DENGUE FEVER MADE EASY
Written and reviewed by
AUTLS, CCEDM, MD - Internal Medicine, MBBS
General Physician, Faridabad
20 years experience
The principal symptoms of dengue are:
-high fever and at least two of the following:
-severe eye pain (behind eyes)
-muscle and/or bone pain
-mild bleeding manifestation (nose or gum bleed, petechiae, or easy bruising)
Watch for warning signs as temperature declines 3 to 5 days after symptoms/fever began, as this is the most dangerous period when platelet counts decline significantly. Report immediately to hospital if any of the following warning signs appear:
-severe abdominal pain or persistent vomiting
-red spots or patches on the skin
-bleeding from nose or gums
-black, tarry stools
-drowsiness or irritability
-pale, cold, or clammy skin
There is no specific medication for treatment of a dengue infection. Use analgesics with acetaminophen (crocin or dolo -650 mg) and avoid those containing ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin or aspirin containing drugs.
Take rest, drink plenty of fluids like coconut water, lime water etc. To prevent dehydration.
Avoid visiting heavily populated residential areas, if possible.
Use mosquito repellents, even indoors.
When outdoors, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants tucked into socks.
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