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Viral Fever is Knocking Your Door, Here’s What You Need to Know

Children, pregnant women, and people with multiple diseases should maintain extra vigilance.

Yukta Mudgal
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Image Source: Unsplash, Canva

As the weather is taking a swing, transitioning from winter to spring, people across the country are as much delighted as precautious. With March comes a flux of viral fever and common cold. Headache, high body temperature, fatigue, cough, and cold are a few symptoms of viral fever. If you have these symptoms, it’s time for you to take some initiative. 

Viral fever is transmitted through exposure to an infected person’s bodily fluids, such as yawning, sneezing, and coughing. It can also be triggered as dust enters the lungs. Here are a few suggestions from Dr Sidhant Pandoh, consultant physician at Adarsh Hospital, Malviya Nagar, that you can implement to save yourself from viral fever and the common cold.

Precautions to Take

One of the precautions to falling bait to viral fever is to have healthy food such as a lot of fruits and also to have a good night's sleep, says Dr Pandoh. Another measure is avoiding alcohol and smoking during this season. “The main area one needs to focus is on building immunity by practicing a balanced lifestyle,” he says.

Reasons Behind the Viral Fever

Due to weather changes, the human body becomes susceptible to various viruses such as adenovirus, and rhino-enteroviruses. The weather is erratic — sometimes it rains, sometimes there is too much sunlight, and on some days it’s cold. This, in turn, has changed people’s eating and lifestyle habits such as wearing t-shirts, having ice-creams and cold water.

Is This COVID?

Clearing the air around COVID-19, Dr Pandoh says, anyway COVID also carries a virus similar to viral fever. These days so many patients are coming to Outpatient Departments (OPDs) that it is not quite possible to perform a COVID test for everyone. People need not worry about the flu as the human body is capable enough to fight the virus. However, for people with pneumonia or other health issues COVID-19 tests are arranged, he says

A Word of Caution

Cautioning about the flu, Dr Pandoh says that kids, pregnant women, and people with multiple diseases should maintain extra vigilance. He says, “Even those who have not caught the fever should wear masks, avoid public gatherings, and maintain basic hygiene such as washing hands frequently.” Moreover, patients should completely avoid consuming medicines without a doctor’s recommendation, as it can worsen their condition rather than improve it.

One need not panic as viral fever is quite common when the weather transitions. Dr Pandoh says that taking regular steam and rest can relieve a patient from the fever. Moreover, taking proper medication from family doctors could prove to be beneficial at this stage.

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