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Monsoon has rolled into town, bringing along not only welcome respite from the heat but also our unwanted guests: dengue mosquitoes. Dengue fever can be a painful ailment, causing severe flu-like symptoms, but there’s no need to panic. We’ve got you covered with all the know-how to prevent this illness and enjoy the rainy season to the fullest. So, let’s dive in!
First and foremost, recognizing dengue symptoms is crucial. These include high fever, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, joint and muscle pain, rash, and mild bleeding such as nose or gum bleeding, or easy bruising, may occur. If you or anyone around you show these signs, consult a doctor immediately.
When it comes to protection, don’t just stop at the mosquito nets and repellents; go the extra mile. Consider using window and door screens or closing them during early morning and late afternoon when dengue mosquitoes are most active. When you’re outdoors, especially in lush green areas, wearing clothing that covers most of your skin can be a good idea. Remember, dengue mosquitoes are day biters, so take precautions throughout the day.
When it comes to protection, don’t just stop at the mosquito nets and repellents; go the extra mile. Consider using window and door screens or closing them during early morning and late afternoon when dengue mosquitoes are most active.
When you’re outdoors, especially in lush green areas, wearing clothing that covers most of your skin can be a good idea. Remember, dengue mosquitoes are day biters, so take precautions throughout the day.
Did you know certain plants act as natural mosquito repellents? Planting basil, lemongrass, or marigolds around your house can help keep mosquitoes at bay. Burning camphor or spraying natural oils like citronella and lavender can also deter these pesky creatures.
Boosting your immunity is another effective way to combat dengue. Incorporate more Vitamin C rich fruits like oranges, lemons, and kiwis into your diet. Green leafy vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains can also strengthen your immune system.
Staying hydrated is equally essential. Make a habit of drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water a day. Add ORS, coconut water, or freshly squeezed fruit juices to keep up your body’s electrolyte balance.
Now, let’s talk about health. Maintaining a balanced diet, staying hydrated, and getting enough sleep are crucial for a healthy immune system. If you’re wondering about a special monsoon diet, add foods like garlic, pepper, ginger, and turmeric, known for their anti-inflammatory properties and immunity-boosting abilities.
In case you get infected, don’t panic! Most dengue cases can be managed at home with proper rest, hydration, and medication as prescribed by your healthcare provider. However, it’s essential to monitor symptoms closely, as severe dengue can sometimes lead to complications.
In rare cases, dengue fever can develop into severe dengue, also known as dengue hemorrhagic fever or dengue shock syndrome. This severe form usually starts to show signs 3-7 days after the first symptoms and can include stomach pain, persistent vomiting, rapid breathing, bleeding gums, fatigue, restlessness, and blood in vomit.
It’s vital to get medical attention right away if any of these severe symptoms occur. Early detection and access to proper medical care at Dharamveer Solanki Hospital can significantly lower the risks of complications and progression to severe dengue.
You might ask, “Isn’t there a vaccine to prevent dengue?” Yes, there is. However, its use is subject to certain conditions and is not universally recommended. Talk to your healthcare provider to understand if it’s a suitable option for you.
Remember, dengue is entirely preventable. By adopting these practices, we can not only protect ourselves but also help reduce the overall dengue threat in our community. So, let’s pledge to stay safe and enjoy the bliss of the monsoon rains, minus the fear of dengue.
Stay healthy, stay happy, and let’s beat the buzz together!
Dr. Pankaj is an eminent surgeon with an experience of more than 8 years in General and Minimally Invasive Surgery. He did his fellowship in Minimal Access Surgery from AMASI and completed his Diploma in Minimal Access Surgery from AMASI university. He has worked at various government and private hospitals. He has exceptional skills in performing general surgeries. He displays brilliant decision-making capabilities especially during emergency situations.