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Difference between dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever?

Difference  between dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever?

Quite similar: Both conditions are caused by dengue virus. One is a milder form but the second one is more serious due to development of very low platelet counts which can lead to bleeding(that is why it is called hemorragic) and occasional fatalities due to shock(fluid leaks) or bleeding. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Hemorrhagic Fever (Definition)

Hemorrhagic fever is a condition in which a person has an infection causing fever, bleeding into the skin, internal bleeding, dropping blood pressure, shock, and death. These viral infections (usually found in tropical climates) include dengue fever, ...Read more


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Can viral hemorrhagic fevers be cured?

Can viral hemorrhagic fevers be cured?

By yourself...: In many cases, we don't have medication to kill the viruses that can cause hemorrhagic fevers. Anecdotally, people have used iv-ig, but in general, your immune system has to do the brunt of the work. As physicians, we can pretty much help with supportive management only. ...Read more

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Is viral meningitis infectious?

Is viral meningitis infectious?

Very variable: There is a very large number of viruses that can cause meningitis, most are not infectious. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/viral.html. ...Read more

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Can dengue fever reoccur like malaria?

Can dengue fever reoccur like malaria?

Not exactly: Dengue fever does not have a liver stage, like some forms of malaria, that can lead to relapse. But you can become reinfected with a different strain of dengue even if you have already had dengue once. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of viral hemorrhagic fevers bad?

Are the symptoms of viral hemorrhagic fevers bad?

Yes: Specific symptoms vary by the type of vhf, but symptoms often include fever, fatigue, muscle aches, and exhaustion. Patients with severe cases of vhf often show signs of bleeding under the skin, in internal organs, or from body orifices like the mouth, eyes, or ears. Severe cases also cause any organ to fail, with shock, coma, and death. ...Read more

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Diarrhea, sore throat, congestion, cough, high fever which is now a low grade fever with sweating, headache. Flu or upper respitory tract infection?

Diarrhea, sore throat, congestion, cough, high fever which is now a low grade fever with sweating, headache. Flu or upper respitory tract infection?

The flu?: The symptoms you report sound consistent with a viral illness such as influenza. You can consider ibuprofen or acetaminophen for fever or pain and expect symptoms to resolve in a week or two. Consult your physician. ...Read more

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Is dengue fever fatal?

Is dengue fever fatal?

Rarely: Dengue when presenting as a hemorrhagic fever can be fatal but most individuals with typical dengue survive. ...Read more

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Is dengue fever curable?

Is dengue fever curable?

Not curable: Treatment for Dengue Fever is largely supportive. Oral hydration can be used for milder cases.Tylenol (acetaminophen) may be used. Aspirin & other NSAID's should be avoided. With more sever cases, fluids, electrolytes & blood pressure should be monitored. Hydration is maintained with intravenous fluids. Blood transfusion in an ICU setting may be needed for more serious cases. ...Read more

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What illness can lassa fever cause?

What illness can lassa fever cause?

Lassa Fever: Incubation period is 6 to 21 days.Sx's are mild in 80% of cases. Mild cases- low fever, headache, conjunctivitis, weakness & malaise. In more severe cases sx's may include– nausea, bloody emesis or diarrhea, sore throat, bleeding of gums, eyes, nose, hearing loss, tremors, facial swelling, difficulty swallowing, pain of abdomen, chest and back, cough, shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, low ...Read more

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Pathophysiology of dengue hemorrhagic fever, what is this?

Pathophysiology of dengue hemorrhagic fever, what is this?

Dengue Fever: Hemorrhagic fever is the most serious manifestation of dengue fever. It can lead to circulatory failure and shock. In it there's a plasma leakage syndrome with increased vascular permeability, platelet count less than 100, 000, fever lasing 2-7 days, and spontaneous bleeding with microvascular fragility. There may be small bruises (petechiae) in the skin all the way to profuse bleeding. ...Read more

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What causes viral meningitis infection?

What causes viral meningitis infection?

Dozens of things: Influenza, parainfluenza, adenovirus, enterovirus, poliovirus, western equine encephalitis, eastern equin encehaplitis virus, st. Louis encephalitis virus, west nile virus, measles virus and varicella zoster virus just to name a few. ...Read more

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Viral fever medicenes , symptoms and preventions?

Viral fever medicenes , symptoms and preventions?

Antivirals: There are antiviral medications available for some forms of infection. Hepatitis b and c, HIV disease, influenza, herpes simplex and several others. For the average common cold there is nothing but symptomatic relief available. Take Acetaminophen (tylenol), decongestants, etc. There are many otc products and your friendly pharmacist will be happy to guide you to the best. ...Read more

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How will a doctor differentiate viral respiratory infection from bacterial infection? Signs are fever cough congestion, no sore throat - 4 days.

How will a doctor differentiate viral respiratory infection from bacterial infection? Signs are fever cough congestion, no sore throat - 4 days.

Usually easy: Normal w/ viral uri's to have a temp up to 72 hrs. If u have sore throat it's very unlikely to be strep when u also have cough/congestion (not always the case with kids). Flu is peaking now (in us) classic symptoms are high temp congestion, body aches, +\-sore throat or cough. If u r feeling unusually ill or measured temp exceeds 3 days u should be seen (sooner if u have chronic health cond. ...Read more

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Is scarlet fever serious?

Is scarlet fever  serious?

Strep gone wild: Scarlet fever is from the bacteria "strep". To put it simply, this is the skins reaction to the bacteria and you get a rough/sand papery rash with scarlet fever in addition to a sore throat and fever.This condition needs prompt antibiotics and if left untreated the infection can progress and you can become quite ill. I recommend you seek prompt medical attention. This can also be other illnesses. ...Read more

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Is viral gastroenteritis a serious illness?

Is viral gastroenteritis a serious illness?

Usually not: Most will resolve in a few days on their own. They can be serious in young infants, elderly and immune compromised individuals. ...Read more

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No fever or flu symptoms just chills HIV delated?

No fever or flu symptoms just chills HIV delated?

Can be anything: Chills suggest the presence of a systemic infection but one cannot tell the cause without an exam and likely some blood tests. Consult your doctor. ...Read more

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How is BP affected from dengue hemorrhagic fever?

Low: Usually hypotensive with acute phase and variable otherwise. ...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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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

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