When the body temperature rises due to an infection caused by influenza viruses, it is called a viral fever. Besides high fever, these viral infections can also cause headaches, cough, cold, body aches, burning in eyes, nausea, and vomiting. There are a variety of viral infections ranging from the common cold to the flu that can affect the human body. Viral fevers with a temperature above 41°C can trigger convulsions and is extremely life-threatening.
Viral fevers are usually seen among older adults and children whose immune system is weak. Although fever is not an illness, it might be a symptom of underlying viral infection.
The most common symptoms of viral fevers are:
Shivering caused by chills
Feeling hot and sweaty
Muscle/ Body/ Head Ache
Cough and cold
Loss of appetite
Taking antibiotics won’t cure viral fevers. Antibiotics will only work on bacterias and not on viruses. Those with a poor immune system are highly recommended to get a flu shot before the flu season. Flu shots can help especially during the senior years when the immune system may be compromised. Although viral fevers are not fatal, it is advisable to seek medical assistance to avoid complications. Home remedies do not treat viral fever but guarantee comfort. A bowl of hot soup, vaporub, keeping warm help the patient feel good.
Viral fevers and its symptoms can be taken care of to a large extent with prevention techniques. The conventional preventive methods like washing your hands before and after having food and covering the mouth and nose while sneezing and coughing are the best ways to avoid catching as well as spreading viral infections. It is important not to have direct contact with a sick person as viral infections are very contagious. Always keep children away from those people who exhibit symptoms of viral fevers because children, especially infants have an immune system that is not developed fully. Mosquito bites are also a leading cause behind viral infections like dengue. Using mosquito repellents and mosquito nets while sleeping can reduce the chances of mosquito bites. It is also advisable to shut the doors and windows before sunset to avoid mosquitoes entering the home.
Despite taking preventive methods, it is common to catch viral infections, especially during flu season. But viral fevers are easily curable if given medical care at the right time. It is advisable to seek medical assistance as soon as a patient starts exhibiting the symptoms. The patients are also recommended to stay hydrated all while getting good rest. Eating healthy foods that makes the immune system stronger will help a patient recover from viral fevers sooner. However, once a human body gets infected with a virus, it takes nearly three to ten days to get disinfected with the virus. So it demands immense patience and regular medications to beat viral fevers.