This Monsoon, don’t fall for Dengue

Rain has set in and it’s time to relax after a hot summer. Rain brings joy to everyone – we give a miss going to school or offices to enjoy chai-pakoda time, we ditch the umbrellas just to get drenched. But as much rain brings relief from the scorching heat, it also brings in troubles in the form of dengue, malaria, and chikungunya. Rainy season provides the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes, and dangerous disease like Dengue is spread by infected mosquitoes.

The virus is transmitted by female mosquitoes, mainly of the species Aedes aegypti. This mosquito also transmits chikungunya, yellow fever, and Zika infection. The incidence of dengue has grown dramatically around the world in recent decades. And India stands at the top recording a high number of dengue-related cases.

Now that’s just the disease part! The cost of treatment has its own roadblock. An average cost of hospitalization for dengue treatment ranges between Rs. 50, 000 to Rs. 70, 000 (estimated figure), and in some hazardous cases the expenses may reach up to Lakhs! Even though the government has regulated the prices of blood tests required for detecting dengue, the procedure of platelet transplant has not yet been regulated. Which means it’s quite impossible to estimate how much the treatment can cost you and your family. It’s shocking but that doesn’t mean we can’t be prepared. After all, we strongly live by the motto “Prevention is better than cure”. The first step towards fighting it is taking extra precautionary measures.

Here are important Dengue Prevention Tips:

To protect yourself from dengue-infected mosquitoes:

Avoid wearing dark clothes as they attract mosquitoes. Prefer wearing light-colored clothes when stepping out. When outdoors, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants tucked into socks

Stay away from heavily populated residential areas, as the dengue causing mosquitoes easily find the breeding ground in densely populated atmosphere.

Use repellants and patches and cream to yourself and your family members before leaving the house for work, college or school. Use mosquito nets at night for better prevention

Be Careful In Mornings and Evenings as Dengue infected mosquitoes are most active around mornings and early evenings.

Avoid collection of water in places where mosquitoes can breed. These include old tires, cans, or flower pots that collect rain. Regularly change the water in cooler, outdoor bird baths and pets’ water dishes

Watch out for Symptoms which include irregular fever, headache, body ache, joint pain, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and skin rashes which appear two to five days after the onset of fever, mild bleeding (such a nose bleed, bleeding gums, or easy bruising)

Speak to your doctor immediately if you or your family members have symptoms of dengue. Mosquitoes that bite the infected family member could spread the infection to others in your home. So take the infected one to the hospital immediately

To protect yourself from dengue: (Cure Tips)

Identify Symptoms In Time. Dengue fever symptoms start anytime between 4 days and 2 weeks after being bitten and typically last for up to a week if taken care of in time. A delay in detection and treatment can cause a critical fall in platelet count, which can be fatal and expensive to treat.

Get Tested Immediately after you detect the symptoms. The longer you stall, the longer you delay the treatment!

Intake Lots Of Fluids especially coconut water for helping build back the depleted platelet count.

Get Insurance Cover. Make sure your insurance covers you for OPD costs and hospitalization in case of dengue fever. Since there is no regulation on the cost of platelet transplant, the impossible costs of hospitalization are quite possible! So be prepared.

Do remember, there is no vaccine to prevent dengue fever in the market. The best way to prevent the disease is to prevent bites from infected mosquitoes. Spread the word and stay healthy!