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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Dengue Fever (Overview)

Also known as breakbone fever, it is a viral, flu like illness spread by a day biting mosquito. Many have no symptoms but, if stricken, those ill have high fever, headache, shaking chills, & rash.


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Does the doctor need to do to tests to be sure if the diagnosis is dengue fever?

Does the doctor need to do to tests to be sure if the diagnosis is dengue fever?

To be sure-yes: Dengue is common in the tropics. Symptoms can range from mild flu like illness to severe muscle aches, fever, headache, and fatigue. Rarely, it can progress on to internal oozing. Typically a blood count and dengue antibodies are ordered. However, people who see this disease often, sometimes just need to do an accurate history (interview) and physical exam. Prevent with daytime insect repellent. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
144 Doctors shared insights

Dengue Fever (Overview)

Also known as breakbone fever, it is a viral, flu like illness spread by a day biting mosquito. Many have no symptoms but, if stricken, those ill have high fever, headache, shaking chills, & rash.


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Can you explain what are the symptoms of dengue fever?

Can you explain what are the symptoms of dengue fever?

Uncomplicated: Symptoms of dengue can include a high fever; joint, muscle or bony pain; severe headache ;/or eye pain; drowsiness, fatigue, agitation, rash ; signs of bleeding like bruising easily, bloody nose or gums, or red petechiae on skin. ...Read more

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Treating a Fever (Checklist)

Take the appropriate dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen
Daily
Try cool compresses, as they may be soothing
Daily
See your doctor if your fever is higher than 102 degrees fahrenheit for more than 2 days
Daily
See your doctor if your fever is higher than 104 degrees fahrenheit
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How does dengue fever leads to hepatomegaly?

How does dengue fever leads to hepatomegaly?

Multiple factors: Clinical evidence of liver involvement in dengue infections includes the presence of hepatomegaly and increased serum liver enzymes. Dengue viral antigens have been found within hepatocytes, and the virus appears to be able to replicate in both hepatocytes and kupffer cells, and dysregulated host immune responses may play an important causative role in liver damage. ...Read more

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Managing Hay Fever (Checklist)

Avoid heavy pollen areas
Once
Use air conditioners during pollen season
once
If necessary, use a non-sedating antihistamine
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What are the symptoms of dengue fever? How to tell if I have it?

Fever & pains: Dengue fever is characterized by fever, headache behind the eyes, and severe muscle aches. Some go on to severe internal oozing. The only way you can be sure you have it is a blood test. There is no specifc treatment for dengue: use acetaminophen, plenty of fluids & rest. If you are very ill see you doctor to make sure the symptoms are not caused by something else. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of dengue fever?

Dengue Fever: According to the center for disease control & prevention, dengue fever can present with high fevers (i.e. 104 f) with accompanying symptoms like muscle & joint pain, severe headches, intense pain behind the eyes, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands & rash. Severe dengue can lead to drop in body temperature, bloody gums or vomitus, severe abdominal pain, difficulty breathing & restlessness. ...Read more

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Does the doctor need to do to tests to be sure if the diagnosis is dengue fever?

To be sure-yes: Dengue is common in the tropics. Symptoms can range from mild flu like illness to severe muscle aches, fever, headache, and fatigue. Rarely, it can progress on to internal oozing. Typically a blood count and dengue antibodies are ordered. However, people who see this disease often, sometimes just need to do an accurate history (interview) and physical exam. Prevent with daytime insect repellent. ...Read more

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How can I diagnose the dengue fever?

How can I diagnose the dengue fever?

Dengue diagnosis: Most infections with dengue are mild and pass mostly unnoticed. More severe symptoms can include sudden fever, headache, typically right behind the eyes, a characteristic severe deep ache in the muscles and bones, for which dengue is also known as "break bone fever" and sometimes rashes and bleeding. There is an antibody blood test that establishes the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What spreads dengue fever?

What spreads dengue fever?

Mosquitos: Primarily the tropical species, especially aedes aegypti. ...Read more

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What to do if I had dengue fever and got a liver test can someone interpret these figures?

What to do if I had dengue fever and got a liver test can someone interpret these figures?

Dengue: It is common to see an elevation of the liver enzymes during acute Dengue fever. This is a temporary finding, and, with recovery, the liver enzymes return to normal. It is advisable to be under a doctor's care for this, as Dengue may cause other abnormalities, such as very low white cell and platelet counts. ...Read more

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I want to know what's the effect of dengue fever?

I want to know what's the effect of dengue fever?

Agree wi Dr. Pappas: Many people who are infected wi Dengue have mild sx's or no sx's. However more significant cases may have sxs such as headache, severe bone/joint pain (hence term Breakbone Fever), high fevers (up to 106 F), pain behind eyes, muscle pain, rash, nausea, vomiting & bleeding from gums. Some people go on to have more severe symptoms wi severe abdominal pain, bleeding under skin & from mouth & nose. > ...Read more

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What happens if other types bite what happen is anyone can cause dengue fever?

What happens if other types bite what happen is anyone can cause dengue fever?

Dengue Fever: Not sure what you are asking here. Dengue Fever
is due to a virus that is transmitted by several types of Aedes mosquitoes. Most commonly it is transmitted by A. Aegypti. ...Read more

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What does getting dengue fever mean in the long run?

What does getting dengue fever mean in the long run?

Worse next time: There are 4 serotypes (varieties) of dengue virus. Most people recover uneventfully. Rarely, some have internal oozing which can be very serious. Oddly enough, if you have been infected with one variety in the past, you are more likely to have a severe reaction to another dengue serotype infection in the future. Prevention is essential: wear insect repellent during the day. ...Read more

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How is dengue fever treated?

Dengue treatment: Most cases of dengue fever are mild and require no specific treatment. More severe cases may be treated with fluids and pain relievers as dengue can cause dehydration and significant pain, hence the name 'breakbone fever'. The most worrisome form of dengue, 'dengue haemorrhagic fever' may require blood or blood component transfusion. ...Read more

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How to cure dengue fever what medicine should take?

How to cure dengue fever what medicine should take?

There is no cure: Treatment is generally symptomatic but one can get very ill and end-up in the hospital ...Read more

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How to prevent from dengue fever?

Avoid Mosquitos: If you are traveling to an area where dengue is endemic, be sure to wear appropriate clothing during the day (that's when this type of mosquito is active) and a repellant. I don't know where you live or if you're traveling, but it's a broad question. ...Read more

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What is the best drug to simulate platelet decrease in dengue fever?

What is the best drug to simulate platelet decrease in dengue fever?

Time: Anti-oxidants are suggested but not proven to be effective. Platelet transfusions may be used in very low counts. ...Read more

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What to do to prevent dengue fever?

What to do to prevent dengue fever?

Mosquito patrol: Keep roof gutters clean from debris. Don’t allow standing water – empty kiddy pools & change water in birdbaths regularly. Many outdoor items can be purchased that have been pre-treated with permethrin. Use bed netting when sleeping. Spray the walls of the home with insecticide. Wear long pants & long sleeved shirts from dusk to dawn. Use Permethrin spray on clothing and mosquito netting. ...Read more

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How to avoid dengue fever?

How to avoid dengue fever?

Dengue Fever: You can avoid travel to areas where Dengue is endemic. Protect against mosquitoes wi permethrin applied to long pants, long sleeved shirts, shoes / socks & 10% DEET for skin. When in endemic areas avoid being out at dusk or dawn. Ensure that building has good screens on window & use bed netting. Remove sources of standing water near the house. As of this writing 6 vaccines are in development ...Read more

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Do I have dengue fever?

Been to an endemic: Area? Many people who are infected wi Dengue have mild sx's or no sx's. However more significant cases may have sxs such as headache, severe bone/joint pain (hence term Breakbone Fever), high fevers (up to 106 F), pain behind eyes, muscle pain, rash, nausea, vomiting & bleeding from gums. Some people go on to have more severe symptoms wi severe abdominal pain, bleeding under skin & from > ...Read more

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What spreads dengue fever?

Mosquitos: Primarily the tropical species, especially aedes aegypti. ...Read more

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How is dengue fever treated?

Dengue treatment: Most cases of dengue fever are mild and require no specific treatment. More severe cases may be treated with fluids and pain relievers as dengue can cause dehydration and significant pain, hence the name 'breakbone fever'. The most worrisome form of dengue, 'dengue haemorrhagic fever' may require blood or blood component transfusion. ...Read more

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Early symptoms of dengue fever?

Early symptoms of dengue fever?

Dengue Fever: Many people who are infected w/ Dengue have mild sx's or no sx's. However, more significant cases may have sxs such as headache, severe bone/joint pain (hence term Breakbone Fever), high fevers (up to 106 F), pain behind eyes, muscle pain, rash, nausea, vomiting & bleeding from gums. ...Read more

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How can you catch dengue fever?

How can you catch dengue fever?

Mosquito bite: Bite of an infected mosquito in places where dengue is endemic. ...Read more

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How long does dengue fever last?

How long does dengue fever last?

2-7 days: Dengue fever is increasing and is a common cause for fever in travelers returning from the tropics or subtropics. Symptoms develop 3-14 days after mosquito bite. Other symptoms include headache, pain behind eyes, muscle aches, joint pain, rash, and nausea. About 1% progress on to the more worrisome dengue hemorrhagic fever (dhf). If you suspect df see your doctor and avoid use of ibuprofen. ...Read more

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How long does a dengue fever last?

Duration: Most often dengue acute sx last 7 to10 days. Usually there is full recovery within a month. If you had dengue hemorrhagic fever or dengue shock syndrome recovery can be longer depending on complications. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever = elevated body temperature (can be ...Read more