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Dr. James Dukelow
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Dengue Fever (Overview)

Definition of the word may have come from swahili "ka-dinga pepo", meaning cramp-like seizure caused by an evil spirit. Dengue or breakbone fever 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. Repeat illness dangerous. 50% of world population at risk as are therefore world travelers.


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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

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Dr. James Dukelow
130 doctors shared insights

Dengue Fever (Overview)

Definition of the word may have come from swahili "ka-dinga pepo", meaning cramp-like seizure caused by an evil spirit. Dengue or breakbone fever 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. Repeat illness dangerous. 50% of world population at risk as are therefore world travelers.


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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)

Don't panic! Most fevers is uncomfortable, but harmless.
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Take the appropriate dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen
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Try cool compresses -- they may be soothing
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See your doctor if your fever is higher than 102 for more than 2 days
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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
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Use air conditioners during pollen season
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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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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more