Viral Infection

An infection caused by a virus is called a viral infection. The common viral infections include cold and flu, chickenpox, measles, herpes, mumps, and hepatitis. Viruses can spread quickly from one person to another, but vaccination protects us against some of these viruses.

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What can cause shivering during the day and weight loss?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a high-degree fever for few days. I took some high doses of Tylenol and Advil. I think it an overdose. Now, my fever is gone after taking medications. But I have shivering with a feeling of having a fever. When I checked it, I do not had fever. My bodyweight is getting reduced and I...  Read Full »

Dr. Nancy Wespetal

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You seem to have two concerns. You have taken Tylenol and Advil for fever. If you have taken more than 800 mg of Ibuprofen or 1000 mg of Tylenol, then these are considered an overdose and they can cause some side effects. The second concern is about your fever and w...  Read Full »

How to diagnose if an infection is viral or bacterial?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an IV treatment for fever.  I took four doses of Monocef 1 gm. My fever is gone, and I am feeling better. I still have a sore throat, and there is a lot of mucus generated. The mucus is transparent. How do I confirm that I have got a viral or bacterial infection? Since my fe...  Read Full »

Dr. Salah Saad Shoman

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The only way to differentiate between viral and bacterial infection is to take a sample of the mucus generated and to culture it in order to identify the causative organism. Your doctor must have anticipated that your infection as bacterial as you responded well to antibi...  Read Full »

Why am I feeling weak and cold with sneezing?

Query: Hi doctor,I have weakness in my body with the cold for the past two days. I have this problem because I slept in an air-conditioned room without wearing a shirt after taking a bath. Before four days, I donated my blood. Currently, I am feeling down with weakness, cold, and sneezing. I am not able to...  Read Full »

Dr. S D Sinha

Family Physician, Infectious Diseases Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to These symptoms appear as prodromal symptoms of a viral illness. You need to take proper precautions by avoiding unnecessary exposure to risk factors. You need to take antibiotics for five days and you can take tablet Cheston cold (Paracetamol, Cetirizine, and Phenylephr...  Read Full »

I have cold with feverish feeling. Can I take Biogesic consistently?

Query: Hi doctor, I have cold and feverish feeling from yesterday. But I do not have fever. I check my body temperature every now and then. I took Biogesic last night and this morning. But still, I feel unwell and heavy inside. My body temperature seems to be at 36 degree celsius. I do not have headaches ...  Read Full »

Dr. Aleph

General Practitioner, Family Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please mention whether you had a fever before taking Biogesic (Nimesulide). Please mention whether you have any joint pain or body ache, sore throat, pain during urination, and cough. Please mention whether you had any possible exposure with the people having these symp...  Read Full »

How to manage viral infection present with red rashes in my 4-year-old son?

Query: Hi doctor, I am looking to get advice for my 4-year-old son. He has red rashes on various parts of the body. He has large red patches on the lower stomach, upper legs, face, and on his neck. He does not have any skin problems in the past and the rash does not seem to be itchy. I have consulted two ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram


Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the case. Yes, your son can have two possible causes. The first one is a viral infection. For any viral infection, it takes up to six to seven days to get resolved. Your son needs proper bed rest and maintain good hydration. You can give Panadol syru...  Read Full »

My grandfather suffers from shoulder pain and wrist pain. How to help him?

Query: Hi doctor,My grandfather is 75 years old. He has severe pain in his right shoulder joint and bilateral wrist joints, especially more at night for the past two months. Just before a month, he was diagnosed as diabetic. His C-reactive protein level is 64 (reference value 0-6). Is it possible to have s...  Read Full »

Dr. Divakara P

Diabetologist, Endocrinologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Pain Medicine Physician, Pulmonologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It could be either due to arthritis or as a consequence of viral infection in the recent past. I recommend him to get the following tests done and revert back with reports. CRP (C-reactive protein), ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), serum uric acid, serum RA factor (...  Read Full »

What are the treatment options for abdominal lymphadenopathy in a child?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter, who is 5 years old, was detected with abdominal lymphadenopathy. Her ESR level is 62. She is also suffering from constipation and abdominal pain. Her doctor done blood tests, ultrasound and endoscopy followed by histopathology. The biopsy report shows chronic duodenitis with ...  Read Full »

Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Child Health Specialist, Family Physician, General Practitioner, Medical Gastroenterologist, Paediatrician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You should not worry. There is no evidence of cancer in the given scenario as such (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Lymph nodes in the abdomen are normal structure. The lymph nodes enlarge in the presence of infection and malignancy. Here, LN is not so en...  Read Full »

Please treat my fever, headache, and cough.

Query: Hi doctor, I have a fever for the past five days. The temperature goes down after taking medicines and it comes back again. I also have severe headache and cough. I was taking Biogesic and then I changed it and I am taking Bioflu now. Please help me.   Read Full »

Dr. Alexander Davis, Md

General Practitioner, Family Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I am sorry to learn about the condition. Please mention whether you have tested for COVID-19 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2). If not, you need to do it because your symptoms are consistent with COVID-19. It can also be another type of infection and you...  Read Full »

My wife is breastfeeding our child with a cold and fever. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My wife is breastfeeding our 6 months old baby. She was having fever and cold since yesterday. I need your medical advice.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad M. Hanif Md.

Cardiologist, Criticalcare Physician, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to This seems to be a viral infection and will most probably be self-limiting in 5 to 10 days. She needs to do gargles with lukewarm saline water (water with salt in it). I advise her to brush the teeth as usual twice a day, especially before going to bed. Ask her to take pl...  Read Full »

What is the root cause for my chronic fatigue for the past few years?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 51 years old. I have been fighting chronic fatigue for six years. It is like having the flu permanently. I have tried natural supplements, but I cannot seem to kick it. I have been doing a lot of reading lately, and I think the root cause is hormone-related. My symptoms seem to m...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Diabetologist, Endocrinologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I just read your query and your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and it appears that you have slightly high LH levels but thankfully, normal testosterone. It could be possible because of your natural supplements or possible food allergi...  Read Full »

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