How to Treat Dengue and Its Symptoms?
How to Treat Dengue and Its Symptoms?ડેન્ગ્યુ રોગ શુ છે, તેના લક્ષણો અને બચવાના ઉપાયો
Once you contract one of the dengue viruses, you develop immunity to that virus for the rest of your life. However, you can still contract the other three viruses, so it’s possible to get all four dengue viruses in your lifetime. The viruses that cause dengue fever are related to those that cause yellow fever and West Nile virus infection.
Dengue has been on the rise in India since the last 5-6 years. Children are most vulnerable to this disease not only because they have a weaker immune system but also because the dengue -spreading mosquitoes bite during the day while most of us adults are indoors (either at home or office) and our children are in school, either playing, having lunch at school grounds etc. As soon as they come home and rest for a while, it’s time for their evening playtime!
Hence it is important for us to understand how we can prevent diseases like dengue and chikungunya, especially in children.
We suggest you learn more about dengue before you proceed on learning preventive techniques, symptoms and treatment.
We have previously published an article on 5 ways to prevent dengue amongst children; make sure you read that as well.
Symptoms of Dengue Fever
Symptoms, which usually begin four to six days after infection and last for up to 10 days, may include
- Sudden, high fever
- Severe headaches
- Pain behind the eyes
- Severe joint and muscle pain
Skin rash, which appears two to five days after the onset of fever
Mild bleeding (such a nose bleed, bleeding gums, or easy bruising)
Treatment for Dengue Fever
There is no specific medicine to treat dengue infection. If you think you may have dengue fever, you should use pain relievers with acetaminophen and avoid medicines with aspirin, which could worsen bleeding. You should also rest, drink plenty of fluids, and see your doctor. If you start to feel worse in the first 24 hours after your fever goes down, you should get to a hospital immediately to be checked for complications.
Dengue is a virus, so there is no specific treatment or cure. However, intervention can help, depending on how severe the disease is.
For milder forms, treatment includes:
Preventing dehydration: A high fever and vomiting can dehydrate the body. The person should drink clean water, ideally bottled rather than tap water. Rehydration salts can also help replace fluids and minerals.