Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease that claims at least 10,000 victims every year. Caused by the dengue virus, it is transmitted through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito.
Most people infected have mild or no symptoms. About 1 in 4 people infected with dengue will get sick. Mild symptoms of dengue may be confused with other illnesses that cause fever and flu-like illness but most people recover after about two weeks.
The symptoms to look out for include fever, intense headache, body aches, joint pains, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and skin rashes and mucosal bleeding. Sadly there is yet no specific treatment for dengue fever, but the adequate fluid intake and bed rest is important.
But there are well-proven ways of protecting yourself from getting dengue fever at all!
How? By taking a few simple and easy precautionary measures:
1. Apply mosquito repellent religiously
A mosquito repellent lotion or spray that is DEET free and contains natural ingredients like Citronella essence oil, lemon extract, eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil, is your best bet for keeping your family safe from mosquitoes while avoiding any side effects. There are many different kinds of repellents available in the market based on the ease of application and use. It is in recommended that you pick one based on your preferences.
Ease of Application and Usage
Cream or Gel Based Products | Before You Step Out of the House
Cream or gel-based repellents are meant to be applied directly onto your skin, just like a regular cream. These are good because you can always regulate how much you want to be applying and how much surface area you want to cover based on your needs.
It is better to use these repellents before you step out because unlike others, they take a bit longer to properly sink in, so it a while for the stickiness to go away.
Patches | Perfect for Children
The best way to protect your children from insects like mosquitoes without lathering up with lotion is by using repellent patches. Patches are easy to apply and are highly efficient.
All you have to do is peel them off the packaging and apply them on the outside of clothes. These patches provide up to 24 hours of protection!
Spray Types| Skin and Clothes Friendly
These types are great for those who want something that they can use not only on their skin but also on their clothes.
But just like a cream-based product, you must rub it in properly once you spray it on your skin, so it’s evenly spread.
Spray type repellents are recommended if you want something that is compact and you can carry with you.
No matter which repellent you choose, make sure you always carry it with you and apply it religiously.
2. Wear long-sleeves and long pants to cover your arms and legs
Clothing is one of the most basic and easy ways of making sure you aren’t a hot target for mosquitoes. Make sure you cover your arms and legs by wearing long sleeves and pants. Stick to light colours as they are less likely to attract mosquitoes than darker colours.
3. Make sure there is no stagnant water
Stagnant pools of water act as breeding grounds for all kinds of mosquitoes. To protect yourself from Dengue, make sure there’s no standing water anywhere, be it on toys left out on the lawn, plates under your flower pots or garbage in an open can.
4. Keep your feet covered
Mosquitoes get attracted to sweat and bacteria, making your feet a prime target, especially for Aedes mosquito, the Dengue virus. Make sure you keep your feet covered and clean to keep these deadly mosquitoes at bay!
Prevention IS better than cure but sometimes you can’t outrun a disease.
After the diagnosis and prescriptions, it’s still recommended to eat a diet that’ll help you recover faster and avoid certain food items completely.
What to eat:
Oranges: Oranges are rich in essential vitamins and minerals that help your body recover faster. Full of Vitamin C, which acts as an antioxidant, your diet should definitely comprise of oranges.
Dengue causes serious dehydration. As per doctor recommendations, keeping yourself hydrated during your recovery is super important. Coconut water does the trick here since it has more nutrients, electrolytes and helps in flushing out toxins.
Packed with iron, these little seeds help maintain the blood platelets count and help reduce fatigue and exhaustion. Thus making sure your body faster.
Spinach is rich in all the nutrients that help build and boost your immune system like vitamins, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids.
What not to eat:
Oily and Fried food
It is highly recommended to opt for a diet that is light on your stomach. This means cutting out your intake of oily and fried food that contains a lot of fat which may lead to high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Spicy Food is a big no for dengue patients as it leads to acid buildup in the stomach, causing painful ulcers. This hinders the recovery process.
Now that you know all there is to know about Dengue, the symptoms to look out for as well as precautionary measures, you can keep your loved ones safe and protected!