DENGUE FEVER SYMPTOMS

SYMPTOMS

Fever up to 106 F (41 C)

Pain behind your eyes

Headaches

Muscle, bone and joint pain

You may also experience:

Nausea and vomiting

Minor bleeding from your gums or nose

Widespread rash

Generally, the fever does not last longer than a week. 

However, there are some cases when symptoms get worse and can even become life-threatening. 

This can lead to damage of blood cells and the number of thrombocytes in the bloodstream falls.

This can cause:




Bleeding under the skin, which may look like bruising

Problems with your lungs, liver and heart

Severe abdominal pain

Persistent vomiting

Bleeding from the nose and mouth

When to consult your doctor

In case you have recently visited a place where dengue fever is common and you suddenly develop a fever, you should visit your doctor immediately.

Causes

Dengue fever is a painful, mosquito-borne disease caused by one of four closely related dengue viruses. 

When a mosquito bites a person infected with a dengue virus, the virus enters the mosquito and when the infected mosquito bites another person, the virus enters that person`s bloodstream.

It is very important to know that once you`ve recovered from dengue fever, you have the immunity to the virus that infected you, but not to the other three dengue viruses. 

The problem occurs when you get infected a second or a third time because there is a risk of developing dengue hemorrhagic fever which can be very dangerous.

Risk Factors

Living or travelling in tropical areas. 

High-risk areas are Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Prior infections with a dengue fever virus. 




If you have previously been infected with dengue fever, the risk of having severe symptoms if you`re infected a second time is much greater. 

This is especially dangerous for children.


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