I recently had a viral fever. I also suffer from scary dreams and sweating when I wake up. Is it normal?

Q. How to deal with scary dreams?

Answered by
Dr. Ashok Kumar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 10, 2023

Hi doctor,

I have been sick for the past week. Initially, it was cold, cough, and mild fever. But in the last few days, I have had a high fever (102.5), so I got admitted. I had blood tests that predicted that I had a viral fever. They gave a prescription of tablets along with cough syrup that I have been taking since last night. But now while sleeping, I had dreams which present as I am burning, and getting heat waves. These dreams felt so real that I even want to share them with my friend but I thought they are not so important as I forget about the burning feeling. But, I again felt the same in my dream but it was quite long this time nearly about two minutes, and, in those two minutes, I was burning and felt horrible. Suddenly, I woke up, and that whole suffering condition disappeared it was very bad I was sweating a lot and my heart rate was faster than normal. I have never felt anything like this before, it was like I was crying out so badly in my dream. I do not know what will happen tonight after having my medication. I think, I am still unwell and should get admitted. But the dreams are so vivid. So, I just want to know if this has ever happened to anyone. Please answer.

Thank you.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query and understand your concern. I would say it is normal to have dreams, even scary dreams. But the recurrence of such scary dreams in a short span of time needs further evaluation. And in your case, the first possibility is the effect of medication. Please mention the prescribed medicine and content of your cough syrup as it is possible that one or another content could cause you such dreams.

Thank you.

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