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How To Prevent 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You can't : Unless you are taking antipyretics all day long you would not be able to accomplish such a task . Did you mean ask best way to reduce fever? Fever is a body response when it is being affected by a viral or bacterial illness. Your goal should be to reduce fever but not preventing it from happening . Fever may be the only initial symptom you get when getting sick . ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dengue treatment : There is no cure for dengue- only what we call supportive treatment. That means, if necessary, the patient can be placed in the hospital and given IV fluids, pain medications and continuous monitoring until they get better. Good to avoid mosquito bites - esp now that it's rainy season there. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good question: I don't think the exact mechanism is known, but the body's immune response to the virus is responsible for most of the symptoms, . Including the "bone-breaking" pain. In the hemorrhagic fever form, the prior exposure has already created antibodies against the virus and their levels are higher, leading to the bleeding complications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prevention, Abx: 1. Prevention - keep away from mosquitoes - cover up arms, legs, neck; use mosquito netting, use mosquito repellent 2. Treatment - if develop dengue, drink lots of filtered water and see a doctor for antibiotics. Then prevent any more mosquito bites. ...Read more
Typhoid: Persons with typhoid fever usually have a sustained fever as high as 103° to 104° F (39° to 40° C). They may also feel weak, or have stomach pains, headache, or loss of appetite. In some cases, patients have a rash of flat, rose-colored spots. The only way to know for sure if an illness is typhoid fever is to have samples of stool or blood tested for the presence of Salmonella Typhi. ...Read more
Avoid certain areas: Most importantly, avoid travel to areas designated by the CDC as high risk. You can find an updated list on the CDC website. If travel to one of these areas cannot be avoided, make sure to apply insect repellant frequently and to wear long sleeves and pants. Make sure all windows and doors have screens if they are to remain open. Get rid of standing water as this is where mosquitos breed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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