How to Treat Dengue?

Diagnosis of dengue can be really tough owing to its signs and symptoms being easily confused with that of other diseases such as typhoid fever, leptospirosis or malaria. Your doctor would probably question you regarding your medical and travel history. Be sure to elaborate your international trips including the countries and areas you visited, the dates or any contact you might have had with mosquitoes or near a Dengue patient. Few laboratory tests could detect traces of the dengue viruses, but the results generally come too late causing delay in making direct treatment decisions.

Treatment of Dengue

No particular treatment can be administered for dengue fever. Doctors might suggest you to take in plenty of fluids so as to prevent dehydration caused by high fever and vomiting.

While you are in the recovery phase from dengue fever, watch out for indications of dehydration. Seek medical help right away if you suffer from any of the following symptoms:

  • Clammy or cold extremities
  • Confusion or lethargy
  • Dry lips or mouth
  • No or few tears
  • Decreased urination

Painkillers or analgesic medicine will help you to keep the pain in check. Acetaminophen can help reduce fever and alleviate pain. Refrain from consuming pain relievers that can trigger bleeding complications, for instance naproxen sodium, ibuprofen and aspirin.

In case your condition aggravates, you might need

  • Supportive medical care
  • Transfusion to replace loss of blood
  • Monitoring of the blood pressure
  • Intravenous (IV) fluid and electrolyte replacement
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