Dengue Cases Hike Delhi UP West Bengal Punjab Dengue Hike Aedes Nation Mosquitoes Dengue Platelet Count
New Delhi: A number of states are facing dengue fever outbreak in their cities. UP, West Bengal, Delhi and Punjab are the worst affected states. Over 5,000 cases have been recorded in Delhi in the current year. Physicians are advised to strictly follow all necessary precautions and be aware of the symptoms.
People fall into many myths and misconceptions, which can not only make them vulnerable to this serious disease, but can also make the disease look scary. We are here with a detailed description for you to understand this disease and also to bust some myths that can make the disease serious for the patient.
What is dengue fever?
Dengue is a vector-borne disease spread by Aedes mosquitoes. Dengue can have mild to very severe symptoms. These symptoms usually take 4-7 days to be recognized after the person has been bitten by the mosquito. Muscle and joint pain, high fever, vomiting, rash, and extreme migraine are signs of mild dengue fever. If the person does not take necessary measures and proper treatment, these side effects may gradually worsen, causing internal bleeding, tender stomach, weak pulse, severe drop in blood platelets, disorientation, etc. These extreme side effects can result in the death of a patient.
Myth1: Dengue can be transmitted by any mosquito
Do: It’s not true at all. As mentioned above, it is only transmitted by female Aedes mosquitoes. These mosquitoes can only transmit the infection when they are infected. Notably, during their feeding period, they usually bite more than one person during the day.
Myth 2: If your platelet count is low, it could be dengue
Do: Although the platelet count is the important signal of dengue fever, any time a low platelet count does not mean that you have dengue fever. If followed by fever, your chances of being diagnosed with dengue fever are higher, but it can also be due to leptospirosis, scrub typhus and yellow fever, chikungunya, HIV, typhus des brushwood, etc.
Myth 3: Papaya leaf can cure dengue
Do: Papaya leaf is associated with helping in the management of dengue fever. But, it cannot cure dengue fever. So you can have it in addition to prescribed medications, but you can’t rely on it. It cannot treat dengue fever. Various studies have shown that the use of papaya leaf can lead to a significant increase in the number of platelets in patients suffering from dengue fever.
Myth 4: Dengue can’t hurt
Do: There are mild and severe types of dengue fever. A delay in treatment can lead to complications such as breathing difficulties, liver infection, internal bleeding, etc. These symptoms can also lead to the death of a patient. One should get the proper treatment in the initial stage so that he is not severely affected by the disease.
Myth 5: Only children and the elderly are susceptible to dengue
Do: It’s a big myth in people’s minds. Dengue fever can affect anyone, regardless of age and gender. However, other issues related to age or disease history may affect the patient’s condition. These include having had dengue fever in the past and living in a tropical region.
Myth 6: I have Covid-19 now, I won’t get dengue fever.
Do: Although dengue fever and Covid-19 have many similar symptoms. It is quite possible to be infected with both diseases at the same time. If you are suspected of being co-infected with both viruses, it is always a good idea to get tested for your safety and to protect your loved ones.
Myth 7: Keeping your home clean can prevent you from getting dengue
Do: Keeping your home clean is the best way to reduce the risk of infection, although it does not guarantee that you will not be infected at all. If someone in your neighborhood has a breeding ground for mosquitoes (standing water), an infected Aedes mosquito can also fly into your house and infect you. Notably, the flight range of this mosquito is 400 meters. Therefore, it is always said that preventing the occurrence of dengue fever can only be a collective effort and not an individual one.
Find out below Health Tools-
Calculate your body mass index (BMI)