Viral fever- don’t get panicked- treat it online….!!!!
Your loved one is suffering from high temperature or in simpler words fever. You aren’t sure what it is. How to make an approach for the treatment? It could be a viral infection, bacterial infection or jus be slight variation of body temperature due to some metabolism activity within the body. Of all the mentioned reasons for variation of body temperature viral infection is the one you should be most worried about.
Viral fever refers to a broad spectrum of conditions where viral infections are associated with variations of body temperature. There is wide variety of viral infections, some of which can be identified by its symptoms and signs. Headaches, body aches and a skin rash characterize most of these viral infections. They are observed world-wide and can be found in any age group. Some are highly contagious, whereas most of them are not dangerous and self limited, but some can progress rapidly leading to death.
Most viral infections are spread by inhalation of aerosolized particles, by intake of contaminated water or food, or by direct contact. Some of the viral infections can be transmitted sexually or by direct inoculation into the blood stream. The duration of the primary infection may vary from days to weeks.
Once the virus enters the body, there is an incubation period when the virus multiplies to a level high enough to cause infection. This is followed by a prodromal phase of fatigue, malaise and body and muscle aches that may lead to the onset of fever. The fever may be low grade or high grade and remittent. Inflammation of the pharynx, a running nose, nasal congestion, headache, redness of the eyes, cough, muscle and joint pains and a skin rash could be present.
The diagnosis and management of viral fevers is based more on the clinical presentations, since these infections are commonly self-limited, investigations are unnecessary. The diagnosis is made by the typical history of fever with severe muscle and joint pains. Skin rash and lymph gland swellings have to be specifically looked for.
Treatment of viral fever is purely symptomatic with antipyretic and analgesic drugs. Bed rest and adequate fluid intake is advised. Specific antiviral therapy is not routinely recommended. Steroids are not advised as it may lead to bacterial super-infection. Only in cases of super-infection do antibiotics need to be prescribed. Complications of viral infections like pneumonia (viral or super-infection by bacteria) need to be addressed specifically by clearance of respiratory secretions and utilizing ventilator assistance if hypoxia is severe. Most viral fevers recover completely in a week although fatigue may persist for a few weeks.
Prevention of viral fever is highly difficult. They occur as epidemics of infection depending on their mode of spread. Good news is that since most infections are mild and self limited, one can be assured of a full recovery.
Once you see the symptoms of viral infections one should not avoid consulting a doctor before the infection could get fatal. If you don’t want to pay doctor a visit then you can always get doctor to yourself which is just a click away. The online health care facilities provide you with doctors to assist you round the clock at the ease of your home, workplace or even on the move. You can directly video-voice-text chat with the doctor online and discuss the symptoms of the patients with him/her. You will be surely be assisted with the best possible advice for the welfare of the patient.
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