What is it?
Dengue is a viral disease that is spread by mosquitoes ,the Dengue mosquito (Aedes aegypti) and the Asian Tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus). Dengue virus is not transmitted (spread) from person to person. It is a problem in many tropical and subtropical parts of the world, including Africa, Asia, South America and some parts of Australia.
What are the symptoms?
Typical signs and symptoms of dengue virus may include:
- High temperature.
- Severe headache.
- Pain behind the eyes.
- Joint and muscle aches.
- Appetite loss.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Generally feeling unwell (malaise).
- Skin rash.
In most cases, symptoms resolve within one to two weeks.
What to expect?
If you are diagnosed with dengue fever, you can consider discussing the following subjects with your doctor:
- Often patients are treated symptomatically and based on the severity of their condition. Is this the case for you as well?
In addition to treatment by your doctor you can try the following things:
- Painkillers might help in relieving pain and fever.
Seek immediate consult with your GP if the following occurs:
- Bleeding tendencies.
- Worsening symptoms.