Viral fever is a broad spectrum of medical conditions where viral infection is associated with marked elevations of one’s body temperature. It encompasses a number of viral infections distinguished by their specific signs and symptoms. The infections may show generalized symptoms, but tend to affect specific body organs.
Physical manifestations include body aches, headaches and skin rashes. Viral fever may affect any age group. The only cure is symptomatic treatment and some are known to be highly contagious. Most varieties are not dangerous, but some progress rather rapidly, causing them to have fatal results eventually.
Viral Fever Symptoms and Signs
If you come down with a fever, it is a good idea to find out its cause by visiting the doctor and getting yourself checked. A virus spends some time incubating before the body shows symptoms, and one of the first signs of a viral infection is the chills, at which point it’s a good idea to take your temperature. If the thermometer reads somewhere between 100 to 103 degrees F (37.77-39.44 C), then this may be a sign of a viral fever.
In addition to fever, here are some of the other common viral fever symptoms:
- Itchy Throat
- Sore Throat
- Runny Nose
- Nasal Congestion
- Watery Eyes
- Red Eyes
- Body Aches and Muscle Pains
Viral infections can spread by inhalation of aerosolized particles, by ingestion of contaminated food or fluid, or by direct contact. The infection initially spreads locally, then absorbed into the bloodstream or the lymph channels. Some viral infections can be transmitted via sexual contact or direct inoculation into an individual’s bloodstream.
Antibiotics will have no effect on viral infections.