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Dengue Fever - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

What is Dengue Fever? What are the symptoms of Dengue ? How can you prevent Dengue fever? Treatment of Dengue fever:

What is Dengue Fever?

Dengue fever is an extremely debilitating and painful mosquito-borne disease which is caused by a four dengue viruses. These viruses can also cause yellow fever and West Nile infection. Dengue fever usually occurs in the tropical regions of the world. Dengue is more prevalent in:

  • South and Central America (except Argentina, Paraguay and Chile).
  • Africa
  • Mexico
  • The Caribbean region.
  • The Pacific Islands.
  • Taiwan
  • Southern China
  • Southeast Asia
  • The Indian subcontinent.

What are the symptoms of Dengue ?

Dengue fever occurs due to the bite of the Aedes mosquito which is infected with a dengue virus. The mosquito gets infected when it bites an infected person. It cannot be directly spread by direct blood contact. The symptoms of Dengue fever can be misdiagnosed as a viral infection or flu. If Dengue fever goes undiagnosed for a long time, it can be extremely fatal and can even cause death. Dengue fever can escalate to dengue hemorrhagic fever which is characterized by enlargement of the liver, bleeding from the gums & nose, damage to the blood vessels and lymph nodes, high fever and failure of the circulatory system. This is also known as dengue shock syndrome (DSS). People who have an extremely weak immune system are at a higher risk of developing dengue shock syndrome (DSS).

How can you prevent Dengue fever?

  • Try to maintain distance from a heavily populated housing or residential area.
  • Use a mosquito repellent cream while leaving your house, especially in the evenings.
  • Try to be fully clothed when you are outdoors, preferably long pants, long sleeved shirts and socks.
  • Use air conditioning whenever you are indoors.
  • Shut all the windows and doors at your home especially during the evening.
  • Try to avoid keeping stagnant water near your home. Clean your sewers and take steps to prevent water clogging in your area.
  • Get rid of the places and surroundings where mosquitoes can breed. Such places include flower pots, cans and old tires. Also change the water in your pet’s water dish and bird baths regularly.

Treatment of Dengue fever:

Till date no medications have been discovered which can completed cure the infection. Pain, headache, and discomfort caused by the fever can be controlled by consuming pain relievers and antibiotics. Ibuprofen and aspirin should be avoided because it can cause uncontrollable bleeding. It is advisable to get yourself admitted in the hospital if you experience symptoms of Dengue fever.

Popular Questions & Answers

Hiii sir, 20 days back I consult a phy, dengue positive has come, so i'm taking antibiotics and dolo 650 from past 25 days, but sir still i'm not cure, all reports are clear, platelet count also above 3lakhs, but sir still my body is not good, feeling very uneasy. Pls give some suggestions.

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After effects of dengue will remain for 3 month. You have to have good diet and drink lots of fluids. Don't take ibuprofen. Take only paracetamol 650. In case of fever.
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What is the normal wbc count for dengue fever and by which symptoms show the high risk of dengue fever?

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Generally Platelet count drops below normal and WBCs may be low to normal. General supportive care with medication required. For medication consult in private
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What is the symptoms of dengue fever because I am having it before many months without any gap in a day.

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Dear lybrateuser, -Symptoms of dengue include high fever, headache, especially behind eyeballs, muscle and joint pain weakness, body rash & in severe cases bleeding from internal organs and organ failure.
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What is the symptoms of Dengue fever. We have a doubt. My friend is really scared. Please tell.

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Dengue Fever And It's Management By Ayurveda!

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