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.
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