Dengue fever is a stealthy, sneaky, and downright nasty virus that causes severe flu-like symptoms, including high fever, headache, muscle pain and joint pain. In some cases it can even lead to potentially fatal complications such as dengue shock syndrome or severe bleeding. But don’t worry – with the right care and plenty of courage you too can take on this pesky illness and emerge victorious! Here are some tips on how to survive dengue fever:
Prevention is Key
The best defense against dengue fever is prevention. Follow these simple rules to protect yourself from mosquito bites:
- Limit outdoor activities during peak biting times (dawn and dusk)
- Wear protective clothing (long-sleeved shirts and pants)
- Use insect repellent containing DEET
- Sleep under a mosquito net
- Keep windows closed
- Remove standing water around your home
By following these simple steps, you’ll have a better chance of avoiding mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus – after all, they’re not exactly known for their table manners.
The Symptoms You Can Expect
Unfortunately prevention isn’t always full proof – If you do end up with Dengue there’s no need to despair just yet! One way or another symptoms will start showing up within 4 to 7 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. These may include:
Fevers So Hot They’ll Melt Your Boots
One major sign of Dengue is heat! Not just any kinda warmth either! It’s basically like having lava running through your veins day in & day out… not cool!
Expect extremely high fevers that last for three days at a time before dropping suddenly leaving little puddles everywhere as if someone has turned off an overheated tap (you get my drift?). Fortunately, paracetamol is usually enough to control the fever, and as long as you don’t try to fry eggs on your forehead it’s nothing to worry about.
Aches That’ll Have You Screaming
Dengue causes searing joint pain in your legs, arms and back – everything feels like it’s made of lead overnight! So basically walking…not an option (time for a piggyback I guess?). Just be thankful massaging isn’t one of their symptoms because if it was…we’d all be doomed.
The Chills that Can Kill
Chills aren’t just something normal people feel from time to time during winter – lucky us Dengue sufferers have the pleasure of experiencing them too! Expect sudden trembling and shivering followed by feeling overheated again within minutes (because wouldn’t want you getting bored).
Rashes Like Rivers Flowing Down Your Body
Dengue also frequently brings with it distinctive rashes across your body. These generally start at your extremities (’bout sums up this entire experience doesn’t it?). They look kinda red-purple so if anyone tells you everything looks rosy whilst suffering from dengue – slap them once (and then get straight back to bed).
It’s All About Hydration Baby
One major danger posed by dengue fever is dehydration . In fact, not drinking enough fluids can even put you in serious peril And yes friends,I’m talking life or death here.
It’s best get yourself rehydrated early on throughout this process which could mean taking small sips of water throughout the day. Beware though refreshing ice cold drinks may seem tempting but are best avoided when running a fever — no matter how sweaty they make me feel personally
The other good news is that drinking coconut juice has been known for generations now regarded as “the cure-all” remedy in Southeast Asia since days of old- and green coconuts are easily found in most parts of the world. So suck away!
Self-Care? More Like Solo-Lifestyle
When dealing with Dengue fever NOBODY can tell you what to do, so be prepared to enter a Pharaoh mode as you will have no choice but slip into hibernation… You’ll learn though! From timing when best to take your meds, getting good sleep habits in place ,to taking care of yourself through some self-pampering (cue your favourite Netflix 📺 series or book) during this ‘forced’ break from normal life.
Your Diet Matters
Now might not exactly be the time for that burger & fries crave – because sorry folks it’s all bout nutrition now!
Unfortunately however if any weight loss does happen…we won’t guarantee whether or not it stays off even after full recovery [eyes rolling].
Eat plenty fresh fruits, vegetables, foods rich in protein like eggs chicken breast or yogurt (whatever suits ya fancy really) – basically feed those muscles!! And overall going soft on (moment of silence) coffee/alcohol cause personally I love them both 😢
Foods To Avoid
Because hot and spicy food is a big no-no whilst fighting off dengue fever opt for blander fare instead such as soup 🥣stews made from leafy greens/ root veggies etc. Lastly our salty faves-hello-Asians 🔊– ‘Koicha’ Soy sauce lovers …brace yourselves since high salt content leads only one way – increased dehydration
Monitor Symptoms Vigilantly
The symptoms mentioned above aren’t anything new we all know what it means once WIDE-AWAKE at night spotting low blood pressure levels cramps starting again etc.
Also remember other red flags could arise while dealing with this nastiness expect respiratory distress due to fluid accumulation around lungs which can turn life-threatening real quick.
Last Resort: Hospitalization
If things get really bad , hospitalization may become necessary. Not because you aren’t a brave warrior ready to go through the depths of hell – rather, if you’re struggling with these symptoms or have blurry vision severe abdominal pain after vomiting, then it’s time to visit your doctor, ASAP.
In a Nutshell:
- Hydration is key in preventing Dehydration risks.
- Coconut juice has healing properties that can aid recovery
- Avoid spicy F&B & opt for something soothing instead like soups/stews.
- Monitor symptom vigilantly and beware of respiratory distress
- Above all don’t hesitate to seek medical help as soon as possible
So my friends there you have it – everything I know about surviving dengue fever (which isn’t much), but hopefully this will be enough to give you courage in the face of the unknown! Remember its hard yes,but remember that sweating is just your fat crying out loud during Dengue 😉
Hey there, I’m Dane Raynor, and I’m all about sharing fascinating knowledge, news, and hot topics. I’m passionate about learning and have a knack for simplifying complex ideas. Let’s explore together!
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