5 Tips to Stay Safe from Dengue Fever this Monsoon

As soon as the monsoon season starts, everybody starts worrying about the mosquitoes, especially the dengue-causing ones. Sometimes, a single bite can turn out to be fatal. Dengue fever is characterized by fever, muscle pain, body aches, and weakness. And, the recovery process is not easy. However, there are precautions you can take to stay protected from mosquito bites. First, let’s study the symptoms of dengue fever.

Dengue Symptoms 

Signs and symptoms of dengue fever usually begin four to six days after you have been bitten by an infected mosquito and can last up to 10 days. Some of the symptoms include:-

  • Sudden, high fever
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Severe headaches
  • Severe joint and muscle pain
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Skin rash that appears two to five days after the onset of fever
  • Mild bleeding in the nose, gums, or easy bruising

Dengue Prevention and Control

  • Wear Long-sleeved Clothing
    Your hands and legs are an easy target for the mosquitoes, the simplest way to safeguard yourself against mosquito bites is to wear long-sleeved clothes, socks, and shoes. Dengue infected mosquitoes tend to bite on the legs while you are standing or walking, and on arms while you are sitting because these mosquitoes cannot fly high. Covering yourself can protect you from mosquito bites, thus preventing any kind of infection.
  • Remove Standing Water
    The biggest cause for the breeding of dengue mosquitoes and germs is when the water starts to collect in your house or out on the streets, allowing them to lay eggs. So, a preventive step would be to clean out buckets, and any such surfaces where water can stand. Also, do not overwater the plants where mosquitoes can breed.
  • Keep Dustbins Clean and Covered
    Another place dengue mosquitoes breed, the dustbins and bowls. The dustbin and dirty dishes attract mosquitoes and make you vulnerable to catching an infection. Also, regularly clean the corner of your house, including the garden area to avoid mosquito breeding.
  • Use Mosquito Repellents
    Regular use of mosquito repellant sprays and creams is also an effective way to stop mosquitoes from biting you. Whether you are inside the house sitting or outside, apply a good layer of these medicinal sprays onto the skin to prevent yourself from dengue. Make sure you follow these steps religiously for yourself and especially for the kids while they are going out to play.
  • Have Immune Boosting Supplements
    Strong immunity means low chances of you succumbing to any illness, let alone dengue fever. So maintain a healthy diet and consider having immunity-boosting supplements or natural immunity boosters like neem and giloy.

Stay Safe from Dengue!

Follow these tips and ensure your home is not a breeding place for dengue mosquitoes. These mosquitoes tend to lurk in dark areas like the closets, behind the curtains, and under beds, so spray a mosquito repellent every day in your house to kill the chances of you or your children catching an infection. Rush to the hospital if you notice any dengue symptoms or signs. Be Cautious, Be Safe!

Dr. Divaanshu Gupta

Dr. Divaanshu Gupta is a cardiac anaesthesiologist in Manipal Hospital, Jaipur. He has done his M.B.B.S. as well as M.D. Anaesthesia from S.M.S. Medical College. He has a vast experience of working in various critical care units of government as well as corporate hospitals.

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