Do’s and Dont’s of Viral Fever,

Fever is not a disease.

It is a sign that your body is fighting against some infection. Viral infections are common and symptoms include chills, headache, fever, weakness, loss of appetite and body aches. These symptoms usually last for a few days. In most cases a viral fever does not require antibiotics or specific treatment. Treatment commonly comprises of rest and providing relief from symptoms.

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Following Do’s and Dont’s would help improve common symptoms of viral fever and make the patient feel better.

Do’s :

1. Take adequate rest. Rest will aid recovery.

2. Drink plenty of fluids like warm water, coconut water, lime water -salt -sugar, fresh buttermilk, homemade soups and broths etc.

3. Do cold sponging or tepid water sponging at regular intervals.

4. Check the temperature with a thermometer and don’t just guess it! Record temperature and keep a log.

5. See a doctor if symptoms persist for 2-3 days or worsen. Also look for the following symptoms: high grade fever (more than 100 F in infants, 102 F in kids, and 103 F in adults), frequent vomiting, severe headache, chest pain, difficulty in breathing, neck stiffness, confusion or convulsions. Consult a doctor immediately if any of these symptoms are evident.

Don’ts:

1. Do not use excess garments or thick layers of clothing or thick blankets during fever. Wear light, loose, cotton cloths.

2. Don’t skip bathing. Bathing in lukewarm water helps feel better.

3. Do not starve. If there is loss of appetite, include small quantities of calorie and protein dense foods such as boiled egg, groundnut laddu, milkshakes etc.

4. Do not perform strenuous activities.

5. Do not take over the counter medications and antibiotics without consulting a doctor. Unnecessary antibiotics can do more harm than good.