Dengue is a viral disease spread by mosquito bite, especially the day biting mosquitos (Aedes mosquito). An estimated 390 million dengue infections occur worldwide each year, with about 96 million resulting in illness. Most cases occur in tropical areas.
Transmission of Dengue – Dengue fever is transmitted by an Aedes mosquito only when it bites a person infected with dengue virus in their blood and then transmitting it to a healthy individual. It does not spread with direct contact i.e. directly from one person to another.
Usually the onset of dengue starts with the mosquito bite and takes a window period of 4 to 6 days until exhibiting its symptoms. These symptoms may last from 10 – 14 days which may also turn fatal due to the enormous drop in the platelet count.
Symptoms of dengue may include:
- Sudden onset of fever
- Prolonged high grade fever
- Severe headache
- Pain behind the eye
- Severe muscular pain
- Arthralgia (joint pain)
- Skin rash, appearing two to five days after the onset of fever
If symptoms are mild they might be mistaken as common flu; however, serious complications such as dengue hemorrhagic fever may arise if it remains undiagnosed. These symptoms may also progress into massive bleeding, shock, and death, which is termed as dengue shock syndrome (DSS).
Individuals with low immune systems as well as those with a previous history of dengue infection are believed to be at higher risk zone for developing dengue hemorrhagic fever.
Diagnosis of dengue fever is done by serological examinations like IgG, IgM, NS1, ELISA, CBC, etc. are used to evaluate dengue antibodies and platelets so as to diagnose dengue.
Treatment according to Modern medicine
There is no specific line of treatment as dengue is a viral infection. Instead symptomatic treatment and pain killers are used along with anti-pyretic drugs. Rather than the above, anti-viral drugs may be given depending upon the disease and patient’s condition. Apart from this proper rest, plenty of fluid intake and efficient nursing is advised to recover faster.
Ayurveda Body Cure’s treatment plan for Dengue fever
Dengue is considered among the classical description of Jwara in Charak Samhita (Classical book of Ayurvedic Medicine).
Dengue can be prevented and apart from that if an individual suffers from Dengue Ayurveda can offer a good supportive care and aid to combat Dengue. With the help of proper rest, dietary recommendations and proper herbal medication one can overcome Dengue fever quickly and in a less painful way.
When an individual is infected by the dengue virus the first symptom shown is general weakness and fever. As Ayurveda states that fever leads to serious weakening of digestive fire, your digestion needs to be taken care with proper intake of quantitative and qualitative diet. Our expert Ayurvedic physician helps you with customized dietary recommendations after the detailed consultation session considering all the influential factors.
Ayurveda has enlisted specific herbs working on the condition of Dengue and other such chronic and acute fever conditions. Most efficient among them are Tulsi/holy basil – Ocimum santum, wheat grass – Trictum aestivum, Papaya leaf – Carica papaya, Guduchi – Tinospora cordifolia, Punnarnava – Boerhaavia diffusa, etc. these are used in formulations to help your body fight Dengue fever.
Prevention from Dengue
There is no specific vaccine to prevent or cure Dengue but a healthy individual is less prone to be infected by Dengue fever. The safest way to prevent Dengue is indeed is to take adequate precaution from mosquito bites. However since one cannot escape the condition of mosquito bites perennially, it is best if you develop your immunity to prevent and resist from any infections like Dengue.
Ayurveda offers with Panchakarma detoxification and rejuvenating herbal medications for the purpose of building optimum immunity and resistance level. At Ayurveda Body Cure we offer you immune-modulator herbal medications and cleansing detox program, for a better resistance against Dengue and other such viral fevers.