Last updated on November 26th, 2014 at 07:07 am
I am writing this post for the benefit of all those whose near and dear ones are suffering from dengue fever
It was more than a month I had been having fever on and off and would take medicine (crocin) and get back to work as usual. But when there was no relief I had visited a doctor and got blood test done. The report indicated that I was having very low platelet count in blood and TLC count was low too.
The doctor after initial diagnosis and blood test adviced to take Dengue test and the outcome of test was positive. For all those who don’t know about dengue.
What is dengue?
Dengue Fever(DF) and Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever (DHF-a more severe form) are the most common mosquito-borne viral diseases in the world.Dengue Fever is an illness caused by infection with a virus transmitted by the Aedes mosquito. There are four types of this virus (serotypes 1 to 4) which can infect humans. Unlike Chikungunya, another viral disease caused by mosquitoes, Dengue in its severe form is considered to be fatal. Dengue is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are infected when they take a blood meal from a dengue-infected person. The virus does not spread from human-to-human.
Dengue fever cannot be spread directly from person to person. It is only spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. After the person is infected with the virus, there is generally an average of 4-7 days of incubation before the onset of symptoms.
Symptoms of Dengue:
Dengue fever is characterized by the sudden onset of fever, (which can last up to 7 days) and is accompanied by intense headache, body aches, joint pains, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and the development of skin rashes. A blood test will often show low platelets.Dengue haemorrhagic fever presents similarly to dengue fever but is associated with more severe bleeding problems (e.g. gum bleeding, nose bleeding and bleeding into the skin and internal organs) along with evidence of plasma leakage.
Please note: Dengue infection without obvious symptoms tend to occur more frequently in children. Dengue infection in adults are more likely to be symptomatic.
How to survive dengue fever?
Dengue fever unlike other fever can take more than a week to recover. The most common advice which anyone suffered from dengue is that you need to drink buckets of water/liquid. I have listed some of the tips to fight dengue and hope it helps you too:
1. Take as much liquid as possible:
Patient should regularly take boiled water, coconut water, lemon juice, orange juice, Electrokind (Liquid form of electrolux powder by Mankind brand), Pomegranate juice. During the course of the treatment, blood test will be done everyday to see the count of platelet and TLC. So it becomes important to generate the fresh blood in the system. Goat milk also increases the blood platelet count significantly.
2. Juice of two papaya leaves (twice a day) can do a miracle:
Juice of two raw papaya leaves twice a day can help boost the Platelet count in the blood. A normal platelet count in a healthy individual is between 150,000 and 450,000 per μl (microlitre) of blood. A patient taking papaya leaves juice regularly has shown speedy recovery. The juice is very bitter and the taste will last for 30 minutes.
3. Juice of GILOY herb:
Today, the guy who comes to take the sample for blood test, told me about GILOY herb (Tinospora Cordifolia), which is a well-known name in Ayurvedic medicine. Almost all ancient acharyas of Ayurveda have studied and analysed its remarkable healing properties and called it Amrita (nectar). Its therapeutic strength lies in its rejuvenating and strengthening properties while also detoxifying and cleansing the whole system, specifically via liver. Sanskrit Name “Guduchi”( Tinospora cordifolia ) – Means ‘the one whoprotects the body’.
Madhuparni – Means ‘One who’s leaves are full of honey’. Amrita- Means ‘divine nectar’. I will take this along with crushed papaya leaves juice.
4. Good sleep and rest
Good Sleep and body rest will always do wonder and will make the recovery process faster. Utilize this time as time off from work and try to de-stress yourself. Take time to relax and recharge yourself. I used this time surfing and updating my blog.
Remember health is of utmost important everything else comes next.
So I wish that my experience of combating dengue fever helps you or your near and dear ones in life.
Wish you happy life, free from all ailments!