Dengue

Dengue is an illness caused by a virus and spreads by the bite of a mosquito. Dengue is prevalent in tropics and subtropics. The virus flourishes during the rainy season. Cases have been reported via tourists. Dengue is leading cause of acute – febrile illness in U.S travelers returning from Caribbean, South America, and Asia. In India, Dengue fever occurs in months of July to October.

Dengue

Dengue virus is contracted from the bite of AEDES AEGYPTI mosquito which has previously bitten an infected person.

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Causes of dengue

Dengue virus is contracted from bite of

AEDES AEGYPTI mosquito which has previously bitten an infected person.

Warning Signs Of Dengue ?

• High fever
• Appearance of rash on body after fever
• A headache
• Muscle and joints pain ( Myalgia and arthralgia )
• Swollen glands ( lymphadenopathy )
• Pain behind eyes
• Red palms
• Leucopenia
• Loss of appetite

How To Investigate Dengue?

Diagnosis is done with noting patient’s symptoms of having headache, fever, and pain in eyes. In 2011 the U.S  Food and Drug Administration ( FDA )  approved blood test to diagnose  DENV detect IgM capture ELISA.

Apart from this CBC ( complete blood count ) and PCR ( Polymerase chain reaction  ) is done.

No specific medications are there for fever. Typical Dengue fever is fatal in less than 1% of cases. Majority deaths occur of children.

With treatment WHO estimated the mortality rate of 2.5 %. There is no particular vaccination for Dengue fever. Only certain medication Acetaminophen ( Tylenol ) is prescribed. Dengue Shock Syndrome in which patient along with the above symptoms shows low blood pressure becomes restless and starts losing consciousness. A single mosquito can cause the disease. Dengue virus is not contagious and can spread directly from person to person. The Incubation period is 3- 15 days.

How To Prevent Dengue?

Dengue can be prevented by complete rest and intake of fluids (soup, water, juice )

• People should wear clothing with long sleeves and long pants.
• Should clean all stagnant water from pots and trash cans.
• Government initiation is also playing the great role in keeping the disease in check.
• Do not litter garbage
• Keep your surroundings neat and clean
• Mosquito spray once a week in the house.

What Are The Complications Of Dengue?

Dengue Shock Syndrome in which patient along with the above symptoms shows low blood pressure becomes restless and starts losing consciousness

A single mosquito can cause the disease. Dengue virus is not contagious and can spread directly from person to person. The Incubation period is 3- 15 days.

Differential Diagnosis Of Dengue

• Malaria
• Rickettsial infection
• Rocky mountain spotted fever
• Typhus
• Yellow fever
• Leptospirosis
• Influenza
• Viral hepatitis
• Arenaviruses

Prognosis Of Dengue

Dengue fever is a self-limiting fever. The fatality rate due to dengue shock syndrome varies from country to country. Factors which can affect the severity of dengue fever are an age of the patient, pregnancy, virus genotype, quality of medical care available.

Homeopathic Treatment For Dengue

Every branch of science has its own scope and limitations, so does Homeopathy. Although Homeopathy has a lot of very good remedies for curing & controlling auto-immune disorders, male & female disorders, children and elderly people.

In cases of an emergency situation such as poisoning, serious abdominal complaints (such as acute appendicitis and pancreatitis), fractures, injury, and accidents should be first taken to emergency. However, a patient can consult his homeopathic physician after recovering from his initial phase. Please note Homeopathy plays no role in treating any nutritional disorders.

The scope of Homeopathy is limited; it is the sole responsibility of the physician to decide upon the cure – by looking into the complete nature of the disease, onset, and stage of the disease and then act accordingly.

Eupatorium

• Great thirst before fever, chill, nausea, and vomiting with trembling of legs and soreness in muscles.
• Crampy pain in the whole body.
• Chill begins in the back, between shoulders. Warmth and covering the body does not give relief.
• Profuse cold sweat at night gives relief in pains except for a headache.

Gelsemium

• Fever with chill and heat alternating, headache, great pain in back or all over the body.
• White coated the tongue.
• Profuse and long-lasting sweat gives relief in pains. There is thirst during sweat.
• The patient cannot move on account of weakness.

China

• Excessive debility and exhausting sweat during motion and sleep at night.
• Hunger, anguish, restlessness, and headache in some cases with no thirst.

Rhus Toxicodendron

• Chill begins in legs, usually in thighs, between shoulders.
• Shaking chill even in warm room with thirst
• Fever with blisters over lips and stiffness of muscles on getting wet in rain with the heated body.
• Constant desire to lie down.

Aconite

• Cold sweat.
• Icy coldness of face.
• Alternate coldness and heat sensation.
• Thirst and restlessness.
• Cold waves pass through him.
• Chilliness in evening after going to bed.

Arsenic

• Periodicity marked with adynamia.
• Intermittent fever.
• Incomplete paroxysms with marked exhaustion.
• Cold sweats.
• Great restlessness.
• Great heat about 3 a.m.

Belladonna

• Burning, pungent, steaming heat.
• Feet icy cold.
• Distended blood vessels.
• No thirst with fever.
• Perspiration only on the head.

Bryonia

• Hard, tense and quick pulse.
• A dry cough with stitching pain.
• External coldness and internal heat with chilliness.
• Sour sweat after slight exertion.

Cantharis

• Cold hands and feet.
• Cold sweat.
• Burning in soles.
• Chill is felt as if water is poured over him.

Ipecac

• Intermittent fever.
• Slightest chill with much heat.

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