Have you ever thought how tiny mosquitoes can harm your health in a variety of ways? One bite can get you bedridden with fever, prolonged rashes, joint discomfort, and fatigue. If you are experiencing the same then it could be a sign of dengue fever.
What is dengue?
Dengue is a viral infection transmitted to humans through the bite of Aedes mosquitoes. Dengue fever is also known as breakbone fever or Aden fever. It is caused by any one of four types of dengue viruses and can lead to severe illness in some cases due to the drop in the number of platelets.

Dengue causes flu-like symptoms which usually begin to appear 4-10 days after the bite from an infected mosquito. The symptoms may include:

  • High fever (40°C/104°F)
  • Severe headache
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Nausea
  • Swollen glands
  • Vomiting
  • Rash
The disease can also have more severe symptoms like: Severe abdominal pain Persistent vomiting Rapid breathing Bleeding gums or nose Fatigue Restlessness Liver enlargement Blood in urine, vomit Cold or pale skin

The biggest risk factor for dengue is coming in contact with the Aedes mosquito. Some of the risk factors for the transmission of the virus include: 

  • Age: more severe in children because of low immunity
  • Pre-existing anti-dengue antibodies such as previous infection or maternal antibodies in infants
  • Traveling or staying in some tropical area
  • Prior infection with dengue virus
  • Hydration: Dehydration is a common problem in dengue. Make sure you intake enough fluids to stay hydrated.
  • Giloy: For dengue, the Giloy herb is quite effective in bringing down the temperature. It enhances immunity and combats infections.
  • Turmeric: It is an important spice to heal the body. It accelerates internal healing and boosts metabolism.
  • Neem leaves: Having neem water mixture increases immunity and strengthens the body.
  • Goat Milk: Goat’s milk is an easy and effective remedy to cure dengue as it is rich in selenium and increases the blood platelet count.

The best preventive method is to stay protected from mosquitoes. Some of the ways to avoid them include:

  • Disposal of mosquito breeding grounds such as water basins
  • Weekly covering, emptying and cleaning all domestic water tanks, vases and basins.
  • Applying mosquito repellent cream inside and outside the house.
  • Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Ensuring that window screens are secure and free of cracks.
Severe dengue is a medical emergency and requires immediate medical attention if the symptoms get worse. If you see any warning signs and symptoms, visit a doctor immediately.
Sarvodaya’s dedicated department for Infectious Diseases provides integrated care and service for all kinds of simple to complex infections. You can book an appointment through the website or call 18003131414.

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