Common symptoms of Dengue fever

common symptoms of Dengue
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Dengue fever is one of the most deadly mosquito bite related diseases in the world and is caused by dengue virus.  This disease is spread through several species of the Aedes type mosquito. The virus is of 5 different types which may vary in terms of complications, effects and symptoms.  There are various ways to identify dengue fever and for this it is important to know the various signs and symptoms. Early identification of the symptoms can help in better and quicker treatment and thus prevention of any major complications.

Several people including teens and children may experience no symptoms during a mild case of the dengue fever.  If the signs and symptoms occur then they begin to show about 4 to 7 days after the bite of the infected mosquito. The symptoms may vary from person to person and depending upon the type of infection caused. This is why we have brought you a list of the most common symptoms of dengue fever and they are given as follows:

Symptoms of Dengue Fever:

Dengue fever causes high fever of about 104 degree Fahrenheit and this fever is usually accompanied with other signs such as headache, nausea, vomiting, pain behind the eyes, swollen glands, rashes and joint and muscle pain etc.  Most people recover from these symptoms in about a week or so but in some cases, the symptoms may worsen and can even lead to life threatening conditions.  The following are some of the serious problems that may be caused:

  1. Blood vessels may get damaged and may start leaking. This may last for about a day or two.
  2. A lot of clot-forming cells in the bloodstream may drop in number. This can further lead to a severe and dangerous type of dengue fever which is known as dengue hemorrhagic fever.
high fever is the most common symptom of dengue

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Symptoms of Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever:

  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Bleeding from nose or guns
  • Blood in the urine, vomit and even stool
  • Difficulty in breathing and fatigue
  • Restlessness and irritability
  • Bleeding under the skin which may appear as if the skin has bruised
  • Persistent vomiting and nausea
bleeding from nose symptom of hemorrhagic fever

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After this, the Recovery state may occur and in this state, there is resorption of the leaked fluid back into the bloodstream. This too last for about 2 to 3 days. There are many ways to identify this state as well.

Recovery state symptoms:

  • Severe itching
  • Slow heart rate
  • Rashes may occur with either a vasculitic appearance or a maculupapular appearance
  • Peeling of the skin
  • Fluid overload state may now happen which may have an effect on the brain and may lead to seizures and slight unconsciousness.
  • Fatigue and tiredness may last for weeks.
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Factors that can increase the risk of Dengue Fever:

  • Prior infection with the Dengue Fever virus:  the chances of developing Dengue may increase if you have had a prior infection with the Dengue Fever virus.
  • Travelling or living in tropical areas: You may be at a higher chance of suffering from Dengue if you live in tropical areas or if you are travelling to tropical parts of the world. These include Southeast Asia, Middle East, Latin America, Caribbean and Western Pacific Islands.

Now that you have read and understood the common symptoms of dengue fever, you are better equipped to identify the disease and also its exact stage. If you observe these symptoms and signs then it is important to contact a doctor as soon as possible and get a proper diagnosis done. In order to prevent the disease, it is important to keep surroundings clean. For complete home cleaning, you can get in touch with Mr Right.

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