What are the Symptoms and Warning signs of Dengue Fever?
Dengue fever is a common mosquito-borne disease and its cases increase after rains in different parts of Pakistan.
In this disease, flu-like symptoms are experienced with a high fever. However, the sicker you are, the greater the risk of bleeding and death.
Researchers are working on a dengue vaccine but it is not yet ready, so the best way to protect yourself in areas where the disease is common is to avoid mosquitoes. But if someone falls victim to dengue, how will he know? So know its symptoms.
Many people experience no signs or symptoms of dengue infection.
When symptoms do occur, they may be mistaken for other illnesses, such as the flu, and usually begin four to 10 days after you are bitten by an infected mosquito.
Dengue fever causes a high fever — 104 F (40 C) — and any of the following signs and symptoms:
- Muscle, bone, or joint pain
- Pain behind the eyes
- Swollen glands
Most people recover within a week or so. In some cases, symptoms worsen and can become life-threatening. This is called severe dengue, dengue hemorrhagic fever, or dengue shock syndrome.
When a patient develops symptoms 4 to 10 days after being bitten by a mosquito infected with the dengue virus, most people mistake it for other illnesses such as the flu.
Dengue fever can be accompanied by symptoms such as headache, muscle, bone, or joint pain, nausea, vomiting, eye pain, swollen glands, and itching.
Most patients recover within a week, but the symptoms often worsen and the disease can be life-threatening. Also, Read An easy way to prevent diseases like Heart disease and Diabetes.
Dengue becomes more severe when the arteries are damaged and begin to leak blood, while the number of cells that help the blood clot (platelets) decreases. This can result in bleeding within the body, organ failure, and death.
Severe dengue is life-threatening and warning signs may appear a day or two after the fever subsides, including severe abdominal pain, frequent vomiting, bleeding from the nose or gums, difficulty urinating, blood in the vomitus, and difficulty breathing. Notable symptoms include shortness of breath or shortness of breath, fatigue, and irritability.
When to see a doctor?
As mentioned above, there is a risk of death if the severity of dengue increases, so in such a case, immediate medical attention should be sought.
Especially when there are cases of dengue around you, if you have a fever and other symptoms, you should consult a doctor and get tested.
If you have had dengue in the past, you are more likely to get a severe case of the disease again, while having a weakened immune system is also at risk.
Remember that dengue is not transmitted from person to person but only through mosquito bites.
Use mosquito repellents to prevent dengue.
If you have an AC at home, run it, try to prevent mosquitoes from coming in from windows and doors, and wear a shirt with sleeves and socks on your feet.
If someone in the house has dengue, take extra precautions to protect yourself and other family members because if the patient is bitten by a common mosquito, the dengue virus can be transferred to him, after which that mosquito can spread the virus further.
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