How can you tell if you have dengue or not?

initial symptoms of dengue

The initial symptoms of dengue are quite like those of influenza or malaria. Get your blood work done if you suspect dengue.

Dengue has become a menace for the modern world. In recent years, it has claimed several victims and has grown in incidence all over the country.

The initial symptoms of dengue

That you have contracted dengue and not malaria, influenza or chikungunya becomes clearer only when the disease sets in after a week of incubation. Till then, you might notice some initial symptoms of dengue – but you might confuse them with the flu or an ordinary fever. These include:

  • Fever or skin that feels hot to the touch
  • Headache
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Loss of appetite
  • Swollen tonsils
  • Body pain

These initial symptoms of dengue are concurrent with the symptoms of high fever brought on by influenza or malaria. Only a blood test can determine whether you are incubating the dengue infection or not. If you suspect that your symptoms point to dengue and are not just a fever or body pain, do undergo a blood test and get medical attention at once. Delayed treatment can often result in the illness taking a serious turn.

How to cure dengue

A course of medication, bed rest, eating light, non-oily food and drinking lots of water can help you get better. There is no vaccine against the dengue virus, so prevention is your only bet against it.

You can prevent dengue if you are aware of how to get rid of mosquitoes that bite and transmit the infection to humans. You need to practice extra vigilance to ensure that you and your loved ones remain safe.

These are some of the ways that you and your loved ones can remain safe from dengue:

  • Take a survey of all the spots where freshwater may be standing for long periods of time. These are sites of mosquito breeding. You can find them in puddles of water outside your house, or in plant pots, pots on the roof, water stored for a long time in buckets, etc. Remove these immediately so that mosquitoes cannot breed near your home.
  • Spray the house with Mortein mosquito killer spray. It removes even lurking mosquitoes and kills them in seconds. Your home soon becomes mosquito free.
  • Use a plug-in vaporiser that creates a barrier between your home and the outside. Mortein has a good one in this category – it is completely safe to use and it keeps all mosquitoes at bay.
  • When you are outdoors, slather some mosquito repellent cream on the exposed parts of your skin. Wear loose cotton clothing that does not touch the skin constantly – mosquitoes are able to bite through clothing fibres, so tight, body hugging fabrics are not ideal.
  • Light a mosquito repellent card under the table when you are having an outdoors meal or are sitting outside. The card gives off a gentle smoke that keeps mosquitoes away.

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