ٹائمز آف انڈیا – وائرل فیورز میں محفوظ اور فوری امداد کے ل home ہومیوپیتھی کا رخ کریں

ٹائمز آف انڈیا – وائرل فیورز میں محفوظ اور فوری امداد کے ل home ہومیوپیتھی کا رخ کریں

ٹائمز آف انڈیا – وائرل فیورز میں محفوظ اور فوری امداد کے ل home ہومیوپیتھی کا رخ کریں


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‘Suffering from viral fever’ or ‘getting a viral’ are phrases that start doing the rounds during changes of season. This phrasing is peculiar to urban India, the illness or illnesses that they refer to, however, are not. Viral fever is a term which is used to broadly refer to fevers arising from a viral infection. In theory, they can be any viral infection which gives rise to a fever. In practice, however, they are most commonly used to refer to fevers caused by the influenza virus. The phrase may also be used to refer to fevers which arise from infections caused by other respiratory viruses. Occasionally, this phrase is incorrectly used to refer to bacterial infections of the respiratory tract, like infections involving the upper respiratory tract.

The symptoms of these sorts of viral infections are usually fever – generally mild to moderate (up to one hundred- and two-degrees Fahrenheit), body ache, headache, weakness, running nose and throat irritation with or without a cough. Patients may sometimes complain of symptoms involving the digestive system like stomach cramps or loose motions before the fever sets in. These symptoms typically last twenty-four to forty-eight hours and then abate. Patients may start feeling unwell a day or two before the fever begins. A feeling of complete well-being may only return two to three days after the fever has gone.

These symptoms and the period of suffering may vary according to age and the presence of other illnesses. Infants, younger than twenty-eight days of age need to be closely monitored. Older patients may manifest symptoms for longer periods of time and with increased severity. The presence of other illnesses like bronchial asthma or hyper-reactive airway disease may result in more severe symptoms. Frequently, the viral infection resolves but is followed by an acute episode of asthma or allergic cough, or an exacerbation of allergic conditions of the skin which may take longer to resolve. The increased prevalence of viral infections during changes of seasons overlaps the preponderance of asthmatic episodes during the same period, aiding this sequence of events.

Depending on where the patient is based and other prevalent infections at the time it may sometimes be apposite to rule out other, more serious, viral infections like Dengue.

Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics. It is important to avoid the use of antibiotics in these cases unless a bacterial infection is, at least, clinically confirmed. In conventional medicine, the best advice is to use an anti-pyretic like Paracetamol. This does not reduce the period of illness but is able to provide transient relief by lowering the body temperature.

Although, considered to be a ‘safe’ drug, indiscriminate usage by patients seeking quick relief is often seen. This may lead to severe erosion of the lining of the stomach and other symptoms. It may also lead to liver damage.

Homeopathic treatment provides safe and quick relief in viral fevers. Specific medicines like Rhus Toxicodendron, is very commonly prescribed to bring down fevers and relieve symptoms like body ache and malaise. Bryonia Alba is another common medicine which may be given along with Rhus Toxicodendron to address the respiratory symptoms. These two medicines are able to lower the chances of the patient suffering from prolonged cough after the fever has gone: a phenomenon commonly seen in patients who have aggressively managed their fever with anti-pyretics.

We also see patients with prolonged (more than ten days) low grade fevers. This is seen in patients who may have managed their fever with excessive doses of anti-pyretics or indiscriminate and incorrect consumption of courses of antibiotics. Homeopathy can relieve the fever in these patients who come to us in distress as they appear to have reached the end of the road in terms of conventional medicine.

Although, viral fevers are being discussed, writing a few lines about typhoid and one of its diagnostic tests, the Widal test,will not be remiss. Patients often report that they are suffering from typhoid fever based on the persistence of fever beyond four days and a ‘positive’ Widal test. Many laboratories perform the Widal test as part of their ‘fever panel’. The Widal test used to be an effective tool to aid the diagnosis of typhoid but it is no longer considered so. There are various technical issues regarding this, but it is important to remember two points: first, the Widal test cannot detect an infection unless at least seven days (sometimes considered to be fourteen days) have passed since the appearance of symptoms. Second, in endemic regions (like most parts of India), the Widal test is unable to reliably detect an active infection and frequently provides a false positive result. If you suspect you have typhoid fever, please meet with a doctor for a clinical examination which may lead to a specific contemporary testto confirm it. Most of these self-diagnosed and laboratory ‘confirmed’ cases of typhoid turn out to be cases of the flu.

In cases of viral fevers, patients avoid taking rest and continuing work or school. It is important to take adequate rest as your body copes with the infection and tries to overcome it. Not getting adequate rest and proper treatment initially, may result in far more missed days of work or school.

Consider turning to homeopathy should you contract a viral fever for its safe and quick management.

Dr. Kushal Banerjee is a second-generation homeopath at the renowned Dr. Kalyan Banerjee’s Clinic, CR Park and has over a decade of experience in the practice. He is also a member of the British Register of Complementary Medicine, England and has lead-authored research on homeopathy with collaborators from the University of Oxford and Imperial College, London.

DISCLAIMER: THIS ARTICLE DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE
The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only. The purpose of this article is to promote a broader understanding of homeopathy in the treatment of various health conditions. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this article.

By
Dr. Kushal Banerjee
M.D. (Hom.), MSc (Oxon)