First Published on 30 October 2016 Edited & Updated on 25 August 2021
Dengue is also known as break bone fever. Pronounced as Dengee, it is a type of fever transmitted by the bite of mosquitoes that are infected with any four-dengue viruses. As a febrile illness, it affects the persons of all age groups from infants to the old. The most affected regions of the world are
- Southeast Asia
- The Indian Subcontinent
- Southern China
- The Pacific Islands
- Except Argentine, Chile and Paraguay, complete Central and South America
How does dengue spread in the body?
As a type of fever, dengue spreads in human body when a human is bite by an Aedes mosquito that has a dengue virus. The mosquito becomes more problematic when it bites a person infected with dengue virus in the blood. The fever doesn’t spread from one person to another, but it spreads when a dengue infected Aedes mosquito bites.
Symptoms of Dengue Fever
Almost the appearance of significant dengue symptoms takes 3-14 days after the mosquito bite. Here are some symptoms that can make you be sure that your loved one has this fever:
- Rashes on skin
- Mild bleeding from nose and gum
- Severe muscle or joint pain
- Incapacitating high fever
- Severe headache
- Pain behind the eyes
Keep it in mind that sometimes the symptoms of dengue are mild. Therefore, you are advised not to ignore mild symptoms. If the mild symptoms are ignored, there would be severe problems like the enlargement of liver, damage to blood or lymph vessels and the failure of the circulatory system. It can lead to even the death of the affected person.
Dengue Diagnosis – Get diagnosed soon
Consult your doctor soon after your visit of the tropical area. You also need to get in touch with your doctor if your fever doesn’t come down after one day. And your doctor will check the possibility of Dengue Fever through checkups. The doctor will advise you treatment options if the you have dengue signs and your test reports are positive.
Here I would not like to mention any specific medicine or method to help you get well soon. It will always be better for you to contact your doctor and follow his or her advice.
How to protect yourself from Dengue Fever
There is no vaccine like Chickenpox to help you stay protected from such a virus spread fever. It is better for all of us to be preventive and take all the possible steps to keep ourselves safe from dengue infection. For this, you need to do the following things:
- If possible, reside in less populated area
- Do not let the water collected in or around your residential complex
- Sleep inside the mosquito net
- Try to use air conditioner or keep your cooler water changing
- As far as possible, wear full-length outfit
- Consult your doctor soon, if you find any symptoms related to Dengue Fever