Decoding Viral Fever- Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Options

Decoding Viral Fever- Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Options

Decoding Viral Fever- Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Options
  • Healboat
  • October 31st, 2018
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One dreadful thing that the weather change brings with it is the viral fever. Almost every house has one person who is suffering from fever. With fever come other troubling signs and symptoms like severe headaches, cold, cough, body pains that leaves the person exhausted. There are a lot of questions that comes in mind with the viral fever like what body temperature is dangerous, its symptoms, causes and much more. To make you ready for the fight against the viral fever here we have outlined the comprehensive aspects related to viral fever like its causes, symptoms and the treatment options.

What is viral fever?

The normal body temperature of the human body is about 98.6°F (37°C). If the body temperature of the person is more than that the person is said to be suffering from the fever. Further the fever becomes the viral fever when the fever is caused by the underlying viral illness.  Usually the viral fever range from 99°F to over 103°F (39°C) that totally depends upon the underlying virus. In many viral infections the common symptom is the mild fever however when a person suffers from dengue fever it may result in high fever.

Signs and symptoms of Viral fever

When a person suffers from viral fever there are number of signs and symptoms that starts to appear apart from the high fever. Some of these symptoms include the following-

  • Feeling cold unreasonably.
  • Shivering
  • Lack of appetite
  • Dehydration
  • Depression
  • Hyperalgesia, or increased sensitivity to pain
  • Feeling lethargic
  • Unable to concentrate
  • sleepiness
  • sweating

Causes of Viral Infection

As the name suggests the viral infection is caused by the virus that are small infectious agents. The human body fights with this virus through fever.  This is because the fever can help in killing many kinds of viruses. There are number of causes of viral infections as mentioned below-

  1. Inhalation- The virus spreads when the person suffering from it sneezes or coughs near other people they can breathe in droplets containing the virus.
  2. Ingestion- The food and drinks can become contaminated with viruses and the people eating them can become ill.
  3. Bites- The bites of animals and insects can carry viruses their bite can make the person develop infection.
  4. Bodily fluids-When the body fluids are exchanged between two person the virus is passed from one person to another thus there a possibility of developing fever in other person

Treatment of Viral fever

Like many other diseases most of the people suffering from viral fever does not require any specific treatment. Thus, treatment is not provided to cure the fever but is aimed at managing the signs and symptoms that comes along with it.  Some of the treatment options for viral fever include the following-

  1. Over the counter medicines- Some over the counter medications like the acetaminophen or ibuprofen are prescribed to the patient to treat fever and the symptoms accompanying it.
  2. Rest- Taking adequate rest is very important in order to heal faster and stay healthy.
  3. Staying hydrated-When a person suffers from fever his body become dehydrated  due to which he may feel  tired and ill. Thus it is important that a person should stay hydrated and replenish the fluids lost due to sweating.
  4. Taking lukewarm water bath- Bathing with lukewarm water helps in bringing the body temperature of the person down.
  5. Antiviral medications- The patient must consume the antiviral medications like the oseltamivir phosphate in whichever case it is applicable.


The viral fever can be treated with the use of treatment options however the precaution is always better than cure. Thus, every person must be well aware about its symptoms and causes to detect it at early stage or to prevent it respectively.


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