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Seasonal ailments keep OPDs busy

Are you also home bound with high grade fever? Doctors say, don't hit the panic button until paracetamol tablets refuse to help lower your body temperatures. They claim most cases are of viral fever with upper respiratory tract symptoms. Jaya Shroff Bhalla reports. | Viral check

delhi Updated: Sep 24, 2011 01:50 IST
Jaya Shroff Bhalla

Are you also home bound with high grade fever? Doctors say, don't hit the panic button until paracetamol tablets refuse to help lower your body temperatures.



"If one has high grade fever with severe body pain for over three days and paracetamol refuses to help, it is time to get tested for dengue, malaria and chikungunia. There are antigen tests available for all the three, which help in immediate detection of the ailment," said Dr Rommel Tickoo, senior consultant at the medicine department of Max Hospital, Saket. Viral check

"If all the three test negative, then one should wait for 2-3 days. If it is a case of simple viral, then the chances are that the fever will die down after 3-4 days, but if it still doesn't then one should get a typhoid test done," he said.

"For the last two weeks, our OPDs have been packed with all kinds of fever ranging from simple viral fevers to dengue and malaria," said Dr Jasjeet Singh Bhasin, senior consultant and HOD at pediatric department at Dr BL Kapoor Memorial Hospital.

"It is important to start ruling out illnesses after the third day of fever. While simple viral fevers may take 4-5 days to die down and are mostly not fatal, dengue and malaria can cause death and need timely detection and proper management," he said.

"We are at least 10-12 physicians in the hospital and we are receiving all sorts of fever cases. In the last two weeks, the number of fever cases has gone up and most cases are viral fever with upper respiratory tract symptoms like runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, coughs," said Dr S Chatterjee, senior consultant, internal medicine at Apollo Hospital.

"There is another set of patients with headaches, body aches, joint pains and rash. These are not necessarily dengue or chikungunia. They are a strange viral which has not been identified yet," he said.

However, most doctors agreed that unlike 2010 when cases of dengue were much higher, this year they are receiving higher number of malaria cases.

"Besides unidentified viral cases which are by far the maximum, this season we are getting lots of malaria cases with low platelet count—typical of Yivax Malaria—simpler malaria, which is not dangerous," said Dr Chatterjee.