Every year, an increasing number of dengue cases are reported across the world. Dengue fever, which is transmitted through the bite of the female Aedes mosquito, is characterised by certain signs and symptoms like fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, and skin rash.
Dengue fever is prevalent mostly in subtropical and tropical areas such as Central and South America, certain parts of Africa, parts of Asia, the Caribbean, and the Pacific.
The article, ‘Dengue fever: Symptoms, treatments, and prevention,’ published in MedicalNewsToday, by Mike Paddock, says one way to prevent the disease is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes in the first place. Dengue can vary from mild to severe with severe forms including dengue shock syndrome and dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF).
Symptoms of mild dengue fever include:
• Severe joint and muscle pain
• Body rash that can disappear and then reappear
• Sudden high fever
• Nausea and vomiting
MeDINDIA says the symptoms of dengue typically develop anywhere between 3 to 14 days, but usually start within 4 to 7 days of infection, and may last from 7 or 10 days.
Although, there is no medication or treatment specifically for dengue infection, you can use pain relievers to reduce the fever, headache, and joint pain.
Note: Certain medicines like aspirin can cause bleeding and should be avoided. Consult your doctor before taking any medicine.
Also, there are certain home remedies that might not cure dengue but can ease the symptoms a little.
HomeRemedyHacks has listed some home remedies for dengue such as papaya leaves, coriander leaves, banana, pomegranate juice and coconut water. However, most of these food items are just supplemental cures and not formal treatments.
Know more about home remedies for dengue in detail, why timely and accurate diagnosis is the need of the hour, and whether a patient can be affected by dengue a second time by going through this ClipBook.
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