Dengue Fever

Dengue is a viral fever transmitted by the bite of an Aedes mosquito infected with a dengue virus. Aedes mosquito becomes infected when it bites a person with dengue virus in their blood.  dengue fever doesnot spread directly from one person to another person.

Symptoms of Dengue Fever

Symptoms, which usually begin four to six days after infection and last for up to 10 days.

  • Sudden, high fever
  • Severe headaches
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Severe joint and muscle pain
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Skin rash, which appears two to five days after the onset of fever
  • Mild bleeding (such a nose bleed, bleeding gums, or easy bruising)

Dengue hemorrhagic fever is a severe, potentially deadly stage of dengue. Bleeding appears as tiny spots of blood on the skin and larger patches of blood under the skin. Minor injuries can cause bleeding. The symptoms may progress to massive bleeding, shock, and death. This is called dengue shock syndrome (DSS).

Shock can lead to death. If the person survives, recovery begins after a 1-day crisis period.

People with weakened immune systems as well as those with a second or subsequent dengue infection are believed to be at greater risk for developing dengue hemorrhagic fever.

Diagnosing Dengue Fever

Dengue can be diagnosed with a blood test to check for the virus or antibodies to it.

Treatment for Dengue Fever

There is no specific medicine to treat dengue infection. 
Doctors may advised to use pain relievers with acetaminophen and avoid medicines with aspirin, which could worsen bleeding. 
You should also rest, drink plenty of fluids.

If you start to feel worse in the first 24 hours get to a hospital immediately to be checked for complications.

Preventing Dengue Fever

There is no vaccine to prevent dengue fever. The best way to prevent the disease is to prevent bites by infected mosquitoes.


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