Rajasthan: Fluctuating temperature leading to more cases of viral fever
Many patients are complaining of a persistent cough even after getting cured.jaipur Updated: Jan 19, 2018 22:08 IST
The number of patients suffering from viral fever is on the rise due to fluctuation in the day and night temperatures. In the last 15 days, the daytime temperature has been hovering between 23 and 27 degree Celsius, while the minimum temperature has ranged between 7 and 12 degrees.
Sawai Man Singh hospital medicine department’s Dr Raman Sharma said that 15-20% patients coming to the hospital are suffering from upper respiratory infection (URI). “Patients come with complaints of throat ache, cold, cough and fever,” said Dr Sharma.
He added that many patients are complaining of a persistent cough even after getting cured. “The patients develop post viral allergic bronchitis, due to which the cough remains for a few days and then goes away on its own,” said the doctor.
At Jaipuria hospital, from around 3,000 patients, who come to the government hospital every day, 10-15% are suffering from viral infections.
“Due to the warm weather during the day, people stop wearing woollens while travelling and drink cold beverage, which affects the throat and it then develops into a viral infection. Such people should wear woollens at night when the temperature dips,” Dr Rakesh Hirawat, who is from the department of medicine at Jaipuria hospital. He added that the elderly and children should be careful during such a period when the temperature keeps fluctuating.
Dr Hirawat said that people with throat ache should drink warm water and use black pepper and ginger to soothe their throat. “People should also avoid physical contact with those suffering from cold and cough,” he said.
Meanwhile, 28 patients have tested positive for swine flu on Thursday in Rajasthan of which 21 were from Jaipur. According to the health department, from January 1 to 18, a total of 427 people have tested positive for H1N1 and 25 people have died in the state.
Swine flu is a self-limiting infection, with hospitalisation needed only for high-risk populations, such as people over 65 years and children.