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Dengue Fever

Ayurvedic Treatment for Dengue Fever

Monsoon season is always known to enjoy your surroundings. Stepping out for different outdoor activities, enjoying drinks, visiting parks, and beaches, etc, all add charm to the season. But it can give you some frightening and terrible moments and make you feel equally scared.  Whether you are inside or outside, you might get infected with dengue, may dash all your hopes of excitement, and may leave you with painful memories of the season.

Usually, the dengue cases see a sharp increase during the monsoon season due to water stagnation that provides breeding ground to mosquitoes. Dengue fever is a viral infection also known as a break-bone fever that leads to many illnesses and is spread by Aedes mosquitoes.

What is Dengue?

Dengue is a very common and fatal disease affecting almost every part of the world. The dengue virus cannot be transmitted from one infected person to another and requires a specific kind of mosquito to transmit it from one person to another.

What is the Cause and effect of Dengue?

 Dengue which is also known as break-bone fever is a mosquito-borne disease affecting thousands of people every year. The dengue is caused by four different viruses and spread by Aedes mosquitoes that can lead to severe flu-like illness

According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year about 400 million dengue cases are reported throughout the world with about 96 million cases leading to illness. The majority of the cases are reported from tropical areas with higher risk from:

  • The Indian subcontinent
  • Southeast Asia
  • Southern China
  • Taiwan
  • The Pacific Islands
  • The Caribbean (except Cuba and the Cayman Islands)
  • Mexico
  • Africa
  • Central and South America (except Chile, Paraguay, and Argentina)

Fast facts on Dengue fever

  • Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitos found in every part of the world, transmit the dengue 
  • About half of the world`s population living in different areas are at risk of dengue transmission.
  • Dengue is endemic in at least 100 countries in Asia, the Pacific, the Americas, Africa, and the Caribbean.
  • Dengue is widespread in about 100 countries in Asia, the Pacific, the Americas,  Africa, and the Caribbean.
  • Symptoms occur between 4 to 7 days after the infection and normally last for 3 to 10 days 
  • Early diagnosis helps ineffective treatment.

Symptoms of Dengue Fever

  • Sudden, high fever
  • Severe headaches
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Severe joint and muscle pain
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Skin rash, which appears two to five days after the onset of fever
  • Mild bleeding (such as nose bleed, bleeding gums, or easy bruising).

Dengue Diagnosis

The symptoms of dengue match with symptoms of some other diseases like typhoid, fever, and malaria and can lead to delay in early diagnosis. To confirm the diagnosis, the doctor will ascertain the symptoms, travel history and may also ask for some blood tests. People having second or subsequent dengue infection besides weak immune systems are prone to develop dengue hemorrhagic fever. 

Dengue Key Facts

  • Of every four dengue infected people, one will get sick
  • The symptoms can be mild or severe for people who get sick with dengue.
  • Severe dengue can be fatal and often needs requires medical care.

According to the World Health Organization, over the past two decades, the number of dengue cases has increased over 8 fold from 505,430 cases in 2000 to over 2.4 million in 2010, and 5.2 million in 2019. While the death reports increased from 960 to 4032 between the years 2000 and 2015. The risk of infection exists in 129 countries and about 70% of the actual burden is in Asia.

In 2020, many countries were affected by dengue with a sharp increase in the number of cases in countries like Bangladesh, Brazil, Cook Islands, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Mauritania, Mayotte (Fr), Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Yemen. In 2021, dengue continues to affect Brazil,  Cook Islands, Colombia, Fiji, Kenya, Paraguay, Peru, and Reunion island.

Dengue Prevention Tips

  • Stay away from densely populated areas
  • Always use mosquito repellent both inside and outside.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants 
  • Instead of opening the windows, opt for air conditioning
  • Use mosquito nets if sleeping areas aren’t screened.

Home and Ayurvedic Treatment for Dengue Fever

Ayurvedic treatment is considered one of the world`s oldest systems of medicine that connects your body, mind, and soul and believes in preventing illness, addressing acute conditions, and contributing to a healthy life. Following are some of the Ayurvedic, homemade and herbal remedies for Dengue fever.

Following are some of the homemade tips and herbal  remedies that can not only assist you in controlling the dengue symptoms but also lower down the high fever and provide some relief from the symptoms:

  1. Giloy  – The Giloy is quite helpful to boost metabolism and immunity and ultimately leads to fighting dengue efficiently as strong immunity is essential to fight any contagious disease. Besides, it increases the platelet count and provides relief to the patient. Boil small stems of giloy in a glass of water and take it when it is warm
  1. Ashwagandha – Being an Antioxidant, Ashwagandha improves the body’s defense against disease by improving cell-mediated immunity.
  1. Wheat GrassWheat grass supports healthy digestion, immunity, and cholesterol levels. It is useful in natural detoxification and prevents body weakness.
  1. Papaya Leaf Juice – Papaya leaf juice is very helpful to increase the platelet count. It improves immunity and helps in treating dengue. Take some papaya leaves, crush them to extract the juice,  then consume it and that will help you in dealing with dengue fever.
  1. Guava Juice – Guava juice is full of various nutrients and is rich in Vitamin C which is quite helpful to boost immunity. Adding fresh guava juice to your diet can prove fruitful to deal with dengue.

About Dr. Ranjana Kaushal

Dr. Ranjana Kaushal (MD Ayurveda) has 8 years of experience in the field of Ayurveda. Right now she is working as an Ayurveda consultant with Life Aveda. She has immense knowledge about herbs, their uses, and formulations. She has published articles related to many herbs and diseases in an international journal. She is also a degree holder in yoga and naturopathy. Read More..

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