How to keep yourself Safe from Viral Fever

Viral fever is a term mostly used to describe a temperature. Viral fever is also accompanied with cold, cough and body ache. An infection known as influenza brings such kind of illness. Other types of the virus that can cause these symptoms are dengue and the cold virus.

Dr. Ramit Singh Sambyal Created on 28th Dec, 20
Dr. Ramit Singh Sambyal, best general physician in Vasant Kunj, Delhi

Viral fever is a term mostly used to describe a temperature. Viral fever is also accompanied with cold, cough and body ache. An infection known as influenza brings such kind of illness. Other types of the virus that can cause these symptoms are dengue and the cold virus. Its best to consult general physician in Safdarjung, New Delhi.

 

The symptoms of a viral infection are:

  1. 99°F – 103°F (37.2°C – 39°C) temperature
  2. Shiver and chills
  3. Muscle ache
  4. Sweat
  5. Headache
  6. Appetite loss
  7. Cold and cough
  8. Dehydration

Several viral infections have to take their course, and your body’s immune system has to counter them. But there are methods through which viral fever can be avoided and also methods to control the symptoms of infection. However, you have to first understand the reason you get a viral fever.

 

Causes of Viral Fever

Some of the reasons that you may get a viral fever are mentioned below:

  • Viral fever can transfer from one infected person to a healthy person when they contact each other. 
  • Consumption of contaminated water is the main cause of viral fever.
  • Eating Un-hygienic food can make your body weak and raise the cause of viral fever.
  • Living in a contaminated area causes viral infections as well.
  • Insects carry several viruses, and if they bite you or site on your food, it will also cause viral fevers such as malaria and dengue.
  • Exchange of blood with an infected person can cause viral fever.

 

Prevention of viral fever infections

Here are the ways you can prevent yourself from catching a viral infection:

 

  1. Wash your hands

This is a very good habit that we should follow as adults and tell our young ones as well. Our hands come in contact with so many surfaces from where we can get germs. Washing our hands well with soap is among the best ways to prevent acquiring an infection.

 

2. Cover your mouth and nose

Cover your mouth and nose is not just important when you sneeze or cough but also when someone around you does. Place a handkerchief or tissue over your mouth and nose it will prevent you from breathing in their germs and catching an infection. If you hear about an increase in the cases of viral fever, then it is efficient to wear a germ-prevention face mask.

 

3. Avoid direct contact with a sick person

Viral infections are contagious. They can pass on through direct contact with an infected person, so it is best to prevent to avoid such conditions. Keep children away from a person who shows symptoms as their immunity is still not fully grown. If you are in close contact while caring for a sick family member ensure yourself to follow the steps mentioned above to avoid catching the infection.

 

4. Prevent mosquito bites

Viral infections such as dengue spread through mosquito bites. You should use a mosquito repellent, a mosquito net while sleeping and keep the doors and windows of your home closed after sunset to decrease the possibility of getting a mosquito bite.

 

5. Managing a viral fever

Many times you take all the possible precautions, but still, you may catch an infection. If you start getting the symptoms of a viral infection, the first thing you should do is to consult a general physician. They can help you find out the type of infection you are having. The doctor will prescribe medication to manage your fever and keep you strong.

 

Besides the prescribed treatment, here are a few things that you can do to take care of yourself or a family member to make a swift recovery:

  • Use an ice pack to keep maintaining the fever.
  • Consume nourishing foods to keep your strength high and boost your immunity level.
  • It is significant to remain hydrated, drink plenty of water and take electrolytes that are a blend of sugar and salts.
  • Have plenty of rest so that your body has the chance to counter the infection.
  • Viral fever is very common, especially during the rainy season.
  • Prevention is better than cure, so take the necessary precautions and steps to remain healthy. If you or a family member falls ill, use the above-mentioned tips to get back to good health.

 

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