Dengue – Know all about it

Dengue is also known as break bone fever. Pronounced as Dengee, Dengue 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 an old. The most affected regions of the world are

  • Southeast Asia
  • The Indian Subcontinent
  • Taiwan
  • Southern China
  • The Pacific Islands
  • Africa
  • Mexico
  • 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 symptoms of Dengue takes 3-14 days after the mosquito bite. Here are some symptoms that can ensure that your loved one has this fever:

  • Vomiting
  • Rashes on skin
  • Mild bleeding from nose and gum
  • Nausea
  • Severe muscle or joint pain
  • Incapacitating high fever
  • Severe headache
  • Pain behind the eyes

Keep it in mind that sometimes the symptoms 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.

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 and you’ll be given treatment if the symptoms are found and test reports are found positive.

Treatment

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 keep you 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 protected. 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



Disclaimer – The views and opinions mentioned here are the writers’ own thoughts or based on the talks held with some of the professionals of respective fields. Never consider the tips or ideas mentioned on Stay Young & Healthy as a substitute for physician’s advice. At Stay Young & Healthy, we strongly advise you to consult your doctor for more details.

  • Gunja

    Great information! To stay healthy, we should follow preventive methods and It will be better for all of us to be inside the mosquito net and try to stay away from highly populated area.