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How To Avoid Dengue And Malaria?

How To Avoid Dengue And Malaria?

In this rainy season, there are many mosquito breeding places around you.

1. Try to avoid water collection. Fresh or old.
2. Avoid dark, shady area and corners.
3. Use mosquito repellants whenever going out in day or night.
4. Get insecticides sprayed around your house or offices.
5. Drink plenty of water and eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
6. Watch for headache, joint pain, fever, yellow urine and talk to your doctor early treatment will save complications.
7. Start malaria prophylaxis before, during and after travel.
 

Chikungunya Fever - How To Diagnose It?

Chikungunya Fever - How To Diagnose It?

The tiny mosquito can pose a lot of health issues. While malaria was the only dreaded disease until some time ago, the incidence of chikungunya is constantly on the rise. In fact, the nonspecific symptoms and absence of vaccination make it extremely difficult to prevent and diagnose this in the early stages.

Causes: First described in the African continent (Tanzania), the word chikungunya means “to walk bent over” in the Makonde or Kimakonde language. This appearance is because of the effect on bones, leading to severe bone and joint pains. More than 90% of the people who are bitten by the infected mosquito develop symptoms.

Chikungunya is a member of the Togaviridae family and is transmitted by bites of the infected female mosquito. In rare cases, the infection can spread through blood transfusions of the infected person.

After entering the bloodstream, it divides and multiplies rapidly in different types of cells including epithelial cells, endothelial cells, and connective tissue cells. These produce the symptoms including the rashes and the joint pains.

Symptoms: The challenge with chikungunya is that there is no specific, telltale symptom indicative of the condition. The patient develops nonspecific symptoms as below, somewhere between 4 to 7 days after the infected mosquito bite.

  1. High fever (as high as 40 degrees Celsius)

  2. Pain involving multiple joints which can be debilitating

  3. Headache

  4. Nausea and vomiting

  5. Muscle pain

  6. Skin rashes

  7. Swelling around the joints

  8. Conjunctivitis

Though the disease is not fatal, it can be quite limiting. The fever and other symptoms may disappear within a week, but the joint pains can last up to 6 months to a year.

Diagnosis: A blood test is the most diagnostic test for confirming the disease. Dengue fever and Zika virus need to be ruled out, as their presentation is very similar.

Treatment: There is no definitive treatment for this condition and it is mostly symptomatic.

  1. The patient is advised rest to recover from the fever and fatigue

  2. Pushing fluids, including juices and electrolytes is recommended to prevent dehydration

  3. Fever needs to be managed with antipyretic medications

  4. Joint pains are managed with nonsteroidal painkillers

  5. Avoid aspirin as it increases the tendency to bleed

  6. Physiotherapy is recommended to improve severe bone/joint pains to improve mobility and reduce swelling

  7. Check with your doctor to see if your regular medications need to be revisited

There is no vaccine to prevent chikungunya, though virus like particles that can be a potential vaccine are in the final stages of trials. Prevention of mosquito bites is also highly recommended as an important step in controlling the disease.

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Homeopathic Remedies For The Monsoon Season!

Homeopathic Remedies For The Monsoon Season!

The monsoons have arrived. And rains are a great delight especially after the scorching heat of summer. The cloudy sky, the downpour and lush greenery all around make the season a beautiful time to enjoy and get relief from the harsh and sweaty summers. 

But monsoons also brings several diseases due to change of weather, food and water contamination, and breeding of mosquitoes in stagnated waters. Many people get sick during the monsoon as the damp and filthy conditions give the insects and pathogenic micro-organisms a good scope to multiply and spread diseases like dengue, malaria, typhoid, viral fever, common cold, gastrointestinal disturbances, etc. 

The due precaution to be taken to prevent them are:

  1. Drink plenty of water. Prefer boiled water as drinking clean water is important in order to prevent water-borne diseases. 
  2. Don't forget to carry your umbrella and raincoat with you always. 
  3. Avoid getting wet in the rains.
  4. Wear full sleeved shirts, pants and socks while going to sleep.
  5. Use mosquito repellent on the body.
  6. Avoid eating raw foods during monsoon. 
  7. Wash the vegetables and fruits properly with clean water before consuming. 
  8. Remember to take bath every time you get wet in the rain or after coming back to home as taking a bath helps in normalizing our body temperature.
  9. Have warm water or herbal tea. Keep your body dry and moderately warm to avoid cold and cough.
  10. Don’t enter air-conditioned rooms with wet hair and damp clothes.
  11. Dry your feet whenever they get wet. 
  12. Don't allow your children's to play near stagnant water or water filled puddles.
  13. Avoid eating street food. Eat fresh, home-cooked meals.
  14. Don't smoke and avoid drinking alcohol as it will decrease your immunity. 
  15.  Wash your hands thoroughly before eating and after you have visited the restroom.

A little effort on your part coupled with care and caution can really help you enjoy this monsoon to its fullest. Happy Monsoon! 

What are the symptoms of fever and malaria. What precautions should have to take in malaria.

What are the symptoms of fever and malaria.
What precautions should have to take in malaria.
Hello Lybrate User, Symptoms of malaria include high fever, rigors, sweating, headache etc. Avoid mosquito bites. Take care.
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What is the effect of malaria and symptoms and also symptoms of high blood pressure.

What is the effect of malaria and symptoms
and also symptoms of high blood pressure.
Some people who have malaria experience cycles of malaria "attacks. An attack usually starts with shivering and chills, followed by a high fever, followed by sweating and a return to normal temperature. Malaria signs and symptoms typically begin within a few weeks after being bitten by an infected mosquito. F your blood pressure is extremely high, there may be certain symptoms to look out for, including: severe headache. Fatigue or confusion. Vision problems. Chest pain. Difficulty breathing. Irregular heartbeat. Blood in the urine. Pounding in your chest, neck, or ears.
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What are the symptoms of malaria how can I prevent malaria and medicine when affected.

What are the symptoms of malaria how can I prevent malaria
and medicine when affected.
Malaria infection is generally characterized by the following symptoms: fever. Chills. Headache. Nausea and vomiting. Muscle pain and fatigue.
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Sir, what are the symptoms of malaria? What are the medicine of malaria? What step should be taken to prevent it?

Sir, what are the symptoms of malaria? What are the medicine of malaria? What step should be taken to prevent it?
Symptoms of malaria are chills, fever and sweating, usually occurring a few weeks after being bitten.
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What is the symptoms of malaria and what can I do for it my friend is suffering from this illness.

What is the symptoms of malaria and what can I do for it my friend is suffering from this illness.
Headache body ache tremors fever with chills do sponging body with cold water get blood tested for type of malaria plenty of water and electrolyte powder if fever sweating antimalarials as per type of malaria. Paracetamol for fever tepid singing if high fever.
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Hi, I Just bought ciprofloxacin 500 mg and artemether 20 mg+lumefantrine 120 mg tablet. Because am feeling prickly sensations on my organ. Is this ok?

No, it is not ok. Who suggested you these medicines. Better return them and consult for proper treatment.
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What are the symptoms of malaria? What are the causes for malaria? What are the early precautions need to take for ignoring malaria?

What are the symptoms of malaria?
What are the causes for malaria?
What are the early precautions need to take for ig...
Hello Lybrate user malaria causes high fever with rigors, sweating, vomitings etc. It is caused by mosquito bites. Avoid mosquito breeding places like stagnant water etc keep your surroundings clean use mosquito nets or repellent to avoid mosquito bites. Take care.
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