Fever is a temporary increase in body temperature beyond normal levels, often due to an illness. Fever is a symptom of illness, not a disease. Viral fever occurs due to an infection caused by viruses, which enter the body through inhalation (coughing and sneezing), contact with infected people or contaminated surfaces, unsafe food and water, contact with pets, cattle, and insects. People with a low immune system are at a higher risk of falling ill.
Common Symptoms of Fever (temperature above 98.6 F)
• Sweating + Headache + Loss of appetite + General weakness
• Shivering + Muscle pains + Dehydration
Tips to prevent viral infections
• Wash hands thoroughly especially after using the toilet; frequent hand-washing is the best way to prevent many common infections. Carry hand sanitizers if soap and water aren't readily available.
• Cover the mouth and nose while sneezing or coughing. Avoid contaminating hands; use a tissue or handkerchief.
• Try to avoid touching the nose, mouth, or eyes, as these are the main ways that viruses and bacteria enter the body and cause infection.
• Viruses are most commonly spread through food or water contaminated with faeces.
Avoid unfiltered water and roadside food.
* Store trash in rat-proof containers; clean them regularly and throw the garbage regularly.
* Close the doors and windows early in the evening to stop mosquitoes. Put wire mesh on windows and doors.
* Make sure there is no stagnant water in and around the house.
* Be physically active. A brisk walk for 30-40 minutes, five days a week, boosts the immune system by increasing circulation, oxygenating the body, purging toxins through sweat and releasing tension.
* Avoid alcohol and smoking. It makes the body weak and decreases the ability to fight viral infections.
* Stay away from sick people. Viral fever spreads when particles of the virus spread through droplets in the air if the sick person coughs, sneezes, or talks. So keep a distance and avoid physical contact.
* Getting immunized is the best way of preventing viral infections. Speak to the doctor regarding vaccination.
Avoid taking antibiotics without consulting a doctor. Antibiotics are medicines that kill bacteria they cannot kill viruses. So by taking them, you would unnecessarily suffer from side effects, such as acidity, stomach upset, and sometimes damage to the liver and kidneys.
Consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.