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What causes viral fever related to delirium in the elderly?

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Dr. Srinivas Morampudi

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Dr. Nithila. A

Published At June 27, 2019
Reviewed AtMay 13, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My father is 57 years old. He is having 102.3 fever and also some confusion and disorientation. The physician he consulted did blood work and concluded it to be viral but the delirium started after the consultation. Getting worried. I can send the blood reports across. Please help.

Hello,

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If he has a fever and is delirious, it is not something that should be managed at home. Delirium can be due to toxic reasons (toxins can be substances released by microorganisms during an infection, prescription medicines or illegal drugs) or metabolic reasons (low or high blood glucose, electrolyte abnormalities, etc.), ischemia (lack of blood flow), etc.

So, I suggest that he should be seen again by his physician. The alternative would be to get him hospitalized. In the meanwhile, give him Acetaminophen (Tylenol) to keep the fever down. 650 mg can be given four to five times a day. Temperature itself can cause delirium. Please upload the blood work, so that I can take a look at them as well.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Srinivas Morampudi

Dr. Srinivas Morampudi

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