Viral fever refers to a wide range of viral infections, usually characterized by an increase in normal body temperature. It is quite common in children and old people due to lowered immunity. Viral fever, as the name suggests is a communicable disease. When a person coughs, sneezes, yawns or even talks they tend to spray tiny particles of fluid that contain bacteria and viruses from their body. If you are close enough, these bacteria enter your body through your nose or mouth and infect you. Once infected it takes from 16 hours to 48 hours to turn into a full blown infection. The symptoms include high fever, body aches, skin rashes and headache.
A blood test is prescribed in this case just to eliminate the case of bacterial infection as the virus is not detected in a blood test. If you are suffering from viral fever it is best that you take enough rest and have warm soothing food like soup and khichidi till you get better. If you have very severe symptoms like high fever, extreme body ache, etc. you should visit your doctor for some medicines to give you some symptomatic relief. A viral fever does not heal with antibiotics as they are not capable in killing the virus.
The common home remedies to deal with viral fever at home include -
1. Coriander tea
2. Dill seeds decoction
3. Tulsi leaves
4. Rice starch
5. Dry ginger mixture
6. Fenugreek water
Another thing to remember is that if you do have cold, viral fever or cough, avoid crowded areas, always cover your mouth with a clean hanky while coughing, sneezing or yawning.
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