What is dengue fever?
Dengue fever is one of the most common mosquito-borne diseases in India. It causes a high fever and a rash in some people.
How does dengue spread?
The female tiger (aedes) mosquito spreads the dengue virus. Unlike most mosquitoes, dengue-causing mosquitoes bite during the day. These mosquitoes breed in warm, humid weather and in stagnant water. This is why the number of dengue cases increase during the monsoon season.
What are the symptoms of dengue fever?
- High fever
- Runny nose
- Mild skin rash
- Pain in the joints
- Backaches and headaches
- Loss of appetite
Most people with dengue feel very weak. This can last for some time after the illness.
Untreated dengue or severe dengue infection can develop into dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), which can cause bleeding, edema, liver failure, convulsions and even death.
What is the treatment for dengue fever?
If you have fever or any other symptoms of dengue, see a doctor immediately. As the symptoms of dengue and few other viral illnesses are similar, your doctor may ask for a blood test to confirm the diagnosis.
There is no specific cure for dengue, but there is treatment for the symptoms. Your doctor may prescribe paracetamol for the fever. Have lots of fluids and get enough rest.