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Viral or dengue fever? Know the dealing facts

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These days, the most common reason to seek medical advice is fever. Although most people are being affected by the seasonal viral fever, another viral fever dengue is making a big concern. People often get confused whether it is a serious illness like dengue or just seasonal fever. Whatever may be the type of fever, we can easily handle it with certain measures.
Viral fever is quite common during changes in weather. People affected by viral fever experience fatigue, chills, body aches, headache and rise of temperature. Whereas, dengue fever, carried by Aedes aegypti type of mosquito has severe headache, pain behind the eyes, severe muscle and joint pain (for severity of pain it is called break-bone fever), rash and bleeding manifestation.
However, classical dengue fever or ordinary dengue fever is very difficult to distinguish from seasonal fever. Dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF) is serious and usually occurs in second exposure to dengue virus. People who have suffered from dengue classical fever are prone to develop DHF.
Whatever may be the symptoms, certain things are always required medical attention.
* High fever lasts one week
* A feeling that you are about to faint
* Trouble or shortness of breath
* Sore throat or hoarseness that does not go away even after 10 days
* A cough that lasts for more than 2 weeks
* Disoriented feeling or confusion
* Any bleeding manifestation like gum bleeding, red spot under skin, eye etc.
To deal with any fever the following principles will help you to handle fever effectively.
* Sponge your body with tepid water several times a day to lower the temperature
* Drinking a lot of fluids will help to loosen mucus and to prevent dehydration. Drink water little by little for optimum benefit. Additionally, take clear soups, fruits juices or warm water often
* Take anti-pyretic drug like Paracetamol until temperature returns to normal limit
* Antibiotics do not help in viral fever. Do not take antibiotic unless prescribed by a registered physician
* Do not take aspirin as it is very harmful in dengue fever
* Gargling with salt water can help with sore throat. Throat lozenges can relieve the pain
* Avoid active and passive smoking.

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