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4 Ways to Protect Yourself from Dengue Fever

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Updated: 12 Oct 2023
Published: 06 Sep 2018
Protect Yourself from Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease which affects a large number of people every year. The disease is caused by dengue virus and transmitted to a person through the bite of Aedes mosquitoes. According to doctors, the number of dengue fever cases rise during the heavy monsoon season, and if patients experience any early symptoms of the condition, they should get a pathology test done at the earliest.

Symptoms of Dengue Fever

Let us now look at some of the most common symptoms associated with dengue fever:

  • Severe headache
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Excessive muscle and joint pain
  • High fever
  • Skin rash

In severe cases, dengue fever can develop serious complications leading to a rare disease known dengue hemorrhagic fever. Few symptoms of this disease include:

  • High fever
  • Circulatory system failure
  • Liver enlargement
  • Damage to lymph and blood vessels
  • Bleeding from nose and gums

4 Tips to Protect Yourself from Dengue Fever

Here are some of the best ways which will help you save yourself from dengue fever:

  1. Mosquito Repellent

Applying mosquito repellent serves as an effective way to stay protected against Aedes mosquitoes. However, keep the below mentioned points in mind:

  • Do not apply the repellent on open wounds or cuts as this may lead to infection
  • Keep the repellent away from your eyes
  • Always wash your hands after applying the repellent
  • Keep the repellent away from the reach of children
  1. Wear Full Sleeve Clothing

Try to wear full-sleeve shirts and long pants to cover your entire body in order to restrict mosquitoes from biting you.

  1. Sleep in a Mosquito net

Sleeping inside a mosquito net will keep mosquitoes away from you. However, make sure you tuck the net properly inside the bed.

  1. Practice Basic Home Hygiene

Incorporating some basic hygiene principles can help you stay away from dengue fever. Some of them include:

  • Ensure you place fresh water in vases and bowls every alternate day
  • Never allow water to be stored in any container at home for a long time
  • Make sure you get rid of the water from flower pot plates every other day
  • Remember to cover bamboo pole holders when they’re not being used

Mild dengue fever can last anywhere between a week to ten days. But if you follow the preventive measures mentioned above, you can save yourself and your loved ones from getting dengue fever in the first place.

If you experience persistent symptoms of dengue fever, it is important to visit a pathology lab near you and get a blood test immediately done. This will also help the doctor to effectively treat your condition and help you get rid of the problem. 

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