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Is Viral Fever Contagious
Should not: Antibiotics are over-prescribed. They are totally ineffective against viral infections and have significant negative side-effects. They are given by some doctors because patients insist upon receiving one, because they are unsure what the diagnosis is, or because they may not understand the negative aspects of this behavior. This is happening less and less. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antivirals: There are antiviral medications available for some forms of infection. Hepatitis b and c, HIV disease, influenza, herpes simplex and several others. For the average common cold there is nothing but symptomatic relief available. Take Acetaminophen (tylenol), decongestants, etc. There are many otc products and your friendly pharmacist will be happy to guide you to the best. ...Read more
Likely sampling: If your kid is running around all day acting relatively normal you are less likely to take his/her temperature and realize it is up. When they are not sleeping well you check their temperature more often, so you are more likely to find it when they are expected to be asleep. The time of fever is incidental to the illness, not because the sun going down changes the pattern. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should we keep warm in viral fever or should we keep cold? Are there any home remedies worth suggesting?
Comfort: When you are ill with a virus, you do what makes you more comfortable. If you are chilled, that is your body's way of saying it wants your core body temperature higher (that helps fight the infection), so pile on the blankets. When fever breaks, you will sweat and feel hot - that's the clue to take the extra blankets and clothes off. Drink lots of fluids, and yes, homemade chicken soup does help! ...Read more
Viral fever got better but I feel tired and my body has been paining since 2 days. Have exams in 2 months. Tips to get better fast?
During viral fever I had bp 130/100 later it was ok 120/80.every time I have slight flu or cold bp rises, its for past 1 year. 5'4'' 62kg 31 y male?
BP: The flu or infection is a stressor and BP can rise. As long as BP is back to normal when we'll should be OK. ...Read more
Low grade diffuse: A fever is usually defined as a temp greater than 100.4 degrees. Saying that it is "viral" means that other causes such as bacteria are less likely. Why? Because a bacterial infection usually has a source, like the bladder, skin, lungs, etc. And follows typical historical qualities and physical findings. Diffuse upper respiratory infection symptoms along with a low grade fever suggests a virus ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rest: Get plenty or rest, stay well hydrated, and use Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen to help reduce the fever and body aches. The fever should start to resolve by day 3-4 of illness but can sometimes last a week. If you are getting worse instead of better you should see a doctor to make sure you don't have a secondary bacterial infection contributing to the fever. ...Read more
Best to not lower!: Your body goes to a lot of trouble to create a fever to help fight infection- your white blood cells work better & microbes don't survive at high temperatures. Thus, lowering fever sabotages your immune system & prolongs infections. If you're absolutely miserable you can take acetaminophen but it's better to tough it out! See http://tinyurl. Com/pqw26te consider homeopathy: http://tinyurl. Com/pzombx2 ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tips: Sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Fever/ pain – Acetaminophen / nsaid’s rest! ...Read more
I have suffered fro viral fever a week ago...And now my father is suffering from it....Will I again catch the fever?
YOU cannot: Only medical persons can test for streptococcal infection. It requires a simple swab test. It is extremely unwise to leave such an infection go untreated, as it could have life-long cardiac consequences. Viral infections are not treated by antibiotics, while strep (a bacteria) is. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 3 1/2 yr old has viral fever from last 2 days and has developed a barking dog like cough, is it serious?
I was having viral fever a week ago... and now my WBC is lower than 2600. what should I do to increase my WBC?
Live healthy: Interesting, while people classically think of infections causing your WBC to be elevated/high, it's not that uncommon to see low WBCs that are related to infections too. For the short time, just focus on living healthy, meaning eat well, get plenty of rest, and remain active but don't overdo it. You should have some follow up for this in the near future to make sure that your counts improve. ...Read more
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