1. What is dengue fever?
Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne illness which is caused by infected female Aedes mosquitoes. Severe dengue fever leads to dengue haemorrhagic fever which causes symptoms like low platelet count and bleeding. If left untreated, it may progress to dengue shock syndrome (DSS).
2. What are the symptoms of dengue fever?
People with dengue fever experience the following symptoms:
• Rashes on the skin
• Vomiting and nausea
• Severe pain behind the eyes
• Severe muscle and joint pain
• Sudden high fever
3. Can dengue fever go away on its own?
Most people with a mild dengue fever recover within two weeks without any medications. However, if the fever does not subside and becomes critical, medical intervention is required.
4. What is the treatment for dengue fever?
Typically, doctors give fever reducing medicines to people with mild dengue fever. There are no vaccines or specific medications available to treat dengue fever. doctors may prescribe painkiller medicines too to cope with the body pain and fever.
5. Can dengue fever be treated at home?
Drinking plenty fluids, resting enough and taking fever or pain reducing medicines helps most people recover from dengue fever at home. In case the fever persists, or there is bleeding from nose or mouth, or a severe rash, you need to visit your doctor.