Q. I had fever, and I am stable now. Should I continue the prescribed steroids?

Answered by
Dr. Radha Peruvemba Hariharan
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 11, 2021

Hi doctor,

I am having fever for the past one week. I have already seen a doctor and started medication, and I am feeling stable now with a minor headache. Should I still take steroids that have been prescribed?



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If your fever has subsided and you do not have any lung signs, I suggest you not to take steroids unnecessarily.

Did you do RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) for COVID-19?

Even for COVID, we give steroids only if you have a fever that is not subsided with tablet Paracetamol or has other complications.

Take proper diet.

Drink plenty of fluids.

Take a rest, and you will be fine.


Thank you doctor,

I had laboratory tests done two days back, as adviced by the doctor. CRP was 3 mg/L, D dimer was 0.49, Ferritin 8.11 µg/L, and chest X-ray was clear. And I never had a cold, cough, and loss of smell or taste. However, RT-PCR has not been done. I did not start taking medicines.



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You do not need to take any medicines now. However, you may get a slight rise in temperature till the second week. For that, I suggest tablet Paracetamol only.

Tiredness, muscular pain will last for a week.

I suggest a Vitamin supplement.

Take Vitamin C and protein-rich foods, fluids, fruits.

Take rest. However, you can walk around the house, no need to be bedridden.

Take care.


Thank you for the advice doctor,

I do get muscle pain and headaches at times. My temperature remains around 990F throughout the day. It has been nine days now.



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For muscle pain and headache, I suggest tablet Paracetamol 750 mg, nothing else necessary.

If you develop any respiratory symptoms (unlikely, since it has been eight days), you have to consult again.


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