medication as advised by the doctor. Viral fever is infectious and can spread from person to person. There are many ways a virus can enter the body. Some of the common are inhalation through air and catch it from other person's sneezing and the other is ingestion that is through infected food and drinks.

    Doctors will diagnose the viral infection with the symptoms of the patient and prescribe the medication. Actually, viral fever treatment does not require anything like antibiotic for it (as contrary to bacterial infections where antibiotics are very effective) but some general medicines for fever and pain are prescribed by the doctors. They will generally ask the patient to take a lot of water to keep hydrated.

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  • Viral fever is the root cause of any fever or illness. Sudden fever or illness is an indication that our body is combating some type of infection due to the intake of contaminated food, water, by direct contact with the affected person, transmitted sexually or by direct injecting into the bloodstream. Our body temperature varies from person to person and is normally 37°C/ 98.6°F and anything above the normal temperature is considered a fever. The rise in temperature is due to the fight of our body with the virus and fever is its symptom.

    There are many types of symptoms like fever, sore throat, running or congestion in the nose, headache, cough and cold, chill, sweating, dehydration, muscle aches and pain, loss of appetite and even fatigue. In the long run dengue, pneumonia, vomiting and diarrhea, jaundice may muddle the viral fever.

    Some of the ways that a person can be infected by the virus are :
    i) Food items - Food items and drinks(hot or cold) get easily contaminated and if you consume them, it can cause infection. The main cause of infection is having outside food and drink.
    ii) Air - When in common places or crowd, there are more chances of getting infected by the virus as if a person with virus coughs or sneezes near us, we inhale the air that contains the virus and thus getting infected.
    iii) Insect/animal bite - Is an insect or animal having virus bites us, we may develop an infection.
    iv) Bodily fluid - A viral infection can be transferred through bodily fluids. It can be sexually or through injecting in the body.

    Diagnose for Viral fever: The diagnosis is made by the medical history and also the history of fever, Laboratory investigations like Blood tests, urine tests, stool test and culture tests. These tests are done to check the increase in the white blood cells, lymphocytes, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) which typically occurs with bacterial infections.

    Treatment of Viral fever: Most of the viral fevers don't require any specific treatment and recover completely in a week although fatigue may persist for a few weeks. Medicine is usually provided to give relief from the symptoms like cold, cough, sore throat, fever, to relieve body aches and in some cases bed rest and adequate fluid intake are recommended.

    one should consult a doctor if you have a bacterial or viral infection as they can help to get into the root cause and provide medication as needed for faster and better results.

    Varghese
    Limit your "alway's" and your "never's." - Amy Poehler??

  • These days viral fevers are very common. The main problem with this viral fevers is that it spreads very fast. When in a family one person gets this infection, the whole family get infected. Cough and cold are the mild infections one will get because of this viral infection. The virus will get into our body and expand manifold and cause problems. Dengue fever is also a viral infection only. Generally, we should not go for any high medication for this fever. Taking rest, drinking more water and eating food which will get digested easily are the best actions one can take when there is a viral infection. Using antibiotics is not required actually. It may take 5 to 6 days to become normal once you have the viral infection. Generally, a good doctor will advise you to take paracetamol and some pain relief tablets only but no antibiotic.

    These people are immediately going to the doctors and the doctors prescribing many unnecessary medicines also and the patient is becoming very weak. So using unnecessary medicines is never advisable. Wait for 2 or 3 days, by taking paracetamol and naturally the problem will get resolved. otherwise, we have to see a doctor and he has to confirm whether it is a viral fever and any other problem and accordingly medicines should be prescribed.
    When we have this viral infection we will have many symptoms like cough, cold, body pains, headache, muscle pains and dehydration.

    drrao
    always confident

  • A viral - fever may occur due to the attack of a virus and their forms are different such as adenovirus, human herpesvirus,Enterovirus and parachovirus etc. The virus fever does not involve the treatment of antibiotics unlike the Bacterial - fever, where the administration of antibiotics is essential.
    Causes of its spread are of many forms such as inhalation of air where an infected person is sneezing or the exchange of foods with an infected person. This being highly contagious a Dengue - patient may spread the disease in an acclerated way after the bite of the Dengue - mosquitos.
    However, the best part of this disease is that it subsides within a couple of days with the slight precaution mostly the body - hydrated.
    So long as the body - temperature does not exceed 103 F, it cannot be fatal. But once the temperature exceeds beyond this, some antipyretic medicines would be required with the consultation of the Doctor.
    Severity of Virus especially in case of Dengue has to be ascertained because of the same being life - threatening due to alarming deterioration of platelet - count. It might be as low as 10000 in lieu of the normal range being 150000 - 450000 per ml of blood.
    Pneumonia is also a kind of viral disease and it may take serious form if not handled properly and as such the intervention of the doctor would be required.
    The symptoms of viral - fever would include Sneezing, Headache, Muscle - pain and Dehydration etc.

  • Whether it is fever or body pain, the person gets into a shivering mode during evenings and when we approach the doctor he says simply it is viral fever and we need not worry. By prescribing Dolo tablet and asking to take fruit juices regularly the fever would subsidize. But I have found that invariably in each home this viral fever is present which are either transmitted from the school to home or from the office to the home. Suddenly the platelets are reduced and the person becomes sicker and cannot even move. The best remedy to control viral fever is to have papaya leaf juice or papaya fruits. Pomegranate juice and even beetroot curries. But papaya leaf is the best medicine to combat the fever and help in increasing platelets counts. Nowadays even papaya leaf syrup are available with the chemists but are not giving the desired results.

    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • Generally speaking fever is denoting a change in body condition. Needless to worry for one day fever but the fear comes to many because of the media and rumours. It is good to consult a doctor but if the doctor money minded, the patients' condition as well his purse condition become worse.For this we should have doctor (generalist never specialist)as our regular and family doctor. And on his reference only we should go to specialists.

  • Viruses are hard to kill. To kill a microbe, T cells target it and B cells create antibody that kills that microbe. But identifying a virus is not that easy because virus gets itself injected into a host cell and multiplies. To fight a microbial attack on your body, your body sends its lymphocytes. Along with this body increases its temperature as hypothalamus increases the body temperature. A fever with more than 38 degrees Celsius is no longer mild. Fever helps you fight a viral infection because in increased temperatures viruses don't multiply well. Viral fevers can be caused by many different viruses. Our common cold is caused by many such as Rhinoviruses. If there is a rapid multiplication and an infection occurs, a fever sets in to regulate the multiplication of the microbes. A particular Flavivirus causes dengue fever. If a fever temperature is nearly 40 degree Celsius then it can be a dengue fever as a mild dengue fever can soar upto 40 degree Celsius. Mosquitos are a chief carriers of this Flavivirus. Dengue can get severe and even cause death. So basically fever means a rise in your body temperature because of the microbial attack.

    Answering if viral infections spread from person to person, common cold myth has been debunked. Common cold doesn't necessarily transfer through oral and air or water borne fluid exchange. And it is a viral infection. Dengue causing viruses stay in your blood stream. So mosquitoes can make dengue virus spread quick. It usually depends on the carrier for how fast a viral infection spreads. Our best bet to fight viruses is getting vaccination and staying in clean surroundings.

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  • Viral fever is caused by viruses. Viruses lie on the border line of living and non living beings. When virese are out side the host they are non living and when they enter in to the body of a host they act as living being. viruses spread from one person to another person and spread many infection. The viruses cause fever, cold, cough, etc in human body. Generally the viral infection cures itself within 7 to 10 days. Antibiotics and other pills are given to reduce the symptoms of deases.

    Dengue is also a viral disease which spread through mosquitoes. Dengue is confirmed after blood testing of the person. There is no specific medicine for dengue only your immunity can fight with dengue virus. The medicines are given to reduce the symptoms of dengue.

    Viruses can spread throguh the following medium:
    1. From one person to other person through direct contact.
    2. Through any factor like mosquitoes.
    3. Through air, water, food,etc.
    4. By using an infected item

    Only blood test confirm the disease of a person. So, please wait for the blood test and after that the doctores will provide proper treatment.

    Do not afraid as the person is under treatment and all the best for him.

    Honesty is the best policy.

  • When body temperature goes up because of an infection either viral or bacterial or some other microbes, it is called a fever. Actually a fever is helpful to fight the infection. But the main problem with these infections especially with viral infection is that it is highly contagious that means they spread from one person to another very easily. Nowadays high fever up to 104F is very common or sometimes it may be reach up to 105F. Fever with cold, cough, body pains and severe throat infection etc are the major symptoms if anybody is suffering from viral fever. Shivering occurs when body temperature goes up, patient may feel cold until it levels off and end rising. Viral infection can be diagnosed by observing symptoms followed by blood and urine tests.

    Normally, a viral infection alleviates itself within one week or more and do not require any specific medication. Commonly over the counter (OTC) antipyretics (fever reducers) , analgesics (pain relievers) like paracetamol and other medicines are given to the patients as antibiotics do not work in viral infection. Antibiotics are only effective in bacterial and fungal infections. Fever due to severe infection may cause tiredness fatigue may continue for a few weeks.

    Viral infection can be transmitted through the following means:
    1. From direct contact: by touching
    2. Vector borne like mosquito, fly etc.
    3. Through air: by Coughing, sneezing etc.
    4. Through water: by sewage contamination
    5. Through food or drink: by ingestion of infected food and drink.
    4. By using an infected item: By infected syringe
    5. From bodily fluids: By kissing, sex etc.

    Dengue is also a viral fever as it is mosquito born disease and spread by the bites of viral infected mosquitoes. Symptoms of dengue infection typically start 3-14 days after infection. This may include a high fever, headache, vomiting, skin rashes, muscle and joint pains etc. In dengue fever, blood platelets go down and sometimes platelets transfusion is also required. During severe infection, organ dysfunction and severe bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract may occur. Hence, it is good to keep the patient in isolating condition under observation to monitor his condition.
    However, it is not necessary that a viral fever is always a dengue infection. There are certain laboratory test available which confirms the presence of dengue infection. A dengue fever may be diagnosed by the symptoms and laboratory testing (CBC, especially platelets counts, Dengue Antibodies (IgG, IgM) tests etc.).
    Some of the home remedies for viral infection are:
    1. Proper rest at home
    2. Drink plenty of water
    3. Drink fruit juices
    4. Giloy is also effective
    5. Eat Kiwi fruit
    6. Drink Coconut water

  • Dr. Deepali Gangwar,

    What is Giloy? Is it a medical plant? How to use it?

    Sobha Wilson
    Lighted to Lighten

  • Giloy is a plant having medicinal properties. It is available in medical stores and patanjali stores. You can take its extraction or tablets. Giloy juice is very bitter in taste but is very effective. You can use it daily in monsoon season to avoid any infection.


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