By Dr K Sridhar Srinivasan
Senior Consultant General Physician
Published on 24/05/2022
Viral fever or high body temperature is caused by viral infections which are most common during monsoons. Any degree of body temperature above the average body temperature value of 98.4°F (37.1°C) is considered a fever. Any kind of fever increases the body temperature but viral fevers usually lead to high-grad fever and they last for more than 3-5 days.
Viral fever is not a disease, however, it can be an indicator of an underlying viral infection. It affects people who have weak immunity and is also common in children. If left untreated, it might lead to serious consequences. You must seek medical attention for timely diagnosis and identified of the infection.
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Symptoms of viral fever
The symptoms of viral fever differ based on the type of viral infection and the person it has affected. The following are common viral fever symptoms.
- High-grade fever (can go up to 103-104°F)
- Mild to severe headache
- Runny nose or nasal congestion
- Sore throat
- Diarrhoea or abdominal pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Muscle and joint pain- mild to severe
- Facial swellingLoss of appetite
- Rashes on skin
Severe symptoms such as high-grade body temperature (103-104°F) need immediate medical care to avoid any severe effects on body functions. You can visit our expert doctors for further information about viral fever symptoms and how to effectively manage them.
Treatment of Viral Fever at Home:
The treatment for a viral fever patient depends on the underlying cause of the fever itself. While it is advised to first seek medical help to ascertain the underlying cause of the fever, the most common fever treatments include over-the-counter fever medications such as Crocin, aspirin variants such as Ismorin or Solosprin, ibuprofen variants such as Tricofen or Ibupal and acetaminophen variants such as Dolo(500 mg).
Nowadays, due to the changing environmental temperature, the risk of viral fever is high. Although, every problem has a solution and there are home remedies that can be useful in treating viral fever.
- Maintain personal hygiene
- Eat healthy and warm food
- Get flu vaccinations
- Seek medical care
When should I see a doctor?
Better not to make assumptions about the disease and take self-medication. It is advised to get the symptoms diagnosed accurately so that a specific course of treatment can be prescribed. Delays in diagnosis or doctor consultation could have serious consequences. The best method would be to consult a doctor as soon as the first symptoms arise in order to have an accurate diagnosis and appropriate therapy.
Medicover Hospitals Treatment for Viral Fever:
Detecting the temperature (fever) is easy, but ascertaining the underlying cause of this condition can be hard sometimes. The medical practitioners at Medicover Hospitals are well-versed in diagnosing the root of medical problems. They have years of experience to ensure that you receive the best treatment and an accurate diagnosis.