Dengue Fever: Symptoms, Prevention, and When to Seek Medical Attention

Dengue Fever: Symptoms, Prevention, and When to Seek Medical Attention

What is Dengue?

Dengue, also known as break-bone fever, is a viral infection that spreads from mosquitoes to people. It is more common in tropical and subtropical climates.

Mild dengue fever causes a high fever and flu-like symptoms. The severe form of Dengue, also called Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever, can cause serious bleeding, a sudden drop in blood pressure, and death.


Most Common Symptoms

Many people experience mild signs like a mild fever; however, the most common symptoms are:

  • Headache
  • Muscle, bone, and joint pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Pain behind the eye
  • Swollen glands

Most people recover within a week, but in some cases, symptoms worsen and can become life-threatening. In these cases, severe symptoms are a consequence of blood vessels becoming damaged and leaky. This can lead to shock, organ failure, and death.


How to Prevent Dengue?

To prevent dengue, you can take the following precautions:

  • Use insect repellent.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Avoid stagnant warm water, such as residual water in containers and some natural ponds.
  • If you are in an area where mosquitoes are very common, try to stay in a well-screened house, especially during the afternoon, from 5-7 pm.


When to See a Doctor?

Severe dengue fever can be a life-threatening medical emergency. Seek immediate attention if you have developed any of the warning signs and have been recently in an endemic area.

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