I have symptoms like fever, headache, rashes, and sore throat. Are these signs of COVID or Nipah infection?

Q. Does having fever, headache, rashes, and sore throat indicate an infectious disease?

Answered by
Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 31, 2022 and last reviewed on: Jul 12, 2023

Hi doctor,

After returning from a family gathering in my native country last month, I have had a fever, headache, rashes on my arms and legs, and a sore throat. I want to know if these are symptoms of a COVID-19 or Nipah infection? I have not lost any taste or smell senses. I am confused.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern.

Your symptoms appear to be due to a viral or bacterial respiratory infection. COVID-19, influenza, or monkeypox may have induced it. If you have visited an endemic area, it might be the Nipah virus. Nipah virus (NiV) infection can cause mild to severe disease. Symptoms arise 4 to 14 days after the virus exposure. The symptoms include fever and headache for 3 to 14 days and respiratory infections such as cough, sore throat, and trouble breathing. Following this, brain swelling (encephalitis) may occur with symptoms such as tiredness, disorientation, and mental confusion, which sometimes can quickly progress to coma within 24 to 48 hours. Because you have rashes, it is conceivable that you may have monkeypox. Fever, malaise, headache, weakness, and other symptoms were initially seen during the prodromal phase. The development of enlarged lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy) may be widespread (involving many distinct regions on the body) or restricted to certain areas (for example., neck and armpit). Shortly after, a rash appears. Lesions typically begin to develop simultaneously and evolve together in any given part of the body. Lesions proceed through four phases before being scanned and resolved. Typically, the disease lasts 2 to 4 weeks. The rashes could be due to other viral illnesses. Kindly attach the images of the rashes and medical records for further evaluation. For now, I suggest you take these medications for fever. Tablet Paracetamol 650 mg once daily if required when the body temperature is more than 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit. And tablet Montair LC (Montelukast 10mg and Levocetirizine 5mg) once daily for seven days.

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