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What Are The Symptoms of Dengue Fever?

October 14, 2019
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What are the symptoms of dengue fever?

  1. Symptoms of dengue fever
    1. High fever
    2. Nausea and vomiting
    3. Skin rash
    4. Pain behind the eyes
    5. Headaches
    6. Severe joint and muscle pain
  2. Symptoms of severe dengue fever
    1. Blood in urine, vomit, or stools
    2. Difficulty breathing
    3. Fatigue
    4. Constant vomiting
    5. Extreme abdominal pain
    6. Bleeding (nose bleed, bleeding gums, or easy bruising)
  3. What is dengue?
  4. Treatment plan
  5. Preventive measures

 

In August 2019, the Department of Health (DOH) declared a National Dengue Epidemic in the Philippines. This was due to over a 98% increase in cases compared to the previous year. There have been approximately 146,000 confirmed cases since the start of the year alone. It is important for you to be aware of this potentially deadly disease.

There are symptoms that can help you differentiate a normal fever from dengue fever. To be more certain, set up an appointment with Las Piñas doctors for a professional diagnosis.

Read on to learn more about the dangers of dengue fever.

 

Symptoms of dengue fever

 

Symptoms will start to appear four to seven days after the initial bite from an infected mosquito. The sickness will last for over two to seven days. The first and most common sign of dengue is a high fever. It will be accompanied by two or more symptoms from this list.

These are the symptoms of dengue fever:

  • High fever
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Skin rash (appears 2-5 days after the start of fever)
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Headaches
  • Severe joint and muscle pain

Keep an eye out for these symptoms in order to treat them quickly. A large percentage of people recover in around a week’s time. Treating the symptoms early can prevent the worsening of the disease into severe dengue fever.

 

Symptoms of severe dengue fever

Severe dengue fever is life-threatening. It is dangerous when the levels of platelets (clot-forming cells) in the bloodstream rapidly drops. This is because it could lead to dengue hemorrhagic fever. Worsening could also cause damage to blood vessels.

These are the symptoms of severe dengue fever:

  • Extremely high fever
  • Blood in urine, vomit, or stools
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Constant vomiting
  • Extreme abdominal pain
  • Bleeding (nose bleed, bleeding gums, or easy bruising)

If you catch these symptoms, make sure to bring the patient to the nearest medical center. This will greatly affect their chances of surviving and getting better.

 

What is dengue?

 

Dengue is a viral infection caused by infected mosquitoes. It causes a severe flu-like illness that could worsen into more intense symptoms. The virus is passed on through the bites of infected mosquitoes. They acquire the sickness by feeding on the blood of another person infected with dengue. That is why it is important to be aware if someone in your community is diagnosed with the disease. You must take even more preventive measures to eliminate any infected mosquitoes.

Now that you know what dengue is, how can it be treated?

 

Treatment plan

Unfortunately, as of the moment, there is no treatment for dengue fever. Make sure that you catch the symptoms early on in order for you to rush to a medical center as soon as possible. Doctors will treat the symptoms as best as they can in order to prevent them from worsening.

At home, drink paracetamol to relieve pain and control the fever. Avoid medicine with aspirin in it, as it can make bleeding even worse. It is also important that you drink plenty of fluids and get lots of rest to aid your body in recovery.

One of the best ways to treat dengue is to avoid people from getting it in the first place. Here are some preventive measures that you should know.

 

Preventive measures

 

In order to prevent the multiplication of disease-ridden mosquitoes, it is important that you eliminate any place they can lay eggs in. This refers to places where water could accumulate such as old tires, empty vases, and bottle caps on the ground.

It is also important that we protect ourselves and the people around us. Wear clothing with long sleeves, use insect repellant, and try to sleep with a mosquito net over your bed if you prefer to keep your windows open.

The Department of Health created the “4S Strategy” in hopes of reducing the cases of dengue in the country. It is being implemented all over the region as this disease wreaks havoc on a nationwide scale.

  1. Search and destroy mosquito breeding places
  2. Self-protective measures like wearing long sleeves and use of insect repellent
  3. Seek early consultation on the first signs and symptoms of the disease
  4. Say yes to fogging if there is an impending outbreak

These are some of the symptoms of dengue fever that you should be aware of.

 

Key Takeaway

Dengue fever is a deadly disease that currently has no cure. The best we can do is be more aware of its symptoms in order to catch it early on. If your loved one is showing two or more symptoms from this list, get them checked by Las Piñas doctors right away.

We can do our part to reduce human exposure to dengue-infected mosquitos. Cover up when you go outside, put on mosquito repellant, and eliminate potential places where they can lay their eggs. Make sure that you follow the preventive measures listed above to protect your community from this sickness.

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