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What is viral fever and what are its symptoms? How to prevent viral fever? The best way to treat it.

Updated: Jul 17, 2023

What is viral fever in general?

Fever caused by any virus is viral. This is a disease that occurs especially during the change of seasons, whenever the weather changes, due to the fluctuation of temperature, the immune system of our body weakens and the body comes under virus infection quickly.

It can also be said that due to change in weather, disturbance in eating habits, or physical weakness, viral fever also occurs. Viral fever weakens the immune system of our body, due to which viral infections reach very fast from one person to another. Generally, the symptoms of viral fever are similar to common fever, but if it is neglected, the person's condition can become very serious.

According to Ayurveda, when there is a viral fever, all the three doshas of the body proliferate and show different symptoms. Especially in this, due to Kapha dosha, it slows down the gastric fire or dies of hunger.

Viral Fever | The Best Way It Can Be Treated

Causes of Viral fever:

Viral fever usually occurs due to the weakening of the immune system due to the change of seasons. But there are other reasons other than this due to which fever comes.

  • Consumption of contaminated water and food,

  • Due to pollution, fine particles present in contaminated air enter the body,

  • Lack of immunity,

  • Living with a patient with viral fever.

Symptoms of viral fever:

  • Symptoms of viral fever are similar to those of normal fever, but ignoring it can make the condition serious as there is a possibility of the virus growing in the absence of treatment. It is usually an infection spread by air and water, it is more during the rainy season.

  • Viral infection can occur at any age but is more common in children. Children are more prone to viral fever due to change in weather as their immunity is not fully developed. In such a situation, symptoms like tiredness, cough, infectious cold, vomiting, diarrhea are seen in children and dehydration can also occur due to high temperature.

  • Apart from this, there are some other common symptoms such as fatigue, pain all over the body, increased body temperature, cough, joint pain, diarrhea, skin rash, chills, sore throat, headache, in the eyes. Redness and burning, vomiting, and diarrhea.

  • Generally, it takes 5-6 days for the viral fever to be cured. In the initial days, there is a problem like sore throat, fatigue, cough. But due to lack of treatment, it can also prove fatal changes.

How long does viral fever last?

Viral fever usually takes 3-5 days to recover, but in the absence of treatment, this duration can increase to 12-14 days and in the absence of treatment it can prove to be fatal.

Ways to prevent viral fever:

Taking some precautions such as making some changes in lifestyle and eating habits can prevent this disease from occurring.

  • Boiled vegetables, green vegetables should be eaten in the food.

  • Avoid contaminated water and food.

  • Boil water first and drink it lukewarm.

  • Avoid coming in contact with a patient suffering from viral fever.

  • Follow proper diet during the change of season.

  • To keep immunity strong, adopt Ayurvedic treatment and good lifestyle.

Home remedies to get rid of viral fever:

Generally, home remedies are adopted to get relief from viral fever. These contain those things that are easily found in the house or the way to use them is easy. Let us know about them in detail.

  • Viral fever is a virus-infected problem, so antibiotics should not be given in it. This fever can last for a minimum of 3-5 days and a maximum of two weeks. Ayurvedic medicine is the best for viral fever, it brings the vitiated doshas into equilibrium.

  • Ginger is very beneficial in the pain caused by viral fever. Mixing some honey in ginger paste and taking it after a while provides relief.

  • Put fenugreek seeds in a glass of water and leave it overnight and filter this water in the morning. Drink this water in small amounts every two hours.

  • Cinnamon acts as a natural antiviral in viral fever, providing relief from symptoms such as cough-contagious cold and sore throat. Put a teaspoon of cinnamon powder and two cardamoms in a cup of water and boil it for five minutes. Filter it and drink it hot.

  • Coriander seeds enhance the power of our immune system to fight viruses and bacteria. The volatile oil found in coriander effectively cures viral fever.

  • Put two teaspoons of raisins in a cup of water and let it swell. After half an hour, grind it in this water and filter it and drink the juice of half a lemon mixed with it.

  • Boil 5-7 basil leaves and one teaspoon clove powder in one liter of water. Drink this in the amount of half a cup every two hours.

  • Taking one finger thick or 4-6 long giloy, 400 ml. Boil in water. 100 ml Boil it till it remains and drink it. It strengthens immunity and prevents frequent colds and fevers.

  • Boil one teaspoon black pepper powder, one teaspoon turmeric powder and one teaspoon dry ginger powder by adding a cup of water and some sugar. When this water becomes half after boiling, then cool it and drink it.

  • Make a powder by grinding 2-4 cloves, now mix it with one spoon of honey and take it thrice a day.

  • Tulsi is very beneficial. So give a decoction of basil. You can make Tulsi tea. Tulsi drops are also beneficial with lukewarm water.

  • Due to viral fever, there is pain and cramps in the limbs, in such a situation, massage the hands and feet with mustard oil cooked with garlic.

  • Take the powder of Kakadasingi and Peepal, mix them in equal quantity and feed it to children in the amount of half a teaspoon with a teaspoon of honey. Do this experiment twice a day.

  • Drink plenty of fluids when you have a fever. So that there is no shortage of water in the body. Also, digestion should be easy.

  • Turmeric and dry ginger powder have immunity-boosting properties and due to this property consumption of this mixture helps in reducing the symptoms of viral fever. If you are suffering from viral fever, then take turmeric and dry ginger powder after consulting an ayurvedic doctor.

  • According to Ayurveda, both lemon and honey have immunity-boosting properties. That is why we recommend the use of lemon and honey in case of viral fever. For this, you can consume lemon juice and honey mixed in a glass of lukewarm water. This mixture also detoxifies the body and also increases immunity.

When should you go to the doctor:

  • Viral fever is generally considered to be a common disease, but when its symptoms become complicated and the fever does not subside for more than a week, then it is necessary to consult a doctor.

  • Generally, no test is needed in case of viral fever, but if the fever does not subside, then it is advisable to get a complete blood count (CBC) done so that the infection can be detected in the blood. A viral antigen test (VAG) or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) may be recommended by the doctor if the condition is not clear with a complete blood count (CBC).

FAQs on viral fever and Covid-19:

1. What is viral fever and how is it different from corona viral fever? What is the duration of common viral fever and corona fever?

Ans: The duration of normal fever is at most one week and after a week this viral fever is cured with or without treatment. On the other hand, if we talk about fever in coronavirus, then its duration is 14 days.

2. What is the difference between COVID-19 and virus fever?

Ans: In common viral fever, lymphocytes increase inside our blood, whereas in fever caused by corona, it is less. The ESR is in the blood of normal people will be normal, but this ESR increases in fever caused by corona.

Apart from this, C-reactive protein also remains in normal condition in common viral fever, whereas in the case of coronavirus, C-reactive protein will increase here. This means that the coronavirus causes acute inflammation, even more, acute inflammation occurs than other viruses, due to which there is a lack of oxygen in the body and the person suddenly gets pneumonia.

That is to say, the rest of the virus is not so serious yet. They will definitely affect the body but only for a certain time period but the COVID-19 virus is no longer common. It has changed itself and now due to this, the high mortality rate has increased among the people.

What are the opinions of our experts?

  • There is a very subtle difference between the two and it is difficult to recognize. The initial symptoms are very similar to each other but it is possible to detect them if monitored. In flu or viral, where cold, cold, cough, headache, burning eyes, and watery eyes are the main symptoms, in COVID-19 dry cough, shortness of breath, and high fever are the main symptoms. If there is difficulty in breathing with a high fever, then understand that coronavirus is nearby.

  • A coronavirus-positivcoronavirus-positive person gets pneumonia within a week. Respiratory failure i.e. suffocation and septic shock i.e. spreading poison in the body are its different stages. This means that most coronavirus-positive people die either from suffocation or due to the spread of the virus in the body. Common flu or viral has a mild infection, which can be treated by drinking hot water and similar home remedies, but in the case of coronavirus this is not the case.

  • If there is a sore throat or mucus problem, it may not be a symptom of coronavirus. Generally, a sore throat can also be caused by not cleaning the stomach, eating fried and junk foods or drinking contaminated water. In that case, you don't need to worry. Keep in touch with your nearest best doctor from time to time. Keep following the instructions issued by the Health Department and Govt.

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Ayurvedic recommended medicines:

Anasth M Avaleha, Anasth M Tablet, Ancough Syrup, Ayush Kwath Powder, Sanjeevani Vati, Amritarista, Sudarshanghan Vati, Ayush-64 (A product produced by IMPCL, MOA, Govt of India), Pippli Churna, Yashrimadhu Churna, Pratisyayahara Vati, Tribhuvan Kirti Rasa, Laxmivilas Rasa, Visham jwarantak lauha, Hinguleshwar Ras.


All the above are compiled by Dr. L. K Singh (Ayurveda Specialist, Clinical Research Scientist, Pharmaceutical Consultant, Lifestyle Advisor, Clinical-SAS Expert, Hospital Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Administration Consultant) on the basis of his study and practical performances. The information on this page is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. We do not recommend any of the above medicines to directly intake or to do use this information for diagnosis or ayurvedic treatment without consulting the Ayush doctor.

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